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U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Earns Historic 500th Win In 1-0 Shutout Of Portugal

By Todd Kortemeier | Nov. 08, 2018, 2 p.m. (ET)

Megan Rapinoe controls the ball at the Concacaf Women's Championship on Oct. 17, 2018 in Frisco, Texas.


Only three U.S. women’s soccer players who were in Lisbon, Portugal, Thursday night were born when the U.S. national team got win No. 1 on Aug. 18, 1985 over Italy.

Of those, only Carli Lloyd — born July 16, 1982 — was older than an infant. But they’ll all remember Team USA’s 1–0 friendly win over Portugal, the 500th in the history of the U.S. women’s national team. 

The lone goal was a historic one, too, or at least it was for the goal scorer. Making her first start for the national team, 30-year-old Jessica McDonald scored her first international goal in the 42nd minute. Receiving a lovely cross into the box, McDonald fired her first touch on goal, but it was saved by keeper Patricia Morais. It caromed right back to McDonald, who buried the rebound.

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U.S. coach Jill Ellis brought on some more firepower in the form of Alex Morgan and Lloyd for the second half as the Americans tried to double their lead. Despite a few chances, and a majority of possession, a second goal evaded the U.S. On the other end, U.S. keeper Alyssa Naeher had a few nervy moments, but was able to finish off the clean sheet. Both teams fired 13 shots, with Portugal putting four on frame and the U.S. having five.

Team USA extended its unbeaten streak to 27. It has not lost since the 2017 Tournament of Nations, a record of 24-0-3. With just one match remaining in 2018, a friendly at Scotland on Nov. 13, the U.S. has a good chance at finishing the year without a blemish.

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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