The United States Women’s National Team will wrap up its January trip to Europe today with an away match against Spain at 2:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2, UDN). The Yanks will want to wash the bad taste of Saturday’s 3-1 loss at France out of their mouths in the first ever meeting between the U.S. and Spain at Estadio José Rico Perez in Alicante.
The Spanish side, No. 12 in the current FIFA world rankings, will be competing in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France this summer. It’s just the second time that Spain has qualified for the event. The Spanish won UEFA’s Group 7 in qualifying, sweeping all eight matches against its opponents (Austria, Finland, Serbia, and Israel), while out-scoring those opponents, 25-2. Striker Jenni Hermoso scored seven of her 25 career international goals in the qualifying group. She’ll be the player the USWNT back line will need to watch carefully.
Spain, which is coming off a 1-1 draw against Belgium five days ago, represents the 27th different European country that the USWNT will face.
Orlando Pride striker Alex Morgan did not score against France, but sits just two goals shy of 100 for her international career. Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris did not play at France but could feature today against Spain if Jill Ellis decides to rest Alyssa Naeher.
The USWNT was missing several key starters for the France game due to illness, including creative forwards Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath, and midfield rock Julie Ertz. All three could be available for today.
Defenders (8): 7-Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage; 31/0), 12-Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 13/1); 19-Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage; 76/24), 26-Emily Fox (University of North Carolina; 3/0), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 112/2); 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 150/0), 14-Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 27/0), 2-Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 27/0).
Midfielders (8): 6-Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 82/6), 22-Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars; 2/0), 8-Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 73/18); 9-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 63/7), 16-Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 20/6), 3-Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage; 42/8), 27-Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 11/0), 25-McCall Zerboni (North Carolina Courage; 7/0).
Forwards (7): 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 142/25); 10-Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 266/105), 20-Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage; 4/1), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 153/98), 23-Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 107/46), 11-Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 44/13), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 145/41).
Goalkeepers (3): Lola Gallardo (Atlético de Madrid), Sandra Paños (FC Barcelona), Sun Quiñones (Real Sociedad).
Defenders (8 ): Ivana Andrés (Levante UD), Marta Carro (Valencia Féminas FC), Celia Jiménez (Seattle Reign SC), Mapi León (FC Barcelona), Leila Ouahabi (FC Barcelona), Andrea Pereira (FC Barcelona), Irene Paredes (PSG), Marta Torrejón (FC Barcelona).
Midfielders (8): Aitana Bonmatí (FC Barcelona), Marta Corredera (Levante UD), Vicky Losada (FC Barcelona), Silvia Meseguer (Atlético de Madrid), Andrea Sánchez Falcón (Atlético de Madrid), Amanda Sampedro (Atlético de Madrid), Ángela Sosa (Atlético de Madrid), Virginia Torrecilla (Montpellier HSC).
Forwards (6): Mariona Caldentey (FC Barcelona), Lucía García (Athletic Club), Nahikari García (Real Sociedad), Jenni Hermoso (Atlético de Madrid), Alexia Putellas (FC Barcelona), Alba Redondo (Fundación Albacete).
How to Watch
Match Time: 2:30 p.m. (ET).
Venue: Estadio José Rico Perez — Alicante, Spain.
TV: ESPN2, UDN.
Streaming: Watch ESPN.
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