U.S. WNT to Hold Public Training at University of Phoenix Stadium on Nov. 30
U.S. Soccer Fans Are Encouraged to Attend Training Session at 5 p.m. MT as the Team Prepares to Face The Republic of Ireland as Part of the U.S. WNT Fan Tribute Tour, Presented by Panasonic
CHICAGO (Nov. 12, 2012) – All U.S. Soccer fans are invited to attend the U.S. Women’s National Team public training session on Friday, Nov. 30, at 5 p.m. MT at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Admission is free and open to the public. U.S. Soccer Supporters Club members will receive premium seating at the public training session. If fans wish to take part in this exclusive priority, they can join the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club through ussoccer.com or at the stadium on the day of the training session.
The U.S. will face the Republic of Ireland on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. MT in the seventh match of the U.S. WNT Fan Tribute Tour, presented by Panasonic. The match will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer and fans can also follow the action through ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker or via Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.
Tickets are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout metropolitan Phoenix (including Fry’s Marketplace), as well as the University of Phoenix Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.).
The USA is holding the Fan Tribute Tour in celebration of the team’s 2012 London Olympics gold medal triumph against 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Japan. The win marked the third straight gold medal and fourth overall for the U.S. in Olympic competition. The team went undefeated at 6-0-0 for the first time at an Olympic tournament, which included a thrilling come-from-behind overtime win in the semifinal against Canada on Aug. 6 and Carli Lloyd’s two-goal performance to lead the USA to a 2-1 win against Japan in the gold medal match on Aug. 9.
The U.S. has recorded a 3-0-2 mark on the Fan Tribute Tour, opening with an 8-0 victory against Costa Rica on Sept. 1 at sold-out Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. The USA proceeded to win back-to-back matches against Australia – a 2-1 victory on Sept. 16 in Carson, Calif., followed by a 6-2 win on Sept. 19 at sold-out Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., in Pia Sundhage’s final game as U.S. WNT head coach. The team then tied in back-to-back matches against FIFA No.2-ranked Germany, 1-1 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., and 2-2 in East Hartford, Conn.
U.S. Soccer announced on Oct. 30 that former Australia Women’s National Team coach Tom Sermanni was named the new head coach of the U.S. WNT. Sermanni will officially begin his tenure as the WNT head coach on Jan. 1, 2013. U.S. Soccer Women’s Development Director Jill Ellis, who was on the bench for the USA’s two recent draws with Germany, will coach the team for the last five matches of the Fan Tribute Tour.