U.S. Soccer

2016 Olympic Games

Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Five Things to Know About Mallory Pugh

Mallory Pugh, one of youngest and most exciting players in the U.S. Women’s National Team player pool, has quickly become a fan favorite and one of the top attacking players for the United States.  

Born on April 29, 1998 in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Pugh is the youngest of two children. Her dad Horace ran track in high school and college, where he was an All-American at Western State in Colorado, while mom Karen ran cross country in high school and now runs, bikes, swims and does yoga. Her older sister Brianna, who also played soccer, was an All-Pac-12 honorable mention selection at the University of Oregon.  For Pugh, sports have always been part of her life, but her love for soccer has transcended the rest. 

Here are five things to know about the Colorado native:

Wait, Who's That?
In December of 2015 at the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Qualifying Tournament, Pugh scored seven goals in five games, which included a brace in three of them, and recorded four assists to help the USA win the tournament title and qualify for the U-20 Women’s World Cup. Her performance not only earned her the Golden Boot as the top scorer of the tournament and the Golden Ball as the best player, but it also earned her a call-up to the full WNT, a dream come true for the then 17-year-old. In fact, Pugh got the call from Ellis when she was still at the airport making her way back to Colorado following the tournament win in Honduras.


Pugh captained the USA to the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Women's Qualifying Tournament title in Honduras.

Pugh joined the senior squad in Carson, California that January, and grinded out three weeks of intense training before traveling to San Diego for the USA’s inaugural match of 2016 against the Republic of Ireland on Jan. 23. Coming in for Alex Morgan in the 58th minute, Pugh made her U.S. WNT debut at 17 years, 8 months and 25 days, and thus became the youngest player to debut in the last 11 years of the WNT program. She also became the 19th player to score in her first cap when she added the fifth and final goal of the game in the 83rd minute, a header off an assist from Christen Press.

Breaking Through in 2016
Following that match, things continued to evolve for Pugh as her versatility and confidence began to grow. Pugh earned her second cap with the WNT on Feb. 10, coming in for Crystal Dunn in the second half of the USA’s Olympic Qualifying opening match against Costa Rica. With her appearance, she became the youngest player in WNT history to play in an Olympic Qualifying match at 17 years, 9 months and 12 days old. On Feb. 15, she earned her first start for the USA, playing 66 minutes against Puerto Rico and contributing with an assist, the first one of her international career.

Pugh played in 17 games with the senior team in 2016, and started 12 of them. She scored four goals and had seven assists, third most on the team behind Carli Lloyd (11), Crystal Dunn (8) and Tobin Heath (8).

Pugh missed the final six games of 2016 with the senior squad because it conflicted with a few U-20 training camps and the U-20 WWC in Papua New Guinea. 

Making Olympic History
When Pugh was named to the 18-player U.S. Women’s Soccer Olympic Roster on July 12, 2016, less than six months after making her WNT debut, she became the second youngest women’s soccer Olympian in U.S. history, and the only amateur player on the roster. Pugh featured in three of the four games the USA played in Brazil, starting two. Against Colombia on Aug. 9 in Manaus, Pugh, who came in as sub in the 33rd minute, became the youngest player in U.S. history to score at an Olympic Games when she tallied in the 60th minute of the match.

Crystal Dunn set up the goal with a blistering run down the left flank of Colombia’s defense before sending a low cross through the goal mouth that arrived at the feet of Pugh on the back right post. Pugh attempted a first-time shot but it hit teammate Christen Press and came right back to her. Pugh then dribbled laterally past three defenders to the center of the box and snapped a left-footed shot through a crowd of Colombia players into the back of the net. 


Pugh scored her first Olympic goal against Colombia on Aug. 9, becoming the youngest player in U.S. history to tally at an Olympic Games.

U-20 WNT Veteran
Although she is one of the less experienced players in the full National Team environment, Pugh is the leader and a veteran with the U-20s. She was a starter at the age of 16 in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and captained the group to a fourth-place finish at the U-20 WWC in Papua New Guinea.


Mal Pugh scored the first of three goals in the USA's 3-1 win against New Zealand (Photo Credit: Getty Images/FIFA)

Pugh scored twice at the U-20 WWC. She scored the game-tying goal against Ghana in the group stage finale, and this gorgeous one against New Zealand in the USA 3-1 win.

Despite only being 18-years-old, the 2016 U-20 Women’s World Cup was the second one at the level for Pugh. As a 16-year-old, Pugh was the youngest player on the U.S. roster that fell short in a penalty shootout against Korea DPR in the quarterfinals of the 2014 U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada. She started all four games for the USA. Even more incredible is that Pugh is eligible for the 2018 U-20 World Cup, which would make her the first player in U.S. history to compete at three U-20 World Cups if she were to make that roster two years from now.

Mal… Pal.
Besides her soccer acumen, Pugh is a fun personality off the field. She likes to joke around, wants to learn how to surf and loves to sing. In fact, Pugh seems to be a very talented singer and has mastered various genres, as seen below.

