Columbus Crew fire coach Caleb Porter

On Sunday night, after the Crew lost 2-1 to Orlando City to be eliminated from playoff contention for the second straight year, coach Caleb Porter sounded like he was resigned to his fate.

“I’ll take responsibility,” Porter said. “I’m the head coach. This offseason starts today. Let’s see where it’s at. There’s going to be, I’m sure, a lot of discussions. I have a year left on my contract, so I plan on honoring that. I hope I get the chance.”

Porter will not get that chance. On Monday, less than 24 hours after the season-ending loss, he was relieved of his duties after four seasons as the Crew’s coach. The high point of Porter’s tenure was winning the MLS Cup in 2020, but a second consecutive season in which his team missed the playoffs was the final, decisive low point.

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