Mallory Pugh – U.S. Soccer Cup
Mallory Pugh plays the forward position and will be making an appearance for the U.S. Women’s Soccer World Cup. Ever since she was a kid she had love for the game of soccer. Mallory idolized her sister Brianna growing up. When Mallory was younger, her sister and her sister’s best friend would play against her two versus one. Always battling her sister gave her big challenges to overcome. As Brianna’s team went to the state championships, Pugh fought her way to the team’s bench. Being only seven years old with the rest of the team being 12-year-old, Mallory was able to learn the game by watching every play and paying attention to every detail.
Pugh delayed her entrance to UCLA until 2017 because of her commitments to the Rio Olympics and the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Mallory played three spring games for the Bruins before announcing that she would be departing. Now, Mallory is playing for the Washington Spirit. She had a break out season in her very first season with the team.
Notable Career Highlights:
- 2017 finalist for NWSL Rookie of the Year
- Voted 2017 Washington Spirit Most Valuable Player
- Named to the 18-player team that would represent the US at the 2016 Olympic Games
- 2014-15 Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year
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