Pioneers Qualify for 2018 Open Cup

Pairing Announced on April 4

It has been announced that the Western Mass Pioneers qualified for the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. They will find out who they will face and the venue on April 4, when U.S. Soccer reveals the pairings. The Pioneers will start in the first round, to be played on May 9.

 The U.S. Open Cup is a knock-out cup competition and also the oldest national soccer competition in the U.S., starting in 1914. This year, 94 different soccer teams are entered in the tournament.

“It is our goal every year to qualify for and play in the Open Cup” commented team General Manager Greg Kolodziey. “Our field has a lot of Open Cup soccer history, stretching back to 1939.”

This is the eleventh time the Pioneers have played in the Open Cup, qualifying for the first time in 1998. The last time Western Mass played was in 2017, when they lost a first round heartbreaker in penalty kicks to Boston City F.C. (NPSL). The farthest the team reached was the third round in 2005, when the Pioneers lost at home 3-1 in a historic game against MLS team Chicago Fire. 

Evan Burokas