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Mallory Pugh      

Player for the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team & Washington Spirit; FIFA Women's World Cup Champion

Mallory Pugh is an American soccer player who currently plays for the Washington Spirit of the National Women's Soccer League and the United States women's national soccer team.

Pugh has represented the United States at two FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup tournaments. 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 and captained the team at the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea. Pugh was called up for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup and scored her first World Cup goal in the game against Thailand on June 11, 2019. The U.S. team became the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup champions.

After playing extensively with the Uā€“17 and Uā€“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. Shortly after her debut, Pugh was one of the 18 players chosen to represent the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was there that Pugh scored her first Olympic goal against Colombia, giving the United States a 2ā€“1 lead. Her goal also made her the youngest player to ever score a goal for the United States in an Olympic game.

On April 17, 2017, Pugh made the announcement that she would forego her college career with UCLA and turn professional. On May 13, 2017, it was announced that Mallory Pugh had signed to play with Washington Spirit.

In 2015, she received the U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year and Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year awards.


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