Harvard Men's Soccer Set to Host Cape Verde All-Stars, Haitian National Team
The Harvard men's soccer team will host two international friendly exhibitions this week, as the Crimson will face local Cape Verdean All-Stars in a match to benefit the Cape Verdean Football Federation and Coaches Across Continents, and the team will play the Haitian National Team in an event to raise money to support Partners in Health.
The Crimson will play the Cape Verdean All-Stars Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m., while the game against Haiti will be held Sunday, April 22 at 5 p.m. Both games will take place at historic Harvard Stadium.
For the second straight year, Haiti National Team is traveling to New England for a five-day tour, taking on Dartmouth April 20 before heading to Cambridge for Sunday's exhibition.
Tickets to both games for the general public will be $10. Admission for the games will be free to Harvard undergraduates, but donations will be accepted for this worthy cause with all proceeds going to the respective charities for each game.
Follow From Home
For fans that cannot attend the games, there are several outlets covering the contest in English, Portuguese and Creole.
WHRB will provide the audio call of both broadcasts in English. Friday's broadcast can be found here.
In addition, a Portuguese broadcast of Friday's game will also be available here.
WHRB will also have the call for Harvard's contest with Haiti on Sunday which can be found here.
Sunday's Creole broadcast game will be available here.
Live statistics will also be available for both games.
The Crimson, which is led by Carl Junot, The Virginia B. and James O. Welch '52 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Soccer, earned two All-Ivy League selections last fall. Co-captain and midfielder Scott Prozeller received All-Ivy first team honors, while defender Ross Friedman garnered all-conference honorable mention.
Friedman paced the Crimson with six points (0-6-6), while Prozeller, Obiajulu Charles Agha, Connor McCarthy, Brian Rogers and Tim Schmoll each scored two goals.
Goalie Brett Conrad saw action in five games, starting three and made 12 saves, while owning a 0.95 goals-against average, to go along with a .750 save percentage.
The Haitian National Team, which visits Dartmouth Friday at 7 p.m., is currently ranked 72nd out of 205 FIFA nations.
Haiti is coached by Edson Tavares, who has served in that capacity since 2010. The nation has a strong soccer heritage, having qualified for the World Cup in 1974 and winning the 2007 Caribbean Nations Cup.
Harvard and Haiti played to a 0-0 tie, with Haiti winning in penalty kicks, 4-1, at Harvard Stadium April 10, 2011.
Before, 11,513 fans, Harvard goalies Austin Harms '12 and Brett Conrad earned a shutout, with Conrad making two saves. After more than 90 minutes of regulation, Scott Prozeller scored a goal for the Crimson in penalty kicks, but Haiti emerged victorious, scoring on all four of its PK attempts.
Coaches Across Continents
Coaches Across Continents is an international development organization that educates local communities to design and implement social development programs using soccer as the teaching tool. A collection will also be taken during the game to benefit the Cape Verdean Football Federation and Coaches Across Continents.
The Coaches Across Continents organization was founded by Seamus Malin '62 and Nick Gates '91
Partners in Health
The 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 a catastrophic 7.0 M earthquake that struck on Jan. 12, 2010.