PAMPLONA, Spain (Oct. 11, 2022) – The United States Women’s National Team lost 2-0 to Spain in the team’s second international friendly of the European tour. Played in front of 11,209 fans at El Sadar Stadium, the match set a record for the most attended Spain women’s national team match played in Spain.
Both teams were playing without a host of top players, USA due to injuries and Spain due to the current turmoil within the national team, but the Spaniards put on a good show for the fans locals and USA couldn’t find a way through the five-back formation that Spain played in defence.
The first half was a tight game after an aggressive start from the USA. Despite a handful of quality passes to break the Spanish defensive lines, including a solid run down the back from defender Carson Pickett and another dashing run from midfielder Rose Lavelle, the Americans were missing their finishing touch in the attacking third. . Spain then scored the first goal of the 39e minute after a corner kick caused chaos in the USA penalty area. The ball eventually landed at the foot of defender and debutant Laia Codina, who finished from around seven yards out to give the hosts the lead.
The second half was a similar story with the United States posting seven shots while Spain took four. Neither team had a shot on target in the early stages of the half until Spain scored their first from the second stanza at 72n/a minute. A build-up play down the right flank ended with a cross from midfielder Oihane Hernández to find striker Esther Gonzalez inside the box and she finished with a classy first-touch lob towards the post back to 12 yards to double the lead.
USA finished the game with nine shots but only two on target and one of their best chances came in the 87e minute as 17-year-old striker Alyssa Thompson sent in a cross from the right wing that deflected a defender towards the goal. The ball dipped and bounced off the top of the crossbar and went out for a goal kick.
Coming off a 2-1 loss to England at Wembley Stadium on Friday night, the result marked the first time since March 2017 that the USWNT have lost consecutive matches, and only the third time in the past 20 years. The other two straight losses came during the 2014 Algarve Cup, when the United States lost to Sweden and Denmark and the 2017 SheBelieves Cup which saw the USWNT lose to England and then France.
The USWNT will close out the 2022 campaign on home soil, hosting Germany in the November FIFA window. The teams will face off on Nov. 10 at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (7 p.m. ET on FS1) and then again on Nov. 13 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ (5 p.m. ET on ESPN) in a head-to-head matchup. between the top two teams in the FIFA rankings. The United States are currently ranked No. 1 in the world while Germany, who beat France 2-1 in their first match of this October international window, are ranked No. 2.
GOAL SCORING RECAP:
ESP – Laia Codina (Rocío Gálvez), 39th minute – After a Spanish corner from the right, the ball ricocheted off a few players deep in the American penalty area and landed at Codina’s feet. She finished from around seven yards out to open the scoring on her debut. United States 0, ESP 1
ESP – Esther Gonzalez (Oihane Hernández), 72nd minute – Spain came up the field through the right wing with a series of quality passes. Hernández received the ball and sent a cross into the box for Gonzalez, who deftly touched a lobbed ball to the back post for the finish. United States 0, ESP 2
- After their fourth meeting, the United States are now 3-1-0 against Spain. It’s Spain’s first-ever win in the youth series between the teams.
- The United States is now 10-4-4 with a 35-16 (+19) goal margin when playing away from the United States since the start of 2021.
- Andonovski is 41-4-6 in 51 games and went undefeated (22-0-1) in his first 23 games in charge of the USWNT, setting a record for the best start for a head coach in USWNT history. The United States opened the Andonovski era on a 16-game winning streak.
- Megan Rapinoe earned him 196e career high as she made her third start of 2022 and made back-to-back starts for the first time since the fall of 2021.
- Defender Hailie Mace made her second career start and first since Oct. 7, 2018, when she earned her seventh overall cap.
- Forward Trinity Rodman made her second career start.
– US WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM MATCH REPORT –
Match: United States Women’s National Team vs. Spain
Date: October 11, 2022
Competition: international friendly
Venue: El Sadar Stadium; Pamplona, Spain
To start up: 2:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. local time)
Time: 60 degrees; cloudy
Rating Summary: 1 2 F
UNITED STATES 0 0 0
ESP 1 1 2
ESP – Laia Codina (Rocio Galvez) 39e minute
ESP – Esther González (Oihane Hernandez) 72
UNITED STATES: 18-Casey Murphy; 5-Hailie Mace (8-Sofia Huerta, 62), 3-Alana Cook, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (Capt.), 26-Caron Pickett (19-Crystal Dunn, 62); 17-Andi Sullivan (14-Sam Coffey, 62), 16-Rose Lavelle (13-Alyssa Thompson, 73), 10-Lindsey Horan; 6-Trinity Rodman (7-Ashley Hatch, 46), 11-Sophia Smith, 15-Megan Rapinoe (2-Ashley Sanchez, 64)
Substitutes not used: 1-Alyssa Naeher, 12-Naomi Girma, 20-Jaelin Howell, 21-Aubrey Kingsbury, 22-Kristie Mewis, 25-Savannah DeMelo
Coach: Vlatko Andonovski
ESP: 23-Misa Rodriguez; 4-Rocío Gálvez, 5-Ivana Andrés, 17-Laia Codina, 2-Oihane Hernández, 19-Olga Carmona; 15-Maïté Oroz (16-Ane Azkona, 90), 21-Claudia Zornoza, 6-Maitane López; 11-Alba Redondo (10-Athenaeum del Castillo, 57)9-Esther González (captain) (18-Marta Cardona, 82)
Unused substitutes: 1-Sun Quiñones, 13-Enith Salon, 3-Teresa Abelleira, 7-Rosa Márquez, 8-Andea Falcón, 12-Lucía Rodríguez, 14-María Méndez, 20-Nuria Rábano, 22-Anna Torrodá
Head Coach: Jorge Vilda Rodriguez
Stat Summary: USA / ESP
Shots: 10 / 8
Shots on goal: 2 / 3
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner kicks: 7 / 4
Faults: 15 / 10
Offside: 2 / 0
Summary of misconduct:
United States – Megan Rapinoe (Caution) 53rd minute
USA – Alyssa Thompson (Attention) 74
Referee: Deborah Bianchi (ITA)
AR 1: Veronica Vettorel (ITA)
AR 2: Giulia Tempestilli (ITA)
4th: Stefania Menicucci (ITA