The Dispatch ran a great rundown of the Crew's all-time history, tracking the club from its mid-90s inception up until today's MLS Cup and all the highs and lows in between.

Let's take a more micro look. How did this season play out so memorably for Columbus? Going game by game, we shall see...

The Dispatch ran a great rundown of the Crew's all-time history, tracking the club from its mid-90s inception up until today's MLS Cup and all the highs and lows in between.

Let's take a more micro look. How did this season play out so memorably for Columbus? Going game by game, we shall see...

March 29: Columbus 2, Toronto 0 (home) The year began with a showdown of clubs and fan bases as Toronto brought down more than 2,000 fans and Columbus sprouted an early, surly Nordecke to shout down the visitors. Spritely young Scottish midfielder Adam Moffat was the hero of the day, scoring the game-winner and saving an opposing goal off the line. Moffat would be a key contributor early on before a knee injury sidelined him for most of 2008. (Record: 1-0)

April 5: New York 2, Columbus 0 (away) In their home opener, the Red Bulls scored within the first minute and quickly pounded in a second tally to bury Columbus before 10 minutes were up. William Hesmer saved a penalty kick for the second week in a row, but he couldn't save the Crew from its first loss of the year. (1-1)

April 12: Columbus 4, Chivas 3 (home) Fewer fans than ever turned out to watch one of the sloppiest but most exciting Crew games in history. Columbus allowed Chivas USA to come back from deficits of 1-0 and 3-1 before Robbie Rogers' goofy breakaway goal secured the 4-3 triumph. (2-1)

April 17: Columbus 2, DC United 1 (away) Led by Alejandro Moreno, who scored once and pressured DC into an own goal, Columbus went into RFK and took care of business, something Crew teams of old always struggled to do. (3-1)

April 26: Columbus 1, Houston 0 (home) The Crew withstood a terrifying onslaught of late-game offense by the Dynamo to make Moreno's 22nd-minute score stand up. (4-1)

May 3: Columbus 2, Kansas City 1 (home) Columbus continued its winning ways. First-half goals from Moffat and Robbie Rogers were enough to come away with the win, although the Wizards pulled one back thanks to a Claudio Lopez penalty kick in the 79th minute. (5-1)

May 10: Columbus 3, San Jose 2 (away) Things looked bleak for the Crew's winning streak as they trailed the Earthquakes 1-0 as late as the 73rd minute. Then Rogers exploded for goals in minutes 73 and 81. Brad Evans followed with what would prove to be an important 83rd-minute score. San Jose came back with a late strike to make it 3-2, but the Crew prevailed to run its unbeaten streak to five matches. (6-1)

May 17: Columbus 0, Toronto 0 (away) This one was kind of a snoozer. (6-1-1)

May 24: New England 1, Columbus 0 (home) Just when the Crew and the Revolution seemed to have gutted out a scoreless tie, Kheli Dube settled things with an unassisted score in the 89th minute to halt the Crew's early-season momentum. (6-2-1)

May 31: Chivas 2, Columbus 0 (away) For the third straight match, Columbus failed to score a goal. Chivas made them pay with a pair of rapid-fire strikes in minutes 20 and 21, sending the Crew home with another L. (6-3-1)

June 7: San Jose 2, Columbus 0 (home) The scoreless streak stretched on as San Jose quieted the Nordecke with goals in the 10th and 60th and left Crew fans wondering if they had gotten too excited too early. (6-4-1)

June 14: Columbus 3, Kansas City 0 (away) The Crew put an end to its goal drought in definitive fashion with a 3-0 shellacking of KC. The potent Schelotto-to-Chad Marshall combination connected for the first time to give Columbus the lead, then Moreno followed with two tallies to put an exclamation point on the day. (7-4-1)

June 21: Columbus 3, Los Angeles 3 (away) After a late Galaxy penalty kick seemed to deep-six the Crew, super-sub Steven Lenhart put a knife in LA's heart with one of his patented late-game equalizers. (7-4-2)

June 28: Columbus 2, Colorado 1 (home) (8-4-2)

July 5: Columbus 2, Chicago 2 (home) Lenhart strikes again. Columbus dug itself into a 2-0 hole, but a second half goal from Emmanuel Ekpo and a late equalizer from Lenhart earned a draw with bitter rival Chicago. (8-4-3)

July 12: Salt Lake 2, Columbus 0 (away) (8-5-3)

July 17: Columbus 3, Kansas City 3 (home) What a night of wild swings this was. First KC scored twice. Then the Crew answered with three goals of its own, all before the halftime whistle. Josh Wolff nabbed a draw for the visitors late in the second half, dimming what had been a bright comeback by Columbus. (8-5-4)

July 27: Columbus 2, Colorado 0 (away) For whatever reason, the Crew traditionally has struggled out in Denver. So this gutty win boded well for the marvelous months that followed. Lenhart got the start and put the Crew up 1-0 before being ejected. Down a man, the Crew kept fighting and kept the Rapids out of their net before Jason Garey sealed the win with an opportunistic late score. (9-5-4)

