U.S. Soccer
Mallory Pugh
Women's National Team

Mallory Pugh

Forward Caps/Goals - 26/5
  • Date of Birth

  • Height

    5-5

  • Hometown

    Highlands Ranch, Colo.

  • Club

    Washington Spirit

Mallory Pugh is one of youngest and most exciting players in the U.S. Women’s National Team player pool. By the age of 18 she had already played in three world championship events – two FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cups and the 2016 Olympics. She has quickly become a fan favorite and one of the top attacking players for the United States.  


Pugh Facts

  • Full name: Mallory Diane Pugh.
  • Nickname is Mal.
  • Was named the 2015 U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year.
  • A TOPS Soccer Volunteer.
  • Has also volunteered at a local Children’s Hospital and at the Tennyson Center which assists at-risk children.
  • Doing her best to cut back on ice cream.
  • She is from Colorado, but likes to play beach volleyball and hang out at the beach if she happens to be near one. 
  • Favorite artist: Beyonce. Period.
  • She can often been found in her room creating dances to the newest hits. Her choreography has been described as “indisputably original.
  • Her sister Bri played soccer for the University of Oregon and played a bit with the U.S. Under-23 WNT.
  • Dad Horace ran track in high school and college, where he was an All-American at Western State in Colorado.
  • Mom Karen ran cross country in high school and now runs, bikes, swims and does yoga.

WNT - Mallory Pugh


U.S. Women's National Team

First Cap: Jan. 23, 2016 vs. Republic of Ireland
First Goal: Jan. 23, 2016 vs. Republic of Ireland

2017:

  • Has played in six games so far this year, starting four. 
  • Leads the team with three assists.
  • Recorded her first multi-assist (2) game on April 9 against Russia.

2016:

  • 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.
  • Became the 19th U.S. female player to score in their debut and the 6th youngest goal scorer in U.S. history.
  • Had a remarkable debut year for the WNT, playing in 17 games and starting 12, scoring four goals. Her seven assists were fourth best on the team.
  • In December of 2015, she captained the U.S. U-20 WNT to a 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup berth and the CONCACAF title at the qualifying tournament in Honduras and then was called up by Jill Ellis for the USA’s January Camp. 
  • A month later, made the roster for the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship and earned her second cap with the WNT on Feb. 10, coming on for Crystal Dunn in the 68th minute against Costa Rica. Became the youngest player in WNT history to play in an Olympic Qualifying match at 17 years, 9 months and 12 days old. She went on to play in all five games, started three, and picked up three assists, two on goals by Tobin Heath in the semifinal and championship game.
  • At her first Olympics Games, and as the youngest player on the roster, she played in three games while starting two, and scored against Colombia on Aug. 9, becoming the youngest American to play and score in the Olympic Games.
  • She turned 18 on April 29, 2016, and is fifth all-time for most U.S. caps before the age of 18 (11), third for most goals before the age of 18 (2), fourth in most starts before the age of 18 (7) and first for most assists before the age of 18 (5).

U.S. Youth National Teams

2016:

  • Captain of the U.S. team at the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea. 
  • Played almost every minute of the six games and scored two goals. 
  • Led the USA to first place in the group, a berth in the semifinal and an eventual fourth-place finish. 
  • Despite playing the majority of the year with the senior team, she finished 2016 with 10 caps and nine starts at the U-20 level, scoring six goals (most on the team) and one assist.

2015:

  • 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.

2014 and Before:

  • 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.
  • At the U-20 World Cup in Canada in 2014, 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.


2017:

  • On April, she announced that she was leaving UCLA early to turn professional.
  • On May 20, 2017, she made her debut with the Washington Spirit in the NWSL.
  • She scored her first professional goal with the Spirit on June 3, 2017.

Youth Club: 

  • Since U-14s she has played with Real Colorado.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
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