Jessica McDonald, making just her second appearance for the US, scored in the 43rd minute as her team recorded their 500th victory with a 1-0 win over Portugal in Lisbon on Thursday. The US are now 500-65-74 overall since their inception in 1985. With the victory, the Americans remain undefeated this year at 17 wins and two draws. The team’s last defeat came in a 1-0 loss to Australia in July 2017.
The streak comes as the US prepare 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 are currently the top-ranked team in the world, while Portugal are ranked No33 and did not qualify for France.
McDonald, who plays for the North Carolina Courage of the National Women’s Soccer League, started for the United States. Her goal from a rebound 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.