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USWNT rides Jessica McDonald goal to 500th all-time win

The United States women’s national team beat Portugal 1-0 Thursday afternoon to secure the program’s 500th all-time win.

North Carolina Courage forward Jessica McDonald provided the decisive strike at the Estadio Antonio Coimbra da Mota in Estoril.

She crashed into the penalty area in the 42nd minute and hit Crystal Dunn’s cross from the right flank straight at Portuguese goalkeeper Patricia Morais.

Portugal defender Silvia Rebelo attempted to sweep away the rebound, but her clearance ricocheted off McDonald’s leg before nestling inside the back of the net.

It was McDonald’s first career international goal.

The USWNT fought through a disciplined and resolute Portuguese back line for most of the game.

Thursday’s contest featured 26 shots, with both sides taking 13 and the US holding a narrow 5-4 advantage in shots on target.

The USWNT’s next game is on Nov. 13 against Scotland in Glasgow. Scotland, like the US, will use match as a tune-up for next summer’s Women’s World Cup in France.

So far, the US is 17-0-2 in 2018.

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