HANOVER, N.H.- The Dartmouth men's soccer team will host the Haiti and Cape Verde national teams in a pair of international friendlies during the spring. The Big Green will play Haiti on April 20 and Cape Verde on April 22. The Haiti game will benefit Partners in Health relief efforts in Haiti.
The game with Haiti will kickoff at 7 p.m. at Burnham Field, while the Cape Verde game is a scheduled 2 p.m. start.
"We are very excited to be hosting these international exhibition matches at Dartmouth this spring," said head coach Jeff Cook. "This a wonderful opportunity to bring renewed focus on the challenges that remain in Haiti and how organizations like Partners in Health rely on continued commitment from their supporters. Dartmouth men's soccer is honored to be involved in an event that will use the power of sport to assist in these efforts."
Both the Haiti and Cape Verde national teams will be on a five-day benefit tour in New England. The Cape Verde team will play at Harvard on April 20 at 7 p.m. and Haiti will take on the Crimson on April 22 at 5 p.m. Both games will be played at Harvard Stadium.
Events at both Dartmouth and Harvard will raise money to support Partners in Health and its relief efforts in Haiti, which is still recovering from an earthquake that took place on January 12, 2010.
Last season, Dartmouth played the Haitian national team on Burnham Field in front of a capacity crowd of over 2,200. The Big Green and Haitian team battled for 90 minutes before the Haitian squad came away victorious, 2-1, on a late penalty kick. Dartmouth, along with Harvard, was able to combine to cover all of the Haitian teams expenses and travel costs last season when they made the trip to New England.
Admission to the game will be free, but donations will be accepted with all of the proceeds going to Partners in Health. Further information about the games will be available as it nears and will be available on DartmouthSports.com.