POSTED BY JAMES JAHNKE
FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER

The Silverdome will host the senior men’s national soccer teams from Malaysia, Kenya, Puerto Rico and Ghana in the inaugural Green Soccer Bowl in May.

For Ghana, the May 20-21 tournament will serve as a tune-up for the following month’s World Cup.

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Here is the schedule:

Thursday, May 20

• Puerto Rico vs. Ghana: 6 p.m.

• Kenya vs. Malaysia: 8 p.m.

Friday, May 21

• Consolation game: 6 p.m.

• Championship: 8 p.m.

The tournament is the brainchild of Pius Oleh, a former Nigerian senior team member and president of the U.S. Presidents’ Day Celebration Soccer Invitational Tournament Foundation, the local sanctioning body of the event.

“We’re thrilled to draw international teams of this level in our first year,” Oleh said in a released statement. “Not only will this tournament put the international soccer spotlight on metro Detroit just prior to World Cup competition, but it will also be a means to our foundation’s long-term goal of supporting annual youth soccer activities both in the United States and Africa.”

Tickets are $25 apiece and will be available for purchase the first week in March through the Silverdome box office. Visit www.greensoccerbowl.com for more information.

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