U.S. Women's National Team Will Face Spain On Oct. 11 In Pamplona To Complete Enticing Two-Game European Tour – U.S. Soccer

CHICAGO (September 12, 2022) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Spain on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at El Sadar Stadium in Pamplona (2:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. local on ESPN2) to finish a two-game European tour that starts against 2022 European champions England on Friday, Oct. 7 at the iconic Wembley Stadium in London (3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. local on FOX).
In the quarterfinals of the 2022 UEFA Women’s EURO, Spain was just minutes away from knocking out host England before an 86th-minute equalizer from Ella Toone sent the match to overtime where England would win 2-1. The Lionesses then went on win the tournament in historic fashion at Wembley on July 31, defeating Germany 2-1 in overtime.
Spain was a pre-tournament favorite at the Euros but lost two of its top attacking players to injury prior to the start of the competition. Spain is ranked eighth in the world and England is currently fourth.
The match with Spain will be just the fourth-ever meeting between the teams and the second in Spain. The teams met for the first time ever in January of 2019, a 1-0 victory for the USA in Alicante, Spain, which was followed later in the year by a 2-1 U.S. victory in the Round of 16 at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The teams most recently met at the 2020 SheBelieves Cup, a 1-0 U.S. victory which featured a dramatic 87th minute game-winning header from Julie Ertz.
“I know Spain fell short of their goals at the Euros, but they are a fantastic 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 these two games will present for our team,” said U.S. head coach Vlatko Andonovski. “Away matches against England and Spain are among the most difficult and high-profile friendlies a team can play and having those experiences will be valuable in many different ways for our continuing preparations for the World Cup.”
Spain is one of nine European teams that has qualified for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand as it won Group B over second-place Scotland with a record of 8-0-0 and 53 goals scored with zero against.
The USA qualified for both the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2024 Paris Olympics via its five-game run of wins at the Concacaf W Championship in Mexico that concluded with a 1-0 victory over Canada in the championship game on July 18.
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