USA forward Alex Morgan. Photo courtesy of Pitch Perfect.
The U.S. women’s national team dominated two friendlies this month in preview to FIFA 2019.
USA vs Portugal
Jessica McDonald’s first ever international goal was scored during the U.S. vs Portugal match. She scored during the 42nd minute of play to give the U.S. a 1-0 victory and their 500th win.
As her Courage teammate Crystal Dunn passed her the ball in Portugal’s box, McDonald’s first shot was blocked but she continued to persist for the rebound.
The play was sloppy as a whole, but in the end the U.S. did what it needed to do to get its country its 17th win of the year.
The starting lineup was different than usual, with not only McDonald starting, but also Mallory Pugh and Andi Sullivan.
USA vs Scotland
The USA finished their November friendlies with a 1-0 win over Scotland, marking the end of an undefeated year (18-0-2). Both Scotland and the U.S. have qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Mallory Pugh sent a beautiful cross to Pride forward Alex Morgan, as she taps it into the net passed Scotland’s keeper. Like the previous match, there were many chances for both sides. The U.S had the chance to double the score in the 63rd minute but the shot from Lloyd hit the crossbar.
Coach Jill Ellis made changes to the starting lineup from the one she had for the game against Portugal. Megan Rapinoe and Jess McDonald were replaced with Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd.