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USWNT announces friendlies at Scotland and Portugal

20:53 GMT+3 23/10/2018
Jill Ellis' side will head to Europe in November as preparations for next summer's World Cup continue

The U.S. women's national team has announced friendly matches at Portugal and Scotland in November. 

Jill Ellis' side will take on Portugal on Nov. 8 in Lisbon and will then face Scotland on Nov. 13 in Glasgow as it continues preparations for the 2019 World Cup.

The U.S. qualified for the World Cup last week, seeing off Jamaica in the Concacaf Women's Championship semifinal before defeating Canada in the competition final. 

Now the team will travel to Europe for the first time in 2018, taking on Portugal in a suburb of Lisbon and then Scotland. 

"For planning purposes, it was important to have this last FIFA window of the year be in Europe," Ellis said in a federation release.

"We've played a competitive domestic schedule but adapting to being on the road is an important part of preparations for next year. Playing a World Cup-qualified team and a country that is on the rise will be two good matches to end our 2018 schedule."

Portugal fell short of the World Cup by finishing third in their UEFA qualifying group, while Scotland reached their first World Cup by topping UEFA Group 2.