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Harvard Crimson men's soccer

Harvard Crimson soccer
Founded1905; 119 years ago (1905)
UniversityHarvard University
LocationBoston, Massachusetts
StadiumJordan Field
ColorsCrimson, white, and black[1]
Pre-tournament ISFA/ISFL championships
1913, 1914, 1926, 1930
NCAA Tournament College Cup
1969, 1971, 1986, 1987
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1984, 1986, 1987
NCAA Tournament Round of 16
1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1984, 1986, 1987, 2009
NCAA Tournament appearances
1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1994, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Conference Regular Season championships
1955, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1969, 1970, 1987, 1994, 1996, 2006, 2009

The Harvard Crimson men's soccer team is an intercollegiate varsity sports team of Harvard University. The team is a member of the Ivy League of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.[2]

The Crimson fielded their first varsity team in 1905,[3] making the team one of the oldest college soccer programs in the United States, and one of the oldest continuously operating soccer programs in the United States. Most of the Crimson's success came in the mid-1910s, where they won two ISFL (the college soccer predecessor to the NCAA) championships, and again in the late 1920s to the early 1930s.

A Harvard (dark shirt) v Yale game in 1922

Since their 1930 ISFL title, the Crimson have failed to win a national title, although in the late 1960s and early 1970s the Crimson reached the College Cup twice. Also, in both 1986 and 1987 the Crimson reached the NCAA Division I Final Four. Their most recent appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship came in 2009, when the Crimson reached the round of 16.

From 2013 through 2019, the Crimson were coached by Pieter Lehrer, a former assistant coach for the California Golden Bears men's soccer program. In 2014, Ross Friedman attained two all-time Harvard records with 12 season assists and 17 career assists, also ranking 6th in the NCAA in assists and 5th in assists per game.[4]

In November 2016, the team were suspended by the university after the student newspaper The Harvard Crimson published an article which indicated that team members had shared a yearly document in which they ranked new members of Harvard Crimson women's soccer team by their sex appeal and described them using sexually explicit terms. The suspension meant that they could no longer participate in any further games in the 2016 Ivy League men's soccer season (which they had been leading at the time of the suspension) or the National Collegiate Athletic Association.[5][6][7]

Several professional soccer players, including Shep Messing, Ross Friedman, Andre Akpan, Michael Fucito and John Catliff played for the Crimson, as well as several notable professionals outside of the soccer world. This includes Theodore Roosevelt III, Daniel Needham and John Johansen.


As of 20 August 2023 [8]
Match between Harvard (in black) and Air Force in 2018

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK United States USA Cullen MacNeil
2 DF Iceland ISL Kristján Gunnarsson
3 DF England ENG James Fahmy
4 DF Canada CAN Nik White
5 DF Germany GER Jan Riecke
6 MF United States USA Sam Bjarnason
7 FW United States USA Marcos Ojea
8 MF Serbia SRB Marko Isakovic
9 FW Costa Rica CRC Ale Gutiérrez
10 FW Italy ITA Alessandro Arlotti
11 FW Cyprus CYP Andreas Savva
12 DF United States USA Rustin Khosravi
13 MF United States USA Ben Kelly
14 MF Finland FIN Juho Ojanen
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 MF United States USA Harry Moore
16 MF Norway NOR Erik Dalaker
17 MF United States USA Dylan Tellado
18 MF Slovakia SVK Matus Vician
19 FW Norway NOR Nicholas Nyquist
20 DF United States USA Zachary Sardi-Santos
21 MF New Zealand NZL Willem Ebbinge
23 MF Japan JPN Kaoru Fujiwara
25 DF United States USA Ludovico Rollo
26 MF United States USA Ethan Veghte
28 DF United States USA Edwin Dominguez
33 DF United States USA Ricardo Rollo
99 GK Sweden SWE Lucian Wood


Harvard athletics have a longstanding rivalry with Yale across all sports since 1875,[9][10][11][12] and it also translates to the men's soccer programs.

Both programs have faced each other on an annual basis since 1907.[13][14][15] As of Nov 2023, the Crimson lead the series against the Bulldogs 54–42–13.[16]

Team honors

National championships

Season Coach Selectors Record
1913 Charles Burgess Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association 9–6–3
1914 Charles Burgess Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association 6–1–2
1926 Thomas B. White Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association 4–2–2
1930 John F. Carr Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association 8–1–0

Conference championships

Harvard has won 13 Ivy League championships.[17] The Ivy League began sponsoring men's varsity soccer in 1955. Prior to 1955, Harvard competed as an Independent.[18]

