Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup

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Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup
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The Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup initial logo
Type Cup awarded to the team with the most aggregate goals per year
First meeting 2007
Latest meeting 2016
Next meeting 2017
All-time series Columbus Crew 5-3 FC Dallas

The Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup is a Major League Soccer (MLS) series between FC Dallas and the Columbus Crew. The series is named after the late Lamar Hunt, who was one of the league's early 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 also previously owned by the Hunt Sports Group, but was sold before the Pioneer Cup began). However, the Columbus Crew was sold in 2013, and thus FC Dallas remains the only MLS team still owned by the 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 (now known as Toyota Stadium), 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 Dallas winning 2–0. Tied 2–2 on aggregate, Columbus regained the Pioneer Cup with the tie being broken by all-time head to head goals, 6-4 in favor of Columbus.

When Major League Soccer restructured scheduling ahead of the 2012 season, Columbus and Dallas would play only once in the regular season. Therefore, the Cup was changed to a one-game, winner-take-all contest. In the event of a draw, the all time head-to-head goals tiebreaker remained. In the 2013 edition, Columbus scored four goals with three different scorers to win the Cup for the second straight year. The 2014 contest was a bit more lackluster than previous encounters. An early summer thunderstorm suspended the start of the match and then eventually postponed it to the following day after a Columbus fan was struck by lightning and injured prior to the game being started.[5] The game was played the next day on a hot afternoon, but no player from either side could find the net in a match then ended scoreless. Due to the scoreless draw, Columbus retained the Cup for the third year in a row due to the all-time head-to-head goals tiebreaker being 12-7 in Columbus' favor.


Year Winner Columbus Pts Dallas Pts Note
2007 Columbus Crew SC 3 0 Won in Pre-Season
2010 FC Dallas 1 2 Won in Pre-Season
2011 FC Dallas 2 2 Won via Head to Head goals tiebreaker (6-4)
2012 Columbus Crew SC 2 1 Won in Regular Season
2013 Columbus Crew SC 4 2 Won in Regular Season
2014 Columbus Crew SC 1 1 Retained via Head to Head goals tiebreaker (12-7)
2015 FC Dallas 0 3 Won in Regular Season
2016 Columbus Crew SC 1 1 Retained via Head to Head goals tiebreaker (13-10)

Match Results[edit]

  Columbus Win   Dallas Win   Draw

Date Venue Score Competition Attendance Ref.
March 11, 2007 Pizza Hut Park 3-0 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 [6]
July 2, 2011 Pizza Hut Park 2–0 MLS regular season 20,074 [7]
May 12, 2012 Columbus Crew Stadium 2–0 MLS regular season 11,120 [8]
September 29, 2013 FC Dallas Stadium 4–2 MLS regular season 11,422 [9]
June 29, 2014 Columbus Crew Stadium 0–0 MLS regular season 20,617 [10]
September 6, 2015 Mapfre Stadium 3–0 MLS regular season 20,217
April 2, 2016 Toyota Stadium 1–1 MLS regular season 13,174 [11]
CLB wins Draws FCD wins
4 2 3


  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. ^ "Soccer | Crew: Firefighter struck by lightning; game rescheduled for today". Retrieved 2016-08-30. 
  6. ^ "Crew beat FCD for first win of the season". Major League Soccer. April 1, 2011. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  7. ^ Casner, Robert (July 2, 2011). "Match Recap: FC Dallas 2, Columbus 0". FC Dallas. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Recap: Miranda, Crew rally past 10-man FC Dallas 2–1". May 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Recap: Crew draws closer to playoff picture with key road win". September 29, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Black & Gold draw FC Dallas at home in postponed match". June 29, 2014. 
  11. ^ "FC Dallas 1, Columbus Crew SC 1 | 2016 MLS Match Recap". MatchCenter. Retrieved 2016-08-30.