Pugh's soccer career is still just getting started and she is certainly excited to have much more soccer to look forward to in her future. "2016 was an incredible year. There have been lots of us and downs but it’s been worth it. I’m excited for whatever comes next.”

If that means a few plays like the one below, then we certainly can't wait.


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Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
1-1 D 3-4 PKs Mané Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia 13,892 Morgan
2-2 D Amazônia Arena; Manaus Dunn, Pugh
1-0 W Mineirão; Belo Horizonte 11,782 Lloyd
2-0 W Mineirão; Belo Horizonte 9,556 Lloyd, Morgan

2016 U.S. Women's Olympic Soccer Team

PLAYER POS. HT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE CAPS/G
M 5-7 St. Simons Island, Ga. Houston Dash 66/6
F 5-1 Rockville Centre, N.Y. Chelsea Ladies FC (ENG) 48/18
D 5-8 Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. Boston Breakers 40/4
M 5-6 Basking Ridge, N.J. Portland Thorns FC 131/18
M 5-9 Golden, Colo. Portland Thorns FC 33/3
D 5-7 Mesa, Ariz. Chicago Red Stars 47/8
D 5-2 Gibsonia, Pa. Portland Thorns FC 70/3
D 5-6 Dumfries, Va. Orlando Pride 97/1
M 5-8 Delran, N.J. Manchester City Women (ENG) 235/96
M 5-7 Northport, N.Y. Portland Thorns FC 23/3
F 5-7 Diamond Bar, Calif. Olympic Lyonnais (FRA) 123/73
GK 5-9 Bridgeport, Conn. Chicago Red Stars 12/0
D 5-5 Fayetteville, Ga. Sky Blue FC 92/2
F 5-7 Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. Chicago Red Stars 83/41
F 5-5 Highlands Ranch, Colo. UCLA 20/4
M 5-7 Redding, Calif. Seattle Reign FC 117/31
D 5-7 St. Louis, Mo. FC Kansas City 122/0
GK 5-9 Richland, Wash. Seattle Reign FC 202/0

2016 U.S. Women's Olympic Soccer Team

Morgan Brian

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
St. Simons Island, Ga.

Club:
Houston Dash

Crystal Dunn

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-1

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Rockville Centre, N.Y.

Club:
Chelsea Ladies FC (ENG)

Whitney Engen

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.

Club:
Boston Breakers

Tobin Heath

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Basking Ridge, N.J.

Club:
Portland Thorns FC

Lindsey Horan

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Golden, Colo.

Club:
Portland Thorns FC

Julie Ertz

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Mesa, Ariz.

Club:
Chicago Red Stars

Meghan Klingenberg

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-2

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Gibsonia, Pa.

Club:
Portland Thorns FC

Ali Krieger

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Dumfries, Va.

Club:
Orlando Pride

Carli Lloyd

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Delran, N.J.

Club:
Manchester City Women (ENG)

Allie Long

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Northport, N.Y.

Club:
Portland Thorns FC

Alex Morgan

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Diamond Bar, Calif.

Club:
Olympic Lyonnais (FRA)

Alyssa Naeher

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Bridgeport, Conn.

Club:
Chicago Red Stars

Kelley O'Hara

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Fayetteville, Ga.

Club:
Sky Blue FC

Christen Press

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.

Club:
Chicago Red Stars

Mallory Pugh

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Club:
UCLA

Megan Rapinoe

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Redding, Calif.

Club:
Seattle Reign FC

Becky Sauerbrunn

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
St. Louis, Mo.

Club:
FC Kansas City

Hope Solo

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Richland, Wash.

Club:
Seattle Reign FC

Group E
Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Brazil
3
2 0
1
8 1 7 7
China 3 1 1 1
2 3 -1 4
Sweden
3 1 1 1 2 5 -3 4
South Africa 3
0 2 1 0 3 -3 1

Group F
Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Canada 3 3 0 0 7 2 5 9
Germany 3
1 1
1 9
5
4
4
Australia 3
1 1 1 8
5
3
4
Zimbabwe 3
0 3
0 3
15
-12 0

Group G
Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
United States 3 2 0 1 5
2 3 7
France 3 2 1
0 7 1
6 6
New Zealand
3 1 2 0 1 5 -4 3
Colombia 3 0 2 1 2 7 -5 1

Group E Schedule

No. Date Match Result Venue
1 Aug. 3 Sweden vs. South Africa 1-0
Olympic Stadium; Rio de Janeiro
3 Aug. 3 Brazil vs. China 3-0
Olympic Stadium; Rio de Janeiro
10 Aug. 6 South Africa vs. China PR 0-2
Olympic Stadium; Rio de Janeiro
12 Aug. 6 Brazil vs. Sweden 5-1
Olympic Stadium; Rio de Janeiro
15 Aug. 9 South Africa vs. Brazil 0-0
Amazônia Arena; Manaus
16 Aug. 9 China PR vs. Sweden 0-0
Mané Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia

