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Global Dec 04, 2012

U.S. WNT to hold public training session on Dec. 11 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas

All U.S. Soccer fans are invited to attend the U.S. Women’s National Team public training session on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m. CT at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Admission is free and open to the public. U.S. Soccer Supporters Club members will receive premium seating at the public training session.

The U.S. will face the China PR on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. CT in the ninth match of the U.S. WNT Fan Tribute Tour, presented by Panasonic. The match will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer.

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 compiled a 5-0-2 mark on the Fan Tribute Tour so far, 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 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. Most recently, the WNT outscored the Republic of Ireland 7-0 in two matches on Nov. 28 in Portland, Ore., and Dec. 1 in Glendale, Ariz.

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 draws against Germany and the victories against the Irish, will coach the team for the remaining matches of the Fan Tribute Tour.

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