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Mallory Pugh plays 60 minutes in starting role as USWNT defeats New Zealand 3-1

Boyds, MD (September 16, 2017) – Washington Spirit forward Mallory Pugh earned a spot in Jill Ellis‘ starting lineup and played 60 minutes as the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated New Zealand 3-1 on Friday night in an international friendly at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

It was Pugh’s 10th international appearance of 2017 and seventh start of the year. Pugh played a key role in setting up the USA’s second goal of the game against New Zealand, sending a cross into the box to Megan Rapinoe, whose shot deflected off the left post to the feet of Julie Ertz, who buried a shot up the middle to complete a first half brace.

Pugh and the USA will conclude the two-game set of friendlies against New Zealand on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the University of Cincinnati. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. with a live national TV broadcast on FOX Sports 1. [PREVIEW]

The Spirit will return home to the Maryland SoccerPlex for its final two games of the 2017 NWSL season on September 23 against the Boston Breakers, and on September 30 against Seattle Reign FC. Tickets to both games are available for one price, starting as low as $40 with the Spirit’s September Ticket Package. [TICKETS]