August 2: Houston 2, Columbus 0 (away) The defending champions avenged their early loss to Columbus. This was the last time the Crew would lose for quite some time. (9-6-4)

August 16: Columbus 2, Dallas 1 (home) Columbus spoiled Jeff Cunningham's day. After the former Crew striker staked Dallas to a 1-0 lead, second-half goals from Brian Carroll and Brad Evans lifted the Black and Gold to victory. Both assists came courtesy of Guillermo Barros Schelotto, who cemented his case for MVP with a stellar streak that began here. (10-6-4)

August 23: Columbus 3, Salt Lake 0 (home) Schelotto had a hand in all three goals as the Crew decimated one of the West's premier clubs. This was total domination. (11-6-4)

August 30: Columbus 2, Dallas 1 (away) A familiar script from two weeks before: Cunningham puts Dallas up by one, and Schelotto responds with two assists to lead the Crew to a win. This time it's Moreno and Eddie Gaven with the crucial conversions. (12-6-4)

September 6: Columbus 4, New England 0 (home) If the dismantling of Real Salt Lake sent a message, this was a blaring clarion call that the Crew wasn't going away. Columbus came out blazing against New England, but the Revolution nearly escaped the first half with a blank slate. Goals from Schelotto and Andy Iro in the half's final minutes made sure the Crew's bombast was not for nought. Schelotto chipped in with another assist to Garey in the second half, and the reserve forward made it a brace when Pat Noonan fed him for the fourth goal of the night. (Noonan and Garey had the audacity to combine on a goal without help from Schelotto, who had played a part in 10 straight Columbus goals.) (13-6-4)

September 13: Columbus 1, Toronto 1 (away) Noonan, a late-season addition, helped out again. The former New England attacker sent a blazing strike to the upper corner to earn a 1-1 tie with Toronto and secure the Trillium Cup, awarded to the winner of the season series between the clubs. (13-6-5)

September 18: Columbus 3, New York 1 (home) For the second straight match, Schelotto sat out with an injury. In his absence, the Crew proved that it had become a well-oiled machine even without its MVP. Columbus surrendered an early free kick to Juan Pablo Angel, but from there it was all Crew. Frankie Hejduk chipped in a beauty before halftime. Robbie Rogers opened the second half with what should have been MLS Goal of the Year. And Eddie Gaven provided the insurance. It was a rambunctious night. (14-6-5)

September 27: Columbus 1, New England 0 (away) The Crew followed its shellacking of New England a few weeks back with another W over NE. This time there were fewer fireworks just the latest soaring header from Marshall but it left no doubt who would rule the East this year. Columbus all but wrapped up playoff home field advantage here. (15-6-5)

October 4: Columbus 1, Los Angeles 0 (home) Playing in front of a Beckham-inflated crowd, the Crew played some of its ugliest soccer in a while. No matter. The Nordecke ballooned to epic proportions, and Moreno's first-half score held up for the win. (16-6-5)

October 12: Columbus 2, Chicago 2 (away) The Crew scored two on the Fire, but a pair of Brian McBride goals bookended the day. Columbus and Chicago registered another 2-2 tie, knotting the season series between the teams that would finish Nos. 1 and 2 in the East. With this result, Columbus won its second Supporters Shield, the fan-sponsored award given to the team with the best regular season record. (16-6-6)

October 18: New York 3, Columbus 1 (away) Having already wrapped up the Shield, Sigi Schmid decided to rest six starters for this trip to Giants Stadium. As such, the Crew lost. (This ended up helping New York get to the playoffs, where they caught fire and earned a trip to face the Crew today.) The biggest story of the day was the first goal scored by a goalkeeper in MLS history, as New York's backup Danny Cepero had an 80-yard free kick take a funny bounce on the artificial turf and beat Crew backup Andy Gruenebaum. (16-6-7)

October 26: Columbus 1, DC United 0 (home) In terms of standings, this match was meaningless too. Sentimentally, though, the chance to knock DC United out of playoff contention was sweet for longtime Crew fans who remember DC's many Columbus ousters in the early days of MLS. Evans' brilliant 79th-minute strike sealed the perfect ending to the regular season. (17-6-7)

PLAYOFFS November 1: Columbus 1, Kansas City 1 (away) Playing on a comically small field in a minor league baseball stadium, the Crew couldn't play its game, which relies on open spaces. Still, when Kansas City went up 1-0 in the playoff opener, it was against the run of play. The Crew risked returning to Columbus down 1-0 in the two-game aggregate series, but Lenhart once again bailed his club out with a late poach. His goal sent the series back to Columbus level.

November 8: Columbus 2, Kansas City 0 (home) Back in the friendly confines of Crew Stadium, Columbus had no trouble burying the Wizards. Goals from Evans and Rogers sent KC home packing and propelled the Crew to its fifth conference final.

November 13: Columbus 2, Chicago 1 (home) On a brisk Thursday night, in front of a national audience and the rowdiest Nordecke yet, the Crew earned its first trip to MLS Cup. Another McBride goal against his former club had Chicago up at halftime. But Marshall and Gaven with some help from Schelotto and Moreno made sure Columbus would prevail.