Harvard Crimson men's soccer

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Harvard Crimson
men's soccer
Harvard Crimson logo.svg
UniversityHarvard University
Head coachPieter Lehrer (5th season)
LocationCambridge, MA
StadiumJordan Field
(Capacity: 2,500)
ColorsCrimson, White, and Black[1]
Pre-tournament ISFA/ISFL championships
1913, 1914, 1926, 1930
NCAA Tournament College Cup
1969, 1971, 1986, 1987
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1984, 1986, 1987
NCAA Tournament Round of 16
1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1984, 1986, 1987, 2009
NCAA Tournament appearances
1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1994, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Conference Regular Season championships
1955, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1969, 1970, 1987, 1994, 1996, 2006, 2009

The Harvard Crimson men's soccer team is an intercollegiate varsity sports team of Harvard University. The team is a member of the Ivy League of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

The Crimson fielded their first varsity team in 1905, making the team one of the oldest college soccer programs in the United States, and one of the oldest continuously operating soccer programs in the United States. Most of the Crimson's success came in the mid-1910s, where they won two ISFL championships (the college soccer predecessor to the NCAA), and again in the late 1920s to the early 1930s. Several professional soccer players, including Shep Messing, Andre Akpan, Michael Fucito and John Catliff played for the Crimson, as well as several notable professionals outside of the soccer world. This includes Theodore Roosevelt III, Daniel Needham and John Johansen.

Since their 1930 ISFL title, the Crimson have failed to win a national title, although in the late 1960s and early 1970s the Crimson reached the College Cup twice. Also, in both 1986 and 1987 the Crimson reached the NCAA Division I Final Four. Their most recent appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship came in 2009, when the Crimson reached the round of 16.

Since 2013, the Crimson have been coached by Pieter Lehrer, a former assistant coach for the California Golden Bears men's soccer program.

In November 2016, the team were suspended by the university after the student newspaper The Harvard Crimson published an article which indicated that team members had shared a yearly document in which they ranked new members of Harvard Crimson women's soccer team by their sex appeal and described them using sexually explicit terms. The suspension meant that they could no longer participate in any further games in the 2016 Ivy League men's soccer season (which they had been leading at the time of the suspension) or the National Collegiate Athletic Association.[2][3][4]


2017 roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
00 United States GK Landon Plunkett
0 United States GK Kyle Parks
1 United States GK Jorma Görns
2 United States DF Eric Gylling
3 United States DF Gavin Baker-Greene
4 United States FW Nate Devine
5 United States MF Joel Serugo
6 United States FW Philip Hausen
7 United States MF Christian Sady
8 United States MF Taner Dogan
9 United States MF Asa Silverman
11 Nigeria FW Ibukun Omotowa
12 United States MF Paolo Belloni-Urso
No. Position Player
13 Mexico DF Nathan Goldberg
14 United States DF Justin Crichlow
15 Norway MF Cornelius Bencsik
16 United States MF Matthew Glass
17 United States MF Matt Hatter
18 United States MF Sebastian Lindner-Liaw
19 United States DF Rory Conway
20 United States DF Fernando Docters
21 United States FW Cesar Farias
24 United States DF Jack Miler
26 United States MF Luis Viceira
27 United States MF Eduardo Cedeno
49 United States GK Matt Freese


  • Yale – Harvard athletics have a longstanding rivalry with Yale across all sports,[5][6][7][8] and it also translates to the men's soccer programs. Both programs have faced each other on an annual basis since 1907. The Crimson lead the series against the Bulldogs 53-38-12.[9]

Team honors[edit]

National championships[edit]

Season Coach Selectors Record
1913 Charles Burgess Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association 9–6–3
1914 Charles Burgess Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association 6–1–2
1926 Thomas B. White Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association 4–2–2
1930 John F. Carr Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association 8–1–0

Conference championships[edit]

Harvard has won 13 Ivy League championships.[10] The Ivy League began sponsoring men's varsity soccer in 1955. Prior to 1955, Harvard competed as an Independent.[11]

