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Chelsea star Christian Pulisic captained the USA to a 1-0 Curacao, setting up the winning goal for Weston McKennie.
The 20 year old forward has labelled captaining his country as the biggest honour in the world.
“It’s the biggest honour in the world for me,” Pulisic said.
“To captain my country is incredible and I was really proud to be able to do that.
“I’m not the most vocal of guys but I like to think I lead by example. I try to work really hard and I think the guys around me see that, so it was great to help the team get the win.”
USA boss Gregg Berhalter was impressed with Pulisic’s performance against Curacao.
“He’s a guy that can lead through performance,” Berhalter said of Pulisic. “I talked to him about being captain in this game, and it was something that he readily accepted.
“You see his work. He’s a guy that — despite getting fatigued in the game — he didn’t stop working, and then he has the quality to give a great pass to Weston, an in-swinging cross.
“He was in on a number of other chances, shots from the top of the 18, had that other chance in the beginning of the game that was really close to going in, And his defensive work was excellent.
“Really happy with his performance, and that’s why he was captain, to be able to put in performances like that.”