MADRID, October 10 (European press) –
The Spanish women’s soccer team will have a tough test on Tuesday at El Sadar Stadium in Pamplona (8:30pm / Teledeporte) against the United States, the current world champions and number one in the FIFA rankings, against whom they hope to continue to win. Competitive experience as well as setting a new record for attendance.
The national team is facing its second high-profile friendly match in its new phase and with the hope of once again facing an unbeaten opponent in its history and also arriving with almost the best team and with a desire for revenge afterwards. He lost last Friday to England (2-1) at crowded Wembley.
76,893 spectators attended the match between the current European champion and the current world champion, a figure that illustrates the interest in women’s football in the UK and the boom that continues after the European Championship. Sadar won’t fill its capacity (23,516), but the goal of overtaking the 10,444 fans who came to Riazor to watch Spain-Azerbaijan in October 2019 and set a new record for attending a women’s team match is more feasible.
That would be good news in a moment of turmoil still seen around the national team and not being called up by many of its key players. In addition, Spain will need to cheer the public as an added advantage to protect the great power of world football and perhaps even a higher level than Sweden.
Jorge Velda’s team, who did not have the best receptions last Friday in Nuevo El Arcangel de Cordoba, added a positive (1-1) draw against the current Olympic runner-up, in a match that went from less to more, especially. In the good second part. Instead, the challenge is greater against the current world champion, who has not been defeated or even drawn.
Three close victories for the Americans
On three occasions Spanish and American faces have been seen, all in the past three years. The first time was in January 2019, at the Rico Perez stadium in Alicante, with a 0-1 defeat (press) months before they meet again in the last 16 of the World Cup in France, where the penalty shootout was scored by Megan Rapinoe and annulled. Jenny Hermoso’s goal. In March 2020, with the pandemic spreading across the world, Spain continued to fill the gap and only fell into the She Believes Cup with an 87th minute goal from Ertz.
Now, the main task of the “new” Spain will be to gain more competitive experience for the future and what it may hold. Without almost all of the great references in recent years, winning seems very complicated and even more so against a rival whose football has recently been shaken by the report that revealed systematic violations in its structure and that it comes with almost his entire arsenal, with the exception of superstar Alex Morgan.
However, in the US ranks there will be characters like the charismatic Rapinoe or captain Becky Sauerbrunn, two footballers who have shown their full support for the 15 international players who have sent the mail to the Spanish Football Federation asking not to be called up. For these two games.
Jorge Vilda will have to decide whether to take the match as a rehearsal and take turns betting to distribute the minutes and see the youngest after the most experienced players who have played against Sweden, among them midfielder Irene Guerrero, who had to do. Leaving focus due to injury. In favor, less pressure due to the theoretical potential difference.