Philadelphia Union today announced the return of Army-Navy Cup XI Presented by Leidos to Subaru Park for the 11th installment of the storied match. The rival academies will kick off on Friday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here.
Philadelphia Union has played host to the Army-Navy Cup since its inaugural match in 2012, with Army currently leading the series at 4-3-3 across 10 editions. The debut edition in 2012 ended in a draw, as did the 2017 match. Navy won in both 2013 and 2014, while Army took the victory in 2015, 2016 and 2018. In 2019, the match ended in a 1-1 draw in double overtime. In April 2021, Army retained the Cup behind a 2-0 win. The two academies last played in October 2021 when Navy saw its first win in seven years.
Navy had a strong 2021-22 campaign going 12-6-1. The Midshipmen are led by Head Coach Tim O'Donohue, who returns for his seventh season at the helm of the Navy men's soccer program, having led the team to winning records in each of the last three years. Under his leadership, senior defender and two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year Matt Nocita was selected No. 7 overall in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft to the New York Red Bulls, making him the highest-drafted Patriot League men's soccer player. Captaining the Midshipmen is senior defender JD Wagner, a product of the Philadelphia Union Academy. Wagner was named to the All-Patriot League Team in 2021 and started all 19 games for Navy.
Joining Wagner among the top returning players for Navy this season are David Jackson and Baba Kallie, who garnered Second Team All-Patriot honors. Jackson looks to build off a strong 2021 season where he was awarded Patriot League Rookie of the Year and United Soccer Coaches Third Team All-Atlantic Region.
“We are truly appreciative of the opportunity to bring this great rivalry back to Subaru Park and the extraordinary support of the Philadelphia Union,” said Navy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. “This event is growing into one of the best collegiate soccer events in the nation and we look forward to another spirited match with our rivals at West Point. The Army-Navy rivalry is like no other and Army-Navy Cup XI should prove to be another one for the history books.”
The Black Knights enter the matchup after finishing the 2021 season with an overall record of 8-7-3 in head coach Brian Plotkin’s first full campaign at the helm,. Under Plotkin’s direction, the Black Knights will be captained by a pair of returning senior defenders, Luke Doyle and D'Anthony Brown. Doyle was a member of the All-Patriot League Academic Team and was a key contributor to an Army back line that ranked No. 3 in the Patriot League in fewest goals allowed. Brown will also return to help the Black Knights after anchoring the defensive unit for Army last season, playing in all 18 games and scoring two goals, tied for most on the team as a defender.
In goal, Army returns the duo of Josh Taylor and Thomas Hut, who are expected to compete for a starting position through the preseason. Offensively, sophomore Andrew Guerra – who ranked in the Patriot League’s Top 10 in goals (t-5th), goals per game (t-5th), shots (t-9th), shots per game (t-10th) and points (t-10th) – will look to continue the success of his inaugural season as a Black Knight.
“We are excited to play in Army-Navy Cup XI at Subaru Park and offer our Cadet Athletes the chance to compete against The Midshipmen in a top-notch MLS stadium once again,” said Army Director of Athletics Mike Buddie. “We are thankful for the generous hospitality of the Philadelphia Union and support from all the sponsors who make this event possible for both service academies, and we look forward to a thrilling match.”
Army Navy Cup XI is presented by Leidos and made possible with the support from the following sponsors: Visit Delco, Energy Transfer, Sunoco, Steamfitters Local Union 420, Holman Automotive, IBEW Local 98, Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, U.S. Army Recruiting, U.S. Navy Recruiting, TD Bank, and Monroe Energy.