It all began 20 years ago to the day. Columbus Crew SC kicked off its first ever match on April 13, 1996. In front of over 25,000 supporters at Ohio Stadium, the first club in Major League Soccer celebrated its inaugural match with a 4-0 win over eventual MLS Cup Champions D.C. United.
The first goal in Crew SC history came in the 18th minute on an own goal from United defender Thor Lee. It was also the first own goal in MLS history. After that, it was the Brian McBride show. The forward kicked off his legendary career with a brace and assist, including an incredible volley off a kick by goalkeeper Bo Oshoniyi.
McBride and his squad would go on to finish the inaugural season with a 15-17-0 record, including an 8-8-0 run at home, while averaging almost 19,000 supporters throughout the season.
Over the past 20 years, Crew SC has played 633 regular-season matches with a record of 262-246-125. At home, the Black & Gold are 165-88-62. They have scored 917 goals in total and McBride's volley still stands as one of the most iconic.