HANOVER, N.H.- The Dartmouth men's soccer team opens its spring season on Friday (April 20) when they host the Haitian National Team in an international friendly. The game will benefit Partners in Health relief efforts in Haiti.
The Haiti game will kick off at 7 p.m. at Dartmouth's Burnham Field. The Big Green, who hosts the Haitian national team for the second consecutive season, will also stream Friday's game live on DartmouthSports.com.
The Big Green will also take on the Cape Verde Select Team on Sunday at 4 p.m., at Burnham Field. The Cape Verde select team is made up of Cape Verdeans in the Greater Boston area who play in the Boston Amateur League. The Select team will take on Harvard on Friday night.
"We are very excited to be hosting an international exhibition match 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."
The Haiti national team will be on a five-day benefit tour in New England. The Haitian squad will take on the Crimson on April 22 at 5 p.m. 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 both games will be free but donations will be accepted at the Haiti game. Donations from the Haiti game will go to Partners in Health.