The Crew became the fifth Major League Soccer team to reach the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals on Thursday in Columbus thanks to a cumulative score of 5-0 against Real Esteli.
This means that all the Garber Circuit teams participating in the competition were able to move on to the next round, after Toronto FC, the Philadelphia Union, the Portland Timbers and Atlanta United.
On the lawn at Mapfre Stadium, the Ohio side had a fairly easy task, after securing a 4-0 victory in Nicaragua. It was Bradley Wright-Phillips who finally scored the only goal of the game in the 86th minute. The striker took advantage of a pass from his teammate Lucas Zelarayan to escape in front of the opposing goalkeeper and convert his attempt.
At the other end of the field, goalkeeper Eloy Room made two saves to sign the shutout.
The Crew are still waiting for their opponent in the next round. In all likelihood, the Ohio side are set to face Mexican team Monterrey, who won their first leg 3-0.
Before thinking about the quarter-finals, the Crew will start their MLS season on Sunday against the Union.