Five things to know: Spain

After an action-packed game against England on Friday at Wembley Stadium, the United States Women’s National Team traveled to Pamplona, ​​Spain, where they will face La Roja Tuesday, October 11 at the El Sardar stadium. The game kicks off at 8:30 p.m. local / 2:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast in the United States on ESPN2.

It will be the fourth meeting ever between the United States and Spain, ranked 8th in the latest FIFA World Rankings.

Here are five things to know about Spain.


Spain opened FIFA’s October window with a 1-1 draw against Sweden on Friday night in Cordoba. The visitors took the lead in the 14e minute on a goal from Rebecka Blomqvist but the deficit at the start did not slow down the Spanish attack. The Spaniards outscored the Swedes 26-16 on the evening, had 66% of the ball and completed almost twice as many passes.

Perseverance finally pays off in the 83rd minute as Spain equalized with a goal from Atletico Madrid striker Marta Cardona. A corner kick was played to the back post and striker Irene Guerrero sent the ball back into the center of the penalty area, setting up Cardona to blast it into the back of the net for her third international goal.
Spain used three substitutes in the evening, including striker Cardona, who came on in the 75the minute.


Spain’s roster for this October window is without several notable players due to a well-documented dispute in which 15 players asked not to be selected due to issues with head coach Jorge Vilda and their federation.

Despite notable absences, Spain have still put together a quality squad for the FIFA window, made up almost entirely of players who compete domestically in Spain’s top flight – ta Primera División of the Liga de Fútbol Femenino, currently known as Liga F. Ten players from this formation play for Real Madrid, who finished third in the league last season and opened the 2022-23 campaign with consecutive wins. Reigning Liga F champions and 2021-22 UEFA Women’s Champions League finalists FC Barcelona have two players on this list in defenders Laia Codina, who spent last season on loan with the AC Milan and is looking for his first selection in the senior national team, and Nuria Rabano. , who came on as a second-half substitute against Sweden to earn their first cap. Forward Andrea Faucon is the only player to compete outside the country as she plays for Club America in Mexico.

Defender Ivana Andres, who captained the team against Sweden, is the squad’s most experienced player with 39 caps. Real Madrid striker Esther Gonzalez is the team’s top scorer with 19 goals in 29 appearances. Cardona, Friday’s goalscorer, is the only other player on this list with 20+ caps and has made 23 all-time appearances for Spain.

Andres, Gonzalez and striker Alba Redondo are the only players from this roster to feature in the Spanish roster that faced USA in the 2020 SheBelieves Cup. Seven players in this spot were part of the squad that played at UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 where Spain finished second to Germany in Group B and lost to England 2-1 in extra time in the quarter-finals.

Spain, like the United States, were forced to make a roster change after their first match of this FIFA window. 21-year-old midfielder Rosa Márquez joins the squad for the game against the USWNT, replacing midfielder Irene Guerrero who is injured with a lower abductor after assisting the equalizer against Sweden on Friday night.


KEEPERS (3): sun whonotones (Athletic Bilboa), Enith Salon (Valencia CF), Misa Rodriguez (Real Madrid)

DEFENDERS (8): Oihane Hernandez (Athletic Bilboa), Lucia Rodriguez (Real Madrid), Rocio Galvez (Real Madrid), Ivana Andres (Real Madrid), MarchIamendez (Levante), Laia Codina (FC Barcelona), Olga Carmona (Real Madrid), Nuria Rabano (FC Barcelona)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Anna Torroda (Valencia CF), Maitane Lwherepez (Atletico Madrid), Matie Orzo (Real Madrid), Teresa Abelleira (Real Madrid), Rosa Marquez (Real Betis) Claudia Zornoza (Real Madrid)

FORWARDS (6): Athenea del Castillo (Real Madrid), Andrea Falcwheren (Club America, MEX), Alba Redondo (Levante), Ane Azkona (Athletic Bilbao), Marta Cardona (Atletico Madrid), Esther Gonzale (Real Madrid)


USA and Spain will face off for only the fourth time in a series dating back only to 2019, when the teams first met for a friendly match in Alacante, Spain in January 2019 , a 1-0 win for the Americans. The teams met six months later in the round of 16 of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, a 2-1 victory for the United States, and then more recently in the SheBelieves Cup 2020, where a set – goal to the play of Julie Ertz in the 87e minute proved to be the difference in the USWNT’s 1-0 win.

Six players from this American roster have previous experience against Spain – Megan Rapinoe, who scored twice against Spain at the 2019 World Cup – Alyssa Naeher, Lindsey Horan, Becky Sauerbrunn, Rose Lavelle and Crystal Dunn.

Spain will be the eighth different European opponent the United States has faced since the start of 2021, having faced Sweden twice in that period and England, the Netherlands, Portugal, France, the Czech Republic and Iceland once each. The United States are now 3-2-3 against UEFA opponents in that span, including a 1-1-1 record in matches played in Europe.


Spain were one of the first teams to qualify for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, clinching their ticket to Australia and New Zealand by finishing atop Group B in the FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifier. UEFA. Playing with a full roster of available players, Spain went through qualifying with an 8-0-0 record, outclassing the competition by an overall margin of 53-0. Spain officially clinched their place Down Under on 12 April with a 2-0 victory over Scotland, powered by a brace from striker Jenni Hermoso, who is injured and has not been called up for these matches. Amaiur Sarriegi led Spain with 11 qualifying goals followed by nine from Gonzalez.

Spain are now heading to their third Women’s World Cup, having made their World Cup debut at Canada 2015. Spain were knocked out of the group stage in 2015 but finished second in Group B in 2019 and advanced to the round of 16, where the United States came on top of a fiercely competitive 2-1 affair at Reims. A testament to Spain’s rapid rise through the ranks of international football, the 2023 World Cup will be just the third world championship for Spain, who have never qualified for the Olympics. In fact, EURO 2022 was only the fourth time that Spain took part in a European championship, although La Roja have now reached – and come out in – the quarter-finals in three straight trips.


Although still relatively new at senior level, Spain have been one of the most successful federations in recent times when it comes to youth national team success. After finishing second at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France, Spain won the 2022 U-20 Women’s World Cup played earlier this summer in Costa Rica, beating Japan 3-1 in final to avenge their 2018 title. -lost match and become the fifth different country to win a U-20 World Cup.

Spain have the distinction of holding both Youth Women’s World Cup titles at the moment, as they are also the defending Under-17 World Cup champions having lifted the trophy in 2018. that year, Spain beat Mexico 2-1 in the final to win the country. first Women’s World Cup at all levels. The previous cycle, Spain finished third in the 2016 U-17 World Cup in Jordan. Spain will be looking to defend their U-17 World Cup title when the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022 kicks off in India. Spain have been drawn into Group C along with China PR, Colombia and Mexico, and will start play on Wednesday, October 12. 11 (10:30 a.m. ET on FS2/Universo).

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