The Pioneer Cup: A tribute to Lamar Hunt

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

Lamar Hunt statue unveiling

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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 Pizza Hut Park, 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 Friday, FC Dallas and the Columbus Crew will pay tribute to the legacy of Lamar Hunt once again when they meet in the first leg of the 2011 Pioneer Cup at Crew Stadium in Columbus (7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Soccer).

Here's how the two clubs match up.

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
1 (2002)
0-1-1 Current Record 0-1-1
12-4-14 (50 pts) 2010 Record 14-8-8 (50 pts)
MLS Cup Final 2010 Playoff Result MLS Cup Quarter-finals
15-15-8 Head-to-Head Record 15-15-8
2002 Year Acquired/Founded
by Hunt Sports Group
2005 Year Moved into
Soccer-Specific Stadium
Approximately 2,000 Number of Players
enrolled in Youth system
Approximately 3,000