Mallory Pugh – The Future star of the USWNT
Mallory Diane “Mal” Pugh is an American soccer player who currently plays for the United States women’s national soccer team and Real Colorado of the Elite Clubs National League. Although it was rumored that Pugh would be forgoing college to play professionally in the National Women’s Soccer League, she intends to attend the University of California, Los Angeles and play for the UCLA soccer team starting in January 2017.
Pugh has represented the United States at one FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup tournament. She was the youngest member of the team at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada. She was also a member of the U-20 team that helped the United States qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. After playing extensively with the U–17 and U–20 teams, Pugh first appeared for the United States senior national team on January 23, 2016 in an international friendly against Ireland. At 17, she was the youngest player to debut for the national team since Heather O’Reilly’s debut in 2002. Pugh scored in the 83rd minute in her first appearance, becoming the 19th United States player to score in her debut. She has since made 17 total appearances for the team and has scored four goals.