The United States Women’s National Team will face Spain on October 11 in Pamplona to complete a tantalizing two-game European tour

CHICAGO (September 12, 2022) – The United States Women’s National Team takes on Spain on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at El Sadar Stadium in Pamplona (2:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. local on ESPN2) to complete a two-game European tour that kicks off against the champions Europe 2022 England on Friday, October 7 at iconic Wembley Stadium in London (3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. local on FOX).

In the quarter-finals of UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, Spain were just minutes away from knocking out hosts England before an 86th-minute equalizer from Ella Toone sent the game into extra time where England would win 2-1. The Lionesses went on to win the tournament in historic fashion at Wembley on July 31, beating Germany 2-1 in extra time.

Spain were pre-tournament favorites at the Euros but lost two of their best attacking players to injury before the competition began. Spain are ranked eighth in the world and England are currently fourth.

The match against Spain will only be the fourth meeting between the teams and the second in Spain. The teams met for the very first time in January 2019, a 1-0 victory for the United States in Alicante, Spain, which was followed later in the year by a 2-1 victory for the United States. in the round of 16 of the FIFA Women’s 2019. World Cup in France. The teams last met in the 2020 SheBelieves Cup, an American 1-0 victory with a spectacular 87e Minute-winning header from Julie Ertz.

“I know Spain didn’t achieve their goals at the Euros, but they’re a fantastic team, one of the best in the world, with world-class players all over the pitch and as a team. coaches, we are really looking forward to the challenges these two games will represent for our team,” said USA head coach Vlatko Andonovski. “The away matches against England and Spain are among the matches toughest and most high-profile friendlies a team can play and those experiences will be valuable in many ways to our continued preparations for the World Cup.”

Spain are one of nine European teams to qualify for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand by winning Group B against second-placed Scotland with an 8- 0-0 and 53 goals scored without blocking.

USA qualified for both the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2024 Paris Olympics thanks to their five-game winning streak at the Concacaf W Championship in Mexico that ended with a 1- 0 against Canada in the championship match on July 18.

Additional notes:

  • El Sadar Stadium, named after a river near the stadium, is home to La Liga side Club Atlético Osasuna, who currently sit fourth in the standings. The stadium can accommodate just under 24,000 fans.
  • Pamplona is located in northern Spain, about 800 km from the French border, about 270 km northwest of Barcelona and 250 km north of Madrid.
  • This will be the USWNT’s first-ever game in Pamplona, ​​which is famous for the annual “Running of the Bulls” and is the hometown of WYNT’s USA Under-17 head coach Natalia Astrain.
  • Only four players who faced Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup have started for the United States in the 2022 Concacaf Women’s Championship title game in Mexico – goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, defender Becky Sauerbrunn, midfielder Rose Lavelle and striker Alex Morgan.
  • The two-game trip to Europe marks the sixth consecutive year the United States will travel to Europe for friendlies and the most recent trip since April 2021, when the United States faced Sweden and France .
  • Spain will be the third Top 10 opponent the United States has to face so far in 2022, having beaten then-sixth-placed Canada in the Concacaf W Championship final with the October 7 game against Spain. England No 4 to come.
  • The USA-England match at Wembley Stadium sold out all general admission tickets in 24 hours and a crowd of over 80,000 is expected for the match.

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