PAISLEY, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 13: Mallory Pugh of the United States congratulates team-mate Alex Morgan after scoring the first goal in the international friendly match between Scotland and the United States at the Simple Digital Arena on November 13, 2018 at Paisley, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol / Getty Images)

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The US Women's National Team has the chance to recover from its defeat in a friendly against France when it faces Spain in the Estadio Jose Rico Perez in Alicante on Tuesday.

Head coach Jill Ellis saw her team record a poor performance in Le Havre on Saturday with a 3-1 score indicating Blue's dominance. Before the FIFA World Cup in France later this year, that would have been a source of concern.

Spain may not be such a formidable opponent, even if it will be dangerous for us. After the first defeat of the United States in 29 games, they can also feel a certain vulnerability and have the chance to win a famous victory over the world champions.

Here are the details of this friendly meeting and a preview of what will happen while Ellis seeks to get an answer from his players.

Date: Tuesday January 22nd

Time: 19:30 (GMT), 14:30 (ET)

TV Info: Fox Sports (United States)

Direct: Fox Sports Go (WE.)


US coach Jill Ellis is seen before a friendly match between France and the United States at the Oceane stadium in Le Havre, January 19, 2019. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP) (The photo credit corresponds to CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP / Getty Images)


After a tough training camp away from home, the match against France was still going to be a tough way for the US to start 2019.

In the end, they were well below their best result, as the Blues dominated for long periods of time and could have carried more easily. Mallory Pugh's consolation goal in stoppage time made the score a bit more respectable for visitors:

"I think we can be disappointed with the result, but not be discouraged," said Ellis. Jonathan Tannenwald of The investigator. "I think we're right now about our process … we told our players we were in pre-season – and that was a big request – but let's not lose sight of it. 39 where we want to be – an excellent test for us tonight, but the final exam will take place in June. "

The former USWNT captain, Julie Foudy, also kept things in perspective after the humiliating defeat:

Caitlin Murray, of ESPN, pointed out that the United States had started 2015 with a bad result before making big things that year:

Nevertheless, it would be naïve to leave aside all the problems facing France, the team struggling for control in the midfield and cohesion in the back.

Without a number of key players – Tobin Heath, Megan Rapinoe, Rose Lavelle and Julie Ertz were all absent – there seemed to be a lack of personalities ready to shoulder their responsibilities. This meant that key stars like Alex Morgan and Christen Press were unable to score their authority on the match.

Football journalist John D. Halloran believes this defeat will eliminate some complacency in a World Cup year:

Now it will be up to them to play against Spain, what USWNT defender Meghan Klingenberg thinks:

La Roja is ranked 12th in the world by FIFA and is on a good run of upcoming results in this match. They drew in their last two games – including a ruthless 0-0 defeat to Germany – and previously they had won eight straight games.

They form a team that is progressing positively under the direction of its head coach, Jorge Vilda, and although they are neglected by this game, Jennifer Hermoso and Vicky Losada are players who will pose a threat in the last third.

However, expect the world champions to bounce back from losing to France and find a way to win.

Forecast: Spain 0-2 United States