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Soccer to make debut at Corn Palace

A hallowed basketball venue will welcome soccer this weekend.

The Corn Palace will host the Brazil Arena Soccer National Team vs. USA Arena Soccer National Team in an international friendly match on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The event, which is being deemed the Corn Palace Cup, will be the first of its kind in the upper Midwest and the first ever soccer match at the Corn Palace.

"This is a rare event for even the United States to have an international arena football game held," said Chris Pollreisz, the President of the Mitchell Soccer Association. "This is only the third event to be held of its kind to be held in North America."

Dayton, Ohio, and Boise, Idaho, hosted previous events. Sunday's event will feature international soccer stars that previously competed at the international level with FIFA and played in the Champions League.

"It's exciting to be a part of this," Pollreisz said. "If people want to see a fast-paced, high scoring, high level of athlete soccer match, this is the one to come to. This is going to be an amazing event. It's a one of a kind and it's also a one of a kind for South Dakota and the Midwest to have an international soccer match here in Mitchell at the World's Only Corn Palace."

Pollreisz said Corn Palace Director Scott Schmidt approached the MSA about partnering for the event. Schmidt went to college with João Garcia, who is the current coach of the Brazilian Men's National Team.

The event also features a youth soccer camp and tournament. The youth soccer tournament is Saturday and it will host select teams from South Dakota, with championship matches from 9 a.m. to noon. The youth soccer camp is Saturday evening and will be hosted by the Brazilian men's national coaching staff. It will host 150 players from South Dakota, Iowa, North Dakota and Nebraska. Pollreisz said registration is full for the camp.

Pollreisz said no major adjustments will be made to the Corn Palace to accommodate the event. He said lines will be added to the floor, while goals will also be put in place and nets will be hung to protect the murals.

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