During the FOX Soccer coverage of the first Fan Tribute friendly with Germany, a graphic was shown which listed upcoming matches in the United States Women’s National Team’s Fan Tribute Series. FOX Soccer confirmed that it would be televising the first friendly against the Republic of Ireland, on November 28th, which will be played in Portland Oregon, as well as December 12th match against China. Regarding the latter match, this appears to be the first public mention of a Fan Tribute Series match against China. No further information on the location and venue for this match is readily available. Nor are there any details about additional matches with China.
Image: A screenshot of the FOX Soccer graphic shown during
the 20-Oct-2012 match between the USA and Germany.
The matches listed in the above graphic:
Tuesday, October 23rd, 7:30 p.m. EDT – Germany – NBC Sports Network
Wednesday, November 28th, 10:00 p.m. ET – Rep. of Ireland – FOX Soccer (Live)
Saturday, December 1st, 9:30 p.m. ET – Rep. of Ireland – ?
Wednesday, December 12th, 7:30 p.m. ET – China – FOX Soccer (Live)
Presumably, the USA will play at least one and maybe two other additional friendlies against China, although the times and locations of those possible matches have yet to be announced. Also, as the December 12th friendly is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET midweek, this suggests that the match will be played in the Eastern or Central time zones. And, as the match will be contested in mid-December, a warmer weather location, such as Texas or Florida seems likely, unless the match is played in a roofed stadium.
Update – 24-Oct-2012: According to Houston Chronicle writer Jose de Jesus Ortiz (bio), the USWNT may be playing a match at the new Houston BBVA Compass Stadium sometime in December, most likely on the 16th.
Also up in the air is whether the December 1st friendly against the Republic of Ireland at the University of Phoenix Stadium will be televised. In 2011, the same stadium hosted a friendly against Sweden which was live-streamed by U.S. Soccer, so chances are good that there will at least be an Internet stream of the match available.