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Vlatko Andonovski addresses concern after USWNT’s first consecutive defeats since 2017

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The U.S. ladies’s nationwide staff fell 2-0 to Spain on Tuesday in Pamplona, as targets from Laia Codina and Esther González took down the reigning World Cup champions. 

The American aspect hoped to come back again stronger, after shedding to England 1-0 in Wembley simply days earlier than. However as an alternative, the second pleasant marked the primary back-to-back defeats for the USWNT since 2017 once they misplaced to England and France within the group stage of the SheBelieves Cup. 

Although their five-year-and-seven-month streak got here to an finish, head coach Vlatko Andonovski insists the staff will use the expertise to study. 

“Now we have a successful mentality, and after we don’t win, it hurts,” head coach Vlatko Andonovski mentioned. 

“It hurts all of us. It’s a powerful second for us as a staff. We knew these have been going to be two powerful opponents, two powerful video games. That’s why we got here right here, to study extra about us earlier than the World Cup and to get ready higher for the World Cup.”

Andonovski identified that the American aspect entered the October window with out key figures, trying to tone down the considerations attributable to current performances. Alex Morgan and Mallory Pugh have been most notably lacking from the roster, with Emily Fox and Taylor Kornieck additionally absent. 

“Now we have 15 gamers who aren’t obtainable for choice due to damage. From each line, we’re lacking crucial gamers.”

The staff may have different alternatives to organize earlier than heading off to the World Cup in eight months, internet hosting Germany twice in November.

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