DETROIT (Nov. 5, 2012) – The 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team will play China on Dec. 8 at Ford Field in Detroit in the eighth match of the 10-game Fan Tribute Tour, presented by Panasonic. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET.
The visit to Ford Field will be the U.S. WNT’s third trip to Michigan and second to the home of the NFL’s Detroit Lions. The U.S. played China at Ford Field in December 2008 during its post-Olympic tour, picking up a 1-0 victory on a goal from Heather O’Reilly. The U.S. WNT’s only other match in Michigan came at the Pontiac Silverdome in 1993 in a run-through for 1994 FIFA World Cup matches.
The USA will also play China on Dec. 12 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, home of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo and on Dec. 15 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla.
Tickets for the game in Detroit go on sale to the general public Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000, at all Metro Detroit Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Walmart stores) and the Ford Field ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.
As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa® is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for this match before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts at ussoccer.com on Friday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. ET and runs until Saturday, Nov. 10, at 8 a.m. ET. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.
The USA has played China once so far in 2012, a 4-1 victory on May 27 in front of a sell-out crowd at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., as Alex Morgan scored twice , Abby Wambach scored once and China knocked in an own goal.
The USA has averaged more than 18,000 fans per game while going 3-0-2 so far on the Fan Tribute Tour, presented by Panasonic, defeating Costa Rica 8-0, beating Australia by 2-1 and 6-2 scores and drawing Germany twice, 1-1 and 2-2. The USA returns to action for a pair of matches against Ireland on Nov. 28 at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Oregon, and Dec. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
The China matches will be the first time new U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni will watch the team play in person since taking the job. He will not coach the matches but will attend in an observatory role as U.S. Soccer Director of Women’s Development Jill Ellis will lead the team in the final five matches of the tour.
The U.S. won its third straight gold medal (and fourth gold medal overall) at the 2012 London Olympics. The USA went undefeated at 6-0-0 for the first time at an Olympic tournament, which included a thrilling come-from-behind overtime victory in the semifinal against Canada on Aug. 6 and Carli Lloyd’s two-goal performance to lead the U.S. to a 2-1 win against 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Japan in the gold medal match on Aug. 9.ussoccer.com