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SILVERDOME GRASS IS READY

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The U.S. World Cup opener against Switzerland at the Pontiac Silverdome is exactly one week away, and organizers invited the media in Friday to get a sneak preview of the most-talked-about chunk of sod in sports history grass field.

Yes, indeed, the field is green and lush. No World Cup match has ever been played indoors."Sometimes I wonder what the big deal is with the sod, and then I come here and see this, and it really is astonishing," said Detroit native Alan Rothenberg, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation.