Pioneers Qualify for Open Cup

Host game on May 10

The Western Mass Pioneers qualified for the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. They will host Boston City FC at Lusitano Stadium on May 10, at 7 PM.

The Open Cup is a knock-out cup competition and also the oldest national soccer competition in the U.S., starting in 1914.  This year, 99 different soccer teams are entered in the tournament.

This is the tenth time the Pioneers have played in the Open Cup, qualifying for the first time in 1998.  The last time Western Mass played in the tournament was in 2015, when they lost a first round heartbreaker in penalty kicks to Greater Binghamton FC.  The farthest the team reached was the third round in 2005, when the Pioneers lost at home 3-1 in a thrilling game against MLS team Chicago Fire.

Western Mass faces a challenge in NPSL side Boston City FC. Boston City qualified for the Open Cup in their inaugural year, and are coached by the famous Brazilian player Palhinha. 

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

If the Pioneers win, they will host the second round game on May 17 against the winner of the GPS Portland Phoenix (PDL) and GPS Omens (BSSL) game.

Evan Burokas