Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup

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Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup
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The Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup logo
Type Cup awarded to the team with the most aggregate points
Teams involved
First contested 2007
All-time series Columbus Crew 3–2 FC Dallas

The Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup was a Major League Soccer series between FC Dallas and the Columbus Crew. Named after the late Lamar Hunt, one of the league's major investors and a key supporter of American soccer, initially the series was contested between the two teams still owned by the Hunt Sports Group (Sporting Kansas City was sold before the Pioneer Cup began). However, Columbus Crew was sold in 2013, and thus FC Dallas remains the only MLS team still owned by Hunt Sports Group. The Pioneer Cup is the second event in American soccer named after Lamar Hunt, whose name is also given to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

The first two editions of the Pioneer Cup were single preseason matches. The inaugural edition was played on March 11, 2007 at Pizza Hut Park, with Columbus defeating Dallas 3–0.[1] Proceeds from the game went to the charity Dallas SCORES.[2] The second edition of the cup was played on March 20, 2010 at Pizza Hut Park, with Dallas defeating Columbus 2–1 in heavy snow.[3][4]

In 2011, the Pioneer Cup was changed to a two-game, aggregate-goal series played during the regular season. The first leg was played at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH on April 1, 2011. The Crew took advantage of FC Dallas going one man down in the 33rd minute to win 2–0. The second, and deciding leg was played at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, TX on July 2, 2011, with the Hoops winning 2–0. Tied 2–2 on aggregate, FC Dallas retained the Pioneer Cup with the tie being broken by all-time head to head goals.


Year Winner Columbus Pts Dallas Pts Note
2007 Columbus 3 0 Won in Pre-Season
2010 FC Dallas 1 2 Won in Pre-Season
2011 FC Dallas 2 2 Retained by Dallas
2012 Columbus 2 1 Won in Regular Season

Match Results[edit]

      Columbus Win       Dallas Win       Draw

Date Venue Score Competition Attendance Ref.
March 11, 2007 Pizza Hut Park 0–3 Preseason friendly
March 20, 2010 Pizza Hut Park 2–1 Preseason friendly [4]
April 1, 2011 Crew Stadium 2–0 MLS regular season 14,459 [5]
July 2, 2011 Pizza Hut Park 2–0 MLS regular season 20,074 [6]
May 12, 2012 Columbus Crew Stadium 2–0 MLS regular season 11,120 [7]
CLB wins Draws FCD wins
3 0 2


  1. ^ Hunt, Steve (March 11, 2007). "FC Dallas fall to Crew in Hunt tribute". FC Dallas. Retrieved July 14, 2008. 
  2. ^ Hunt, Steve (March 10, 2007). "Hoops, Crew set to honor Hunt". FC Dallas. Retrieved July 14, 2008. 
  3. ^ Carrick, Buzz (March 4, 2010). "Pioneer Cup Returns". 3rd Degree. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Crew falls to FC Dallas in Lamar Hunt Cup". Columbus Crew. March 24, 2010. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Crew beat FCD for first win of the season". Major League Soccer. April 1, 2011. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ Casner, Robert (July 2, 2011). "Match Recap: FC Dallas 2, Columbus 0". FC Dallas. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Recap: Miranda, Crew rally past 10-man FC Dallas 2–1". May 12, 2012.