The Pioneer Cup: A tribute to Lamar Hunt

The Crew and FC Dallas match up once again in honor of American sports pioneer

FC Dallas and the Columbus Crew are two clubs with an undeniable connection. Both franchises are integral parts of the legacy of American sports pioneer Lamar Hunt. While the Crew represents Hunt¹s initial investment and belief in the potential of Major League Soccer, FC Dallas represents his vision for the growth of soccer in his hometown ­ a dream that dates back to his 1967 NASL venture.

Lamar Hunt's vision for soccer in North America lives on every time a match is played at Columbus Crew Stadium and FC Dallas Stadium, two of the first three soccer-specific stadiums built in the United States. Both stadiums memorialize Hunt with 10-foot tall statues of the visionary, and both clubs honor his legacy by wearing the emblem with the initials "LH" on the back of their jerseys.

This Saturday, FC Dallas and the Columbus Crew will pay tribute to the legacy of Lamar Hunt when they meet for the only time in 2012 for the Pioneer Cup at Crew Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports Ohio).

Here's how the two clubs match up.

Accomplishment
0 MLS Cup 1 (2008)
0 Supporters Shield 3 (2004, 2008, 2009)
1 (2010) Conference Championship 1 (2008)
1 (1997) Lamar Hunt
U.S. Open Cup
Championship
1 (2002)
3-5-3 (12 pts.) Current Record 2-4-2 (8 pts.)
15-12-7 (52 pts) 2011 Record 13-13-8 (47 pts)
MLS Wild Card 2011 Playoff Result MLS Wild Card
16-16-8 MLS Head-to-Head Record 16-16-8
2002 Year Acquired/Founded
by Hunt Sports Group
1994
2005 Year Moved into
Soccer-Specific Stadium
1999
Approximately 2,000 Number of Players
enrolled in Youth system
Approximately 3,000