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U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM HOST CHINA AT BBVA COMPASS STADIUM ON DECEMBER 12 AS PART OF FAN TRIBUTE TOUR, PRESENTED BY PANASONIC

USA Makes First Visit to Home of the Houston Dynamo; Tickets on Sale Friday, November 16

HOUSTON (November 5, 2012)—The 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s National Team will play China on Wednesday, December 12th at BBVA Compass Stadium, an AEG Facility, (www.bbvacompassstadium.com) in the ninth match of the 10-game Fan Tribute Tour, presented by Panasonic. The match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer.

The U.S. Women will make their first visit to the new downtown Houston venue, home of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo, which opened in May. This will be the first visit to Houston since the post-Olympic tour in 2004 when the Americans downed Ireland 5-0 at Reliant Stadium.

“It’s an honor to be one of the cities awarded a game of this caliber and we are extremely excited to be able to host the U.S.A. and China for this match,” said BBVA Compass Stadium general manager Doug Hall. “Houston sports fans have been incredibly supportive of all the international events we have hosted this year, from soccer to rugby, and that has not gone unnoticed by the national sports community.”

Hall continued, “We anticipate a sell-out crowd for the event and it’s a great way for us to close out our inaugural year of operation.”

The USA will play China three times in a span of eight days, also squaring off on December 8th at Ford Field in Detroit and on December 15th at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla.

Tickets for the game go on sale to the general public Friday, November 16th, at 10 a.m. through www.ussoccer.com or by calling 1-888-929-7849, or online at www.bbvacompassstadium.com and www.axs.com, or by calling 888-929-7849. Tickets will also be available at the stadium Ticket Office, which is open Monday-Friday, 9 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 these matches before the sale to the general public. This advance sale begins at ussoccer.com on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. CT and runs until Friday, Nov. 16, at 8 a.m. CT. 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.

About BBVA Compass Stadium
BBVA Compass Stadium, managed by AEG Facilities and part of the global network of the most elite venues worldwide, is a state-of-the-art, open-air stadium designed to host Houston Dynamo matches and Texas Southern University football games as well as additional professional, collegiate and community sporting events, concerts, exhibitions, conventions and special events. Opened on May 12, 2012, the 340,000-square foot, 22,000-seat stadium is the first soccer-specific stadium in Major League Soccer located in a city’s downtown district. With its downtown location, the new stadium is a part of a true ‘Stadium District,’ which includes Minute Maid Park and the Toyota Center, as well as the GeorgeR. BrownConvention Center, Discovery Green, Warehouse Live and House of Blues.

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Media Contact: Gina Rotolo
BBVA Compass Stadium
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OR
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U.S. Soccer
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