VIDEO: Morgan goal helps USWNT to win over China

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The striker was on target as the U.S. took a 1-0 win over the Asian side in the first of two friendlies between the nations

The U.S. women's national team was back in action on Thursday, with forward Alex Morgan's goal helping Jill Ellis's side to a 1-0 win over China in the first of back-to-back friendly clashes between the sides. 

It was the first match in nearly two months for the USWNT, who have won six of seven matches played in 2018. 

Ellis turned to an experienced group for the match aside from two players who both made their first starts for the side in the form of McCall Zerboni and Savannah McCaskill. 

Morgan was joined on the front line by McCaskill and Megan Rapinoe, with the 32-year-old setting up the game's only goal with a pinpoint free kick in her 136th appearance for the national side. 

After a balanced first half that saw both sides struggle to find a way through, it took Morgan just over 10 minutes to find the breakthrough in the second half, the 28-year-old firing home with her head to give the U.S. a lead it would never relinquish. 

It marked 15th game in a row without defeat for the USWNT, which has outscored opponents 47-12 over the course of that span.

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The U.S. and China will meet again in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday, with the match the last chance for Ellis to fine tune her team before a run of competitive action.

Following the pair of matches against China, the USWNT will take part in the 2018 Tournament of Nations starting in July with the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship, which also serves as qualifying for the 2019 World Cup, taking place in October. 

 

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