Lamar Hunt statue unveiling
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The Pioneer Cup: A tribute to Lamar Hunt

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.

0MLS Cup1 (2008)
0Supporters Shield3 (2004, 2008, 2009)
1 (2010)Conference Championship1 (2008)
1 (1997)Lamar Hunt
U.S. Open Cup
1 (2002)
0-1-1Current Record0-1-1
12-4-14 (50 pts)2010 Record14-8-8 (50 pts)
MLS Cup Final2010 Playoff ResultMLS Cup Quarter-finals
15-15-8Head-to-Head Record15-15-8
2002Year Acquired/Founded
by Hunt Sports Group
2005Year Moved into
Soccer-Specific Stadium
Approximately 2,000Number of Players
enrolled in Youth system
Approximately 3,000

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