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U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team

2016 Olympic Qualifying Playoff - USA vs. COL

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
D 5-10 150 Plano, Texas FC Dallas
M 6-0 175 Northville, Mich. San Jose Earthquakes
M 5-8 145 Chula Vista, Calif. Club Tijuana (Mexico)
GK 6-4 200 Maple Grove, Minn. MK Dons (England)
M 5-9 155 Garden Grove, Calif. Querétaro (Mexico)
M 5-7 140 Tampa, Fla. Bayern Munich (Germany)
GK 6-3 185 Highland Ranch, Colo. Molde FK (Norway)
M 5-9 155 Dallas, Texas Fulham (England)
F 6-0 165 Berlin, Germany VfB Stuttgart (Germany)
D 6-4 185 Clifton, N.J. Chelsea FC
D 6-2 165 Woodbury, Minn. Colorado Rapids
GK 6-4 195 Woodbury, N.J. Seattle Sounders FC
F 5-11 185 Mercer Island, Wash. Seattle Sounders FC
D 6-2 190 Boulder, Colo. Cambridge United (England)
D 6-2 190 Hicksville, N.Y. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
D 5-11 160 Greenwood, S.C. FC Groningen (Holland)
D 6-0 170 Milwaukee, Wisc. Chicago Fire
F 6-1 180 North Hollywood, Calif. Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany)
M 5-7 145 Brighton, Colo. Colorado Rapids
F 6-2 175 Leander, Texas New York City FC
M 5-10 150 Gahanna, Ohio Columbus Crew SC
D 5-11 175 Valencia, Calif. Chicago Fire
D 6-3 185 Lawrenceville, Ga. FC Dallas

2016 Olympic Qualifying Playoff - USA vs. COL

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-10

Weight:
150

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Plano, Texas

Club:
FC Dallas

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
6-0

Weight:
175

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Northville, Mich.

Club:
San Jose Earthquakes

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Chula Vista, Calif.

Club:
Club Tijuana (Mexico)

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-4

Weight:
200

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Maple Grove, Minn.

Club:
MK Dons (England)

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Weight:
155

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Garden Grove, Calif.

Club:
Querétaro (Mexico)

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Weight:
140

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Tampa, Fla.

Club:
Bayern Munich (Germany)

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-3

Weight:
185

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Highland Ranch, Colo.

Club:
Molde FK (Norway)

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Weight:
155

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Dallas, Texas

Club:
Fulham (England)

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-0

Weight:
165

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Berlin, Germany

Club:
VfB Stuttgart (Germany)

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-4

Weight:
185

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Clifton, N.J.

Club:
Chelsea FC

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-2

Weight:
165

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Woodbury, Minn.

Club:
Colorado Rapids

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-4

Weight:
195

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Woodbury, N.J.

Club:
Seattle Sounders FC

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-11

Weight:
185

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Mercer Island, Wash.

Club:
Seattle Sounders FC

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-2

Weight:
190

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Boulder, Colo.

Club:
Cambridge United (England)

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-2

Weight:
190

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Hicksville, N.Y.

Club:
Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
160

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Greenwood, S.C.

Club:
FC Groningen (Holland)

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-0

Weight:
170

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Milwaukee, Wisc.

Club:
Chicago Fire

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-1

Weight:
180

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
North Hollywood, Calif.

Club:
Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany)

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Brighton, Colo.

Club:
Colorado Rapids

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-2

Weight:
175

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Leander, Texas

Club:
New York City FC

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-10

Weight:
150

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Gahanna, Ohio

Club:
Columbus Crew SC

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
175

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Valencia, Calif.

Club:
Chicago Fire

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-3

Weight:
185

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Lawrenceville, Ga.

Club:
FC Dallas

Mallory Pugh: Head of the Class

The combination of natural born talent, hard work, an excellent support system and the tremendous support given to the U.S. Youth National Team programs has allowed Mallory Pugh to have some unique soccer experiences before the age of 18.

She started in a U-20 Women’s World Cup at 16-years-old, debuted for the full U.S. National Team at 17, scored her first international goal at the senior level in front of more than 23,000 fans and became the youngest U.S. female player ever to play in an Olympic Qualifying match.

Those accomplishments have earned her the acclaim of being one of the top young players in the world.

“I remember coming into January Camp for the WNT following the [World Cup] Qualifying tournament for the U-20s the month before and being nervous,” Pugh said. “But then as the soccer came along and we started playing more and more, that's when things became a lot more comfortable and easy. Now things are great and I'm excited for what's ahead.”

The Highlands Ranch, Colorado native, debuted with the WNT on Jan. 23 in San Diego against the Republic of Ireland. In only 33 minutes of play, Pugh showed she belonged. She scored her first goal 25 minutes into her senior team career, making her the 19th player in team history to score in her first cap and the sixth-youngest player to record a goal in the history of the women's program. Three months later, Pugh has appeared in all 11 games for the USA this year.

But when Pugh isn't on the field, it’s no surprise that she lives life like a regular teenager who is ready (really ready!) to graduate from high school; she is currently fighting a serious case of senioritis. She enjoys going to the mall, hanging out with friends, and hiking, if of course the weather is nice.

Another recent occurrence in her life? Her prom date was late for photos, a big no-no in the unspoken rules of prom etiquette.

Prom pics aside, it’s likely that Pugh will be the subject of many photographs in the coming months as she has quickly become comfortable at the highest levels of the international game and is competing for a spot on the 2016 Olympic Team. She has started seven of the 11 matches she has played so far for head coach Jill Ellis’ squad, scoring twice and adding five assists, which is tied for the most on the team in 2016.

Despite her limited senior team experience, she is fast accumulating fans, who enjoy her dynamic style, her comfort on the ball, surgical distribution of passes and ability to break down teams on the dribble.

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