Group F Schedule

No. Date Match Result Venue
2 Aug. 3 Canada vs. Australia 2-0
Corinthians Arena; São Paulo
4 Aug. 3 Zimbabwe vs. Germany 1-6
Corinthians Arena; São Paulo
7 Aug. 6 Canada vs. Zimbabwe 3-1
Corinthians Arena; São Paulo
9 Aug. 6 Germany vs. Australia 2-2
Corinthians Arena; São Paulo
17 Aug. 9 Australia vs. Zimbabwe 6-1
Fonte Nova Arena; Salvador
18 Aug. 9 Germany vs. Canada 1-2
Mané Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia

Group G Schedule

No. Date Match Result Venue
5 Aug. 3 United States vs. New Zealand 2-0
Belo Horizonte; Mineirão
6 Aug. 3 France vs. Colombia 4-0
Belo Horizonte; Mineirão
8 Aug. 6
United States vs. France 1-0
Belo Horizonte; Mineirão
11 Aug. 6 Colombia vs. New Zealand 0-1
Belo Horizonte; Mineirão
13 Aug. 9 Colombia vs. United States 2-2
Amazônia Arena; Manaus
14 Aug. 9 New Zealand vs. France 0-3
Fonte Nova Arena; Salvador

Quarterfinals

No. Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
19 Aug. 12 United States vs. Sweden
1-1 (3-4 PKs)
Mané Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia
20 Aug. 12 China vs. Germany
0-1
Fonte Nova Arena; Salvador
21 Aug. 12 Canada vs. France
6 p.m. | CNBC
Corinthians Arena; São Paulo
22 Aug. 12 Brazil vs. Australia
9 p.m. | NBCSN
Belo Horizonte; Mineirão

Semifinals

No. Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
24 Aug. 16 Brazil vs. Sweden 0-0 (3-4 PKs)
Maracanã; Rio de Janeiro
23 Aug. 16 Canada vs. Germany 0-2
Belo Horizonte; Mineirão

Third Place

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
Aug. 19 Brazil vs. Canada 12 p.m. | MSNBC
Corinthians Arena; São Paulo
Corinthians Arena; São Paulo
Olympic Stadium; Rio de Janeiro
Olympic Stadium; Rio de Janeiro
Olympic Stadium; Rio de Janeiro
Mané Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia
Mané Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia
winner Group E vs. third place Group F/G
winner Group E vs. third place Group F/G
Belo Horizonte; Mineirão

Final

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
Aug. 19 Sweden vs. Germany
4:30 p.m. | NBCSN, Telemundo
Maracanã; Rio de Janeiro
Corinthians Arena; São Paulo
Olympic Stadium; Rio de Janeiro
Olympic Stadium; Rio de Janeiro
Olympic Stadium; Rio de Janeiro
Mané Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia
Mané Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia
winner Group E vs. third place Group F/G
winner Group E vs. third place Group F/G
Belo Horizonte; Mineirão
2016 Rio Olympics U.S. WNT Statistics
Record: 2-0-2

Player

Pos

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Pts

Y/R

Brian, Morgan
M 4
4 337 0 1
1 0/0
Dunn, Crystal
F 4 2 225 1 1 3 1/0
Engen, Whitney
D 2 2 180 0 0 0 0/0
Heath, Tobin
M 3 3 300
0 2 2 0/0
Horan, Lindsey
M 4 1 133 0 0 0 0/0
Johnston, Julie
D 2 2 210
0 0 0 0/0
Klingenberg, Meghan
D 3 3 299 0 0 0 0/0
Krieger, Ali
D 2 1 111 0 0 0 1/0
Lloyd, Carli M 4 4 336 2 1 5 1/0
Long, Allie
M 4 3 270 0 0 0 0/0
Morgan, Alex
F 4 3 335 2 0 4 0/0
Naeher, Alyssa
GK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
O'Hara, Kelley
D 4
4 341 0 0 0 0/0
Press, Christen F 4 1 123 0 0 0 0/0
Pugh, Mallory
F 3 2 198 1
0
2 0/0
Rapinoe, Megan
M 2
1 59 0 0 0 0/0
Sauerbrunn, Becky
D 4 4 390 0 0 0 0/0
Solo, Hope
GK 4 4 390 0 0 0 0/0









Own Goal





0



Totals


4
4 390 6 5 17 3/0

Opponent Totals


4 4 390 3 1 7 6/0

2016 Rio Olympics U.S. WNT Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Naeher, Alyssa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0-0-0
Solo, Hope
4 4 390 6 3 2 0.69 2-0-2

Totals

4
4 390 6 3 2 0.69 2-0-2

Opponent Totals

4 4 390 3 6 0 1.38 0-2-2

Updated through Aug. 12, 2016

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