U.S. women de­feat Por­tu­gal for 500th win

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Jes­sica McDon­ald, mak­ing just her sec­ond ap­pear­ance for the na­tional team, scored in the 43rd minute and the U.S. women’s soc­cer team reached its 500th vic­tory with a 1-0 win over Por­tu­gal in Lis­bon.

The U.S. women’s na­tional team is now 500-65-74 over­all since its in­cep­tion in 1985.

With the vic­tory, the Amer­i­cans re­main un­de­feated this year at 17 wins and two ties. The team has an un­beaten streak of 27 games (24 wins, three ties) dat­ing to a 1-0 loss to Aus­tralia in the Tour­na­ment of Na­tions.

The streak comes as the U.S. team pre­pares for the World Cup next year in France. The de­fend­ing World Cup cham­pi­ons qual­i­fied for the tour­na­ment last month at the CON­CA­CAF women’s cham­pi­onship.

The United States is cur­rently the top-ranked team in the world, while Por­tu­gal is ranked No. 33 and did not qual­ify for France.

McDon­ald, 30, who plays for the North Carolina Courage of the Na­tional Women’s Soc­cer League, started for the U.S. Her re­bound goal was her first for the na­tional team.

McDon­ald had a pair of goals for the Courage in a 3-0 vic­tory over the Port­land Thorns for the NWSL cham­pi­onship this sea­son and she was named that game’s Most Valu­able Player.

Mid­fielder Danielle Co­laprico, who plays for the NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars, made her first ap­pear­ance for the na­tional team as a sub in the sec­ond half. Uni­ver­sity of North Carolina sopho­more de­fender Emily Fox started in her first ap­pear­ance with the team.

The U.S. team was with­out Chris­ten Press and Tobin Heath be­cause of per­sonal com­mit­ments.

The United States plays Scot­land on Tues­day to wrap up a two-match Eu­ro­pean trip be­fore tak­ing the rest of the year off.

AP photo

CarliLloyd of the United States at­tempts a shot at goal dur­ing a 1-0 vic­tory over Por­tu­gal in an in­ter­na­tional friendly on Thurs­day.

AP photo

Jes­sica McDon­ald (cen­ter) of the U.S. cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing a goal Thurs­day.

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