Jessica McDonald tallied her first international goal for the USA. (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
LISBON, Portugal – A rare international friendly on the road turned into a milestone victory for the U.S. women’s national team Wednesday.
The Americans recorded its 500th victory since the inception of the team in 1985, besting Portugal, 1-0 at Estadio António Coimbra da Mota.
Forward Jessica McDonald could not have picked a better time to score her first USA goal, connecting near the end of the first half. as the visitors improved to 17-0-2 this year.
The USA had most of the possession, but Portugal was quite solid defensively, consistently putting seven or eight players in its defensive third.
The USWNT’s breakthrough came in the 42nd minute when McDonald scored her first international goal on a hard-working play in the box where she followed her shot to score the rebound given up by goalkeeper Patrícia Morais in her second career cap.
The Americans head north for a second European friendly where Women’s World Cup-bound Scotland awaits at The Simple Digital Arena in the Glasgow subury of Paisley Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast on FS1 and UDN.