November 12, 2012 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Portland Timbers
CHICAGO (Nov. 12, 2012) - All U.S. Soccer fans are invited to attend the U.S. Women's National Team public training session on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 5 p.m. PT at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore.
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 have the option of joining the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club through ussoccer.com or at the stadium on the day of the public training session.
In the sixth match of the Fan Tribute Tour, presented by Panasonic, the U.S. will face the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. PT at the home of Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers. The match will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer and fans can follow the action through ussoccer.com's MatchTracker or via Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.
Tickets are on sale at ussoccer.com or at all Portland area Ticketmaster outlets (including Fred Meyer and Walmart stores) and the JELD-WEN Field box office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 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.