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Bush: What we learned from USWNT’s uninspiring win over China

Alex Morgan wore the captain's armband Thursday as part of an expanded leadership circle (photo copyright Lewis Gettier)

The USWNT defeated China 1-0 in the first of a pair of friendlies. It was an admittedly flat, boring match, but as they so often do, the US found a way to get a result. While they spend the next few days talking about what they learned, here’s what we learned.

Captain Morgan

Head coach Jill Ellis got people talking before the match even kicked off when the lineup listed Alex Morgan as captain instead of Becky Sauerbrunn (Morgan gave the armband to Carli Lloyd when the latter subbed in). Tobin Heath and Megan Rapinoe are also likely to wear the armband in the future.

What does this mean? As any good leader will tell you, a title or piece of cloth doesn’t matter. We talk all the time about players in the NWSL who aren’t the official captain of their teams yet provide leadership on and off the pitch…

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