The US women’s national team will face Spain on October 11 in Pamplona to complete an attractive two-match European tour

Chicago (September 12, 2022) – The US women’s national team will face Spain on Tuesday, October 11th at El Sadar Stadium in Pamplona (2:30pm EST / 8:30pm local time on ESPN2) to end a two-legged European round that begins against the 2022 European champions England on Friday, October 7 at the famous Wembley Stadium in London (3pm ET / 8pm local time on FOX).

In the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 quarter-final, Spain were just minutes away from defeating hosts England before an 86th minute equalizer from Ella Tone sent the match into extra time as England would win 2-1. The Lions then won the tournament in historic fashion at Wembley on July 31, defeating Germany 2-1 in overtime.

Spain were favorites ahead of the tournament in the Eurozone but lost two of their best attacking players to injury before the start of the competition. Spain ranks eighth in the world and England currently ranks fourth.

The match with Spain will be the fourth ever between the two teams and the second in Spain. The two teams met for the first time ever in January of 2019, with the US winning 1-0 in Alicante, Spain, which was followed later in the year by the US winning 2-1 in the Round of 16 at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The two teams recently met in the 2020 SheBelieves Cup, with the USA winning 1-0 which saw a dramatic 87.The tenth Minute header win by Julie Erts.

“I know Spain did not achieve its goals in the European Championship, but it is a great team, one of the best in the world, with world-class players all over the field and as a coaching staff, we are really looking forward to the challenges and these two games will give our team,” said American coach Vlatko Andonovsky. “The away matches against England and Spain are among the most difficult friendlies a team can play, and these experiences will be valuable in many ways to our ongoing World Cup preparations.”

Spain is one of nine European teams to qualify for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals in Australia and New Zealand as they beat Group B of second-placed Scotland 8-0-0 and scored 53 goals without a net.

The USA qualified for the 2023 Women’s World Cup and the 2024 Paris Olympics through their five-game winning streak at the Concacaf W in Mexico which concluded with a 1-0 win over 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 Club Atlético Osasuna, who currently sit fourth in the standings. The stadium seats just under 24,000 spectators.
  • Pamplona is located in northern Spain, about 500 miles from the French border, about 270 miles northwest of Barcelona and 250 miles north of Madrid.
  • This will be USWNT’s first-ever game in Pamplona, ​​which is famous for its annual “Run of the Bulls” and is the birthplace of US Under-17 WYNT coach Natalia Astrain.
  • Only four players who have faced Spain at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup started in the USA in the 2022 CONCACAF Women’s Championship title match in Mexico – goalkeeper Alyssa Naher, defender Becky Soerbrunn, midfielder Rose Lavelle and striker Alex Morgan.
  • The two-game trip to Europe marks the sixth year in a row that the United States will travel to Europe for friendlies and the latest trip since April 2021 when the United States faced Sweden and France.
  • Spain will be the third top-10 contender so far slated to face the United States in 2022, having defeated then-ranked sixth-placed Canada in the CONCACAF W Final with an October 7 match against No. 4 seed England.
  • The USA-England match at Wembley Stadium sold out all general admission tickets within 24 hours and more than 80,000 spectators are expected to attend the match.

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