Season Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1955 Ivy J. Bruce Munro 10–2–0 5–1–0
1958 Ivy J. Bruce Munro 10–2–1 5–1–1
1959 Ivy J. Bruce Munro 9–1–3 5–1–0
1961 Ivy J. Bruce Munro 8–2–1 5–1–1
1962 Ivy J. Bruce Munro 6–5–0 5–2–0
1963 Ivy J. Bruce Munro 8–2–0 6–0–0
1969 Ivy J. Bruce Munro 14–1–0 7–0–0
1970 Ivy J. Bruce Munro 12–1–0 7–0–0
1987 Ivy Mike Getman 14–1–3 6–0–1
1994 Ivy Stephen Locker 5–9–2 5–1–1
1996 Ivy Stephen Locker 16–2–0 6–1–0
2006 Ivy John Kerr Jr. 14–5–1 6–0–1
2009 Ivy Jamie Clark 14–4–1 5–1–1

Individual honors

First Team All-Americans

Harvard has fielded 38 first-team All-Americans.[19] Several players including Andre Akpan, John Catliff and Will Kohler had professional careers following college.[20][21] Other notable All-Americans include John Johansen, who was part of the Harvard Five[22] and Daniel Needham, who was a future politician and commanding general for the 26th Infantry Division.[23][24][25]

Second Team All-Americans

Harvard has fielded 16-second-team All-Americans.

Third Team All-Americans

Harvard has fielded three third-team All-Americans.

Player Position Year
Tony Marks DF 1966
Nick Hotchkin FW 1987
Kevin Ara FW 2002

Kit history

Historically, the Harvard soccer teams have worn white kits as their primary colors, while alternate kits have been crimson[26] or black.[27]

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ "Color Scheme" (PDF). Harvard Athletics Brand Identity Guide. July 27, 2021. Retrieved October 31, 2021.
  2. ^ "Men's Soccer". Harvard University. Retrieved 2023-02-23.
  3. ^ Men's soccer history on
  4. ^ Batterson, Paul (January 23, 2014). "Homegrown Friedman hopes to become a permanent part of the crew". Columbus Free Press. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  5. ^ Fahs, C. Ramsey (October 25, 2016). "2012 Harvard Men's Soccer Team Produced Sexually Explicit 'Scouting Report' on Female Recruits". The Harvard Crimson.
  6. ^ "Harvard ends men's soccer team season over lewd rankings of female players". The Guardian. November 4, 2016.
  7. ^ Chokshi, Niraj (November 3, 2016). "Harvard Cancels Rest of Men's Soccer Season Over Lewd Ratings of Female Players". The New York Times.
  8. ^ [1] on Harvard Crimson website
  9. ^ Christenfeld, Sam O. M. (December 16, 2015). "Harvard-Yale Rivalry Goes Beyond the Game". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  10. ^ Rasco, Erick W. (November 21, 2017). "The Game: Harvard vs. Yale, Vol. 134" (Photojournal). Sports Illustrated. Time Warner. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  11. ^ Samuels, Robert S. (November 18, 2011). "A History of Harvard-Yale". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  12. ^ Corbett, Bernard M.; Simpson, Paul (December 18, 2007). The Only Game That Matters: The Harvard/Yale Rivalry. New York City: Crown-Archetype. ISBN 9780307422255.
  13. ^ "Game-by-Game Results" (PDF). Yale University Athletics. Retrieved November 18, 2023.
  14. ^ "First Harvard versus Yale Football Game Program, 1875 - lot - Sotheby's".
  15. ^ "Year by Year 1875".
  16. ^ Men's soccer statistics 2023 at
  17. ^ "Men's Soccer Ivy League Titles". Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  18. ^ "Year-By-Year Results - Men's Soccer" (PDF). Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  19. ^ "Harvard Men's Soccer All-Americans" (PDF). Harvard Crimson. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 8, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  20. ^ "MLS: 1997 Collegiate Draft Results (Feb. 2)". Soccer America. February 2, 1997. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  21. ^ "Andre Akpan". Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  22. ^ Bernstein, Fred A. (October 26, 2012). "John Johansen, 96, Last of 'Harvard Five' Architects, Is Dead". The New York Times. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  23. ^ "Will Command 51st Artillery". The Boston Daily Globe. November 18, 1930.
  24. ^ "Needham Heads 26th Division". The Boston Daily Globe. November 17, 1934.
  25. ^ Sibley, Frank P. (March 19, 1933). "Needham Could Get Wire When There Wasn't Any". The Boston Daily Globe.
  26. ^ Bjarnason, Arlotti Score Goals, Men’s Soccer Drops 3-2 Decision at Cornell, 1 Oct 2022
  27. ^ Men's Soccer Wins Thriller at Dartmouth, 1-0, 29 Oct 2016

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