Providence, RI- Five members of the Brown University men's soccer team (Evan Coleman '12, team captain Taylor Gorman '12, TJ Popolizio '12, Jay Hayward '12, and Thomas McNamara '13) have recently earned the opportunity to compete in the 98th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and helped lead the Western Mass Pioneers through qualifying and into the first round of the Open Cup.
The Pioneers clinched the top spot in the Division with a 1-0 victory over the previously unbeaten and untied Portland Phoenix. McNamara helped to decide the outcome of this crucial contest when he laid on the game-winning assist in the 71st minute.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the oldest knockout tournament of its kind in the United States. More than 155 team entered at the initial stages, and thirty-nine of the forty teams that will make up the tournament proper have now qualified. In their first round game to be played on June 14, the Pioneers have drawn FC New York, who qualified automatically as result of their position as a USL Pro franchise,
The eight MLS teams who have qualified -- Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew, FC Dallas, Los Angeles Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, Real Salt Lake, Seattle Sounders, and Sporting Kansas City -- will enter the tournament on June 28 to take on the eight teams that advance from rounds one and two.
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