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USWNT wins its 500th match behind McDonald goal

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United States forward Jessica McDonald, center, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the friendly women’s soccer match between Portugal and the Unite States in Estoril, outside Lisbon, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)


Jessica McDonald’s first senior goal is a milestone for her and a mile-marker for the United States women’s national team, which won its 500th match with a 1-0 defeat of hosts Portugal in a friendly on Thursday.

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McDonald, the 30-year-old North Carolina Courage star, put home her own rebound in the 42nd minute. The match was just her second cap, and her first since Nov. 2016.

The Americans can finish 2018 unbeaten with a win on Tuesday in Scotland.

The USWNT began play in 1985, winning its first match in 1986.

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