Season Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1955 Ivy J. Bruce Munro 10–2–0 5–1–0
1958 Ivy J. Bruce Munro 10–2–1 5–1–1
1959 Ivy J. Bruce Munro 9–1–3 5–1–0
1961 Ivy J. Bruce Munro 8–2–1 5–1–1
1962 Ivy J. Bruce Munro 6–5–0 5–2–0
1963 Ivy J. Bruce Munro 8–2–0 6–0–0
1969 Ivy J. Bruce Munro 14–1–0 7–0–0
1970 Ivy J. Bruce Munro 12–1–0 7–0–0
1987 Ivy Mike Getman 14–1–3 6–0–1
1994 Ivy Stephen Locker 5–9–2 5–1–1
1996 Ivy Stephen Locker 16–2–0 6–1–0
2006 Ivy John Kerr Jr. 14–5–1 6–0–1
2009 Ivy Jamie Clark 14–4–1 5–1–1

Individual honors[edit]

First Team All-Americans[edit]

Harvard has fielded 38 first-team All-Americans.[12] Several players including Andre Akpan, John Catliff and Will Kohler had professional careers following college.[13][14] Other notable All-Americans include John Johansen, who was part of the Harvard Five[15] and Daniel Needham, who was a future politician and commanding general for the 26th Infantry Division.[16][17][18]

Second Team All-Americans[edit]

Harvard has fielded 16-second-team All-Americans.

Third Team All-Americans[edit]

Harvard has fielded three third-team All-Americans.

Player Position Year
Tony Marks DF 1966
Nick Hotchkin FW 1987
Kevin Ara FW 2002

Kit history[edit]

First kits


Second kits


Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Harvard at a Glance | Harvard University". Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  2. ^ Fahs, C. Ramsey (October 25, 2016). "2012 Harvard Men's Soccer Team Produced Sexually Explicit 'Scouting Report' on Female Recruits". The Harvard Crimson.
  3. ^ "Harvard ends men's soccer team season over lewd rankings of female players". The Guardian. November 4, 2016.
  4. ^ Chokshi, Niraj (November 3, 2016). "Harvard Cancels Rest of Men's Soccer Season Over Lewd Ratings of Female Players". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Christenfeld, Sam O. M. (December 16, 2015). "Harvard-Yale Rivalry Goes Beyond the Game". The Harvard Crimson. thecrimson.com. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  6. ^ Rasco, Erick W. (November 21, 2017). "The Game: Harvard vs. Yale, Vol. 134" (Photojournal). Sports Illustrated. Time Warner. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  7. ^ Samuels, Robert S. (November 18, 2011). "A History of Harvard-Yale". The Harvard Crimson. thecrimson.com. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  8. ^ Corbett, Bernard M.; Simpson, Paul (December 18, 2007). The Only Game That Matters: The Harvard/Yale Rivalry. New York City: Crown-Archetype. ISBN 9780307422255.
  9. ^ "Harvard Men's Soccer Series Results" (PDF). gocrimson.com. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  10. ^ "Men's Soccer Ivy League Titles". gocrimson.com. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  11. ^ "Year-By-Year Results - Men's Soccer" (PDF). gocrimson.com. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  12. ^ "Harvard Men's Soccer All-Americans" (PDF). Harvard Crimson. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  13. ^ "MLS: 1997 Collegiate Draft Results (Feb. 2)". Soccer America. February 2, 1997. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  14. ^ "Andre Akpan". MLSSoccer.com. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  15. ^ Bernstein, Fred A. (October 26, 2012). "John Johansen, 96, Last of 'Harvard Five' Architects, Is Dead". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  16. ^ "Will Command 51st Artillery". The Boston Daily Globe. November 18, 1930.
  17. ^ "Needham Heads 26th Division". The Boston Daily Globe. November 17, 1934.
  18. ^ Sibley, Frank P. (March 19, 1933). "Needham Could Get Wire When There Wasn't Any". The Boston Daily Globe.

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