Army-Navy Cup returns to Talen Energy Stadium as the Navy men’s soccer team (2-3-1) renews their rivalry against Army West Point (2-3-1) in Army-Navy Cup V. Kick-off for this growing event is scheduled for Friday at 7:00 PM. The contest will serve as the 2016 Army-Navy men’s regular season Patriot League soccer opener for both schools.
The pageantry of Army-Navy Cup III brought 10,168 fans to Talen Energy Stadium. In 2014 and there were 9,316 fans in attendance at Army-Navy Cup IV in 2015. The 2014 and 2015 crowds were each ranked as the third-largest crowds in NCAA Division I men's soccer for each respective season. Tickets are still available and can be purchased the night of the game at the Talen Energy Stadium box office.
“The Army-Navy Cup is a great showcase for our program,” said Navy’s first-year head coach Tim O’Donohue. “Army-Navy is one of the great rivalries in sports; professional or college. We are really excited to play in the game and we are getting the team prepared to put on a great performance at Talen Energy Stadium. We are hoping to get a great turnout from our Navy supporters for our team. It’s a great showcase for our team and we will be putting our best foot forward.”
In the spirit of this extraordinarily competitive, patriotic rivalry, not to be outdone, the response from Army West Point was appropriately upbeat.
"We're exciting to see this game continue to grow,” offered Army West Point Head Coach Russell Payne. “The fan support for Army-Navy Cup has been great. The support we get from the West Point folks, in terms of how they've gotten behind the game and pushed it to the level that you've seen the last four years, has been incredible."
Prior to Army-Navy Cup, there will be a ceremonial pregame coin toss with U.S. Women’s National Team World Cup Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Christie Rampone and U.S. Congressman Patrick Meehan. There will be a fan fest on the Toyota Plaza prior to the game at Talen Energy Stadium. At halftime, two Philadelphia-area high school soccer players who live by the motto “If Not Me Then Who...” will receive the inaugural First Lieutenant Travis Manion & Corporal Michael Crescenz Award.
The American Sports Network will televise the Army-Navy contest on Friday. The game will be broadcast on 68 local stations in 25 states, Washington, D.C. and nationwide on Direct TV (NESN) and Dish Network (NESN). The announcers for the contest will be Jason Knapp and Richard Broad. Live video of the match will also be streamed on the internet for free at PatriotLeague.TV.
Navy leads the all-time series against Army, 40-28-14. Navy is 40-25-13 in Star Games and 2-1-1 in Army-Navy Cup games over the last four years in Chester.
The Army-Navy Cup began in Chester in 2012 with Army and Navy playing to a 1-1 draw. In the Army-Navy Cup II in 2013, Navy scored in the 107th minute of double overtime for the 1-0 win. In 2014 at Army-Navy Cup III, Navy won again with a goal in double overtime in the 107th minute for a 1-0 win. Army defeated Navy, 2-1, in Army-Navy Cup IV last season.