Hometown: Highlands Ranch, CO
Age: 19 (04/29/1998)
*Acquired by Washington Spirit via NWSL Distribution Process in May 2017.
During her breakout 2017 season in the National Women’s Soccer League, Mallory Pugh led the Washington Spirit with six goals and was named as a finalist for NWSL Rookie of the Year. Pugh was voted as the 2017 Washington Spirit Most Valuable Player.
2017: During her breakout 2017 season in the National Women’s Soccer League, Pugh led the Spirit with six goals, also adding one assist, and was named as a finalist for NWSL Rookie of the Year… Appeared in her first pro game on May 20, 2017 at home against FC Kansas City, entering as a substitute in the 57th minute… Made her first career start the following week on May 27, 2017 on the road against FC Kansas City… Scored her first goal with the Spirit in the 69th minute of a 2-0 win over the Houston Dash on June 3, 2017, becoming the youngest scorer in NWSL history (19 years, 1 month and 4 days).
U.S. Women’s National Team: The youngest player in the U.S. Women’s National Team pool to make her debut in the last 11 years, she was called into the senior team for the first time for January Training Camp and made the game roster for the Jan. 23 match vs. Ireland in San Diego … She then earned her first cap at 17 years and 269 days old, coming on for Alex Morgan in the 58th minute and then scored on a header off an assist from Christen Press, making her the 19th U.S. female player to score in their debut and the 6th youngest goal scorer in U.S. history … Was named the 2015 U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year …
2016 Rio Olympics: On July 12, 2016, Pugh was named to the 18–player team that would represent the United States at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She made her Olympic debut on August 3 in the team’s opening group match against New Zealand. On August 9, Pugh came in for Megan Rapinoe in the 33rd minute of the team’s final group match against Colombia. She scored in the 59th minute, becoming the youngest United States player to score a goal in the Olympics. She put the United States ahead 2–1 with her goal; however, the match ended in a 2–2 draw. In the quarterfinals, Pugh started in the match against Sweden on August 12. The game was tied 1–1 after regulation time and Pugh was replaced by Lindsey Horan in the 114th minute in extra time. The United States were then defeated by Sweden in penalty kicks.
Youth National Teams: The captain of the U.S. U-20 WNT that will compete at the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea in November … She was the Golden Ball winner (Best Player) and Golden Boot winner (Most Goals Scored) at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship in Honduras after leading the U.S. with seven goals and helping it win the regional title and qualify for the U-20 World Cup … A key player on the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team in 2013 and 2014 and was the leading scorer at the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship with five goals and three assists, but the USA fell in a penalty kick shoot-out in the semifinal and did not qualify for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup … At the qualifying tournament, she scored twice against Trinidad &Tobago and Jamaica and once against Canada … Finished her U-17 career with 15 international goals in 12 caps … Scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory against Japan in her final U-17 international match in February of 2014 as the USA defeated the team that would go on to win the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup … Following the end of the U-17 cycle in early 2014, she got a call-up to the U-20s in February and immediately established herself as an impact player and was the youngest player on the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team … In her first camp with the U-20s, she scored two goals and added an assist in two games vs. China PR … At the U-20 World Cup in Canada, she started all four games, playing 298 minutes, despite a bad ankle injury suffered against Brazil … Part of the U.S. U-15 GNT program in 2012, but missed part of the year due to a broken femur … Attended two U.S. Soccer U-14 I.D. camps in 2011 and one in 2012. First cap: Jan. 23, 2016 vs. Republic of Ireland. First goal: Jan. 23, 2016 vs. Republic of Ireland.
College / High School: The consensus top recruit in the nation for her class, she will be attending UCLA in the fall of 2016 … Attends Mountain Vista High School where she will graduate in June 2016 … Was named the 2014-15 Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year … She was the 2015 NSCAA Youth Girls National Player of the Year … She was the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame 2015 High School Female Athlete of the Year … The 2014 NSCAA Youth Girls National Player of the Year … As a junior she scored 24 goals and 12 assists in 18 games for Mountain Vista, helping the team to the semifinals of the 5A state championship… As sophomore, she missed more than half her high school games due to National Team commitments, but helped the Golden Eagles to the Colorado 5A semifinals … Named to the All-Colorado Team as a freshman and helped her team to the 5A title … Was the MVHS Offensive MVP … A 2013 NSCAA Youth All-American … Was a Sports Illustrated Kid of the Year Top-5 finalist.
Club: Since U-14s she has played with Real Colorado … She played U-11 through U-13 with Real Colorado National … She played U-7 through U-10 with the Red Devils and started playing soccer at the U-5 and U-6 level with the Dynamos … Helped Real Colorado to U-16 State and Regional titles and was runner-up at Nationals … Was named MVP of the Regional tournament … Helped her club earn a berth to the 2014 ECNL Finals … In 2013, her team was ECNL Finalists … In 2011, Real was the Colorado state champions and won its ECNL Division … In 2010, she helped Real to the Colorado state title.