- Mallory Diane Pugh, nickname is Mal.
- Has taken a liking to coloring books, says she finds it peaceful.
- A TOPS Soccer volunteer and had also volunteered at a local Children’s Hospital and at the Tennyson Center which assists at-risk children.
- She is from Colorado, but likes to play beach volleyball and hang out at the beach if she happens to be near one.
- Hates driving in the snow.
- 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, while mom Karen ran cross country in high school and now runs, bikes, swims and does yoga.
- She loves steak and has become a big fan of sushi, but will also devour ice cream and macaroons.
- Favorite artist: Beyonce. Period.
- List her soccer crush as Neymar.
First cap: Jan. 23, 2016 vs. Republic of Ireland. First goal: Jan. 23, 2016 vs. Republic of Ireland.
One of the USA’s brightest young stars, 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. Was named the 2015 U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year.
2017: Missed the last three games of the year due to a hamstring injury, but still played 756 minutes in 12 games with nine starts. Scored two goals with four assists. Turned 19 on April 29 and was tied with Mia Hamm for third in U.S. history for goals before age of 19 (four), was fourth in caps (20) and second in starts (14).
2016: Became the youngest player to make her U.S. Women’s National Team 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 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. Had a remarkable debut year for the WNT, playing in 17 games and starting 12. Played 1,078 minutes and scored her first four goals. Her seven assists were fourth best on the team. She achieved a rare feat of helping two different teams qualify for a world championship in the same cycle. 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 training camp, eventually making the roster for the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship where she played in all five games, starting three, and picked up three assists. She earned her second cap with the WNT on Feb. 10, coming on for Crystal Dunn in the 68th minute against Costa Rica in her first Olympic qualifying match and thus became the youngest female player in WNT history to play in an Olympic Qualifying match at 17 years, 9 months and 12 days old. 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).
Youth National Teams: The captain of the U.S. team at the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea, she 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. 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. Had 19 goals in 29 U-20 international caps. 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. Finished her U-17 career with 15 international goals in 12 caps. 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, she started all four games, playing 298 minutes, despite a bad ankle injury suffered against Brazil.
On May 13, 2017 the Washington Spirit acquired Pugh by using its number one spot in the NWSL Distribution Ranking Order. She missed the first five games of the season before she turned professional, but made her NWSL debut on May 20 against Kansas City, coming off the bench to play 36 minutes.
2017: Missed a few games due to injury, but still ended up playing 1,203 minutes over 16 matches, starting 13, and led the team in scoring with six goals, along with one assist. Scored her first professional goal on June 2 against the Houston Dash. Had her first career brace on July 8 against the Orlando Pride. She scored her first NWSL game-winner on Sept. 10 in a dramatic second-half comeback win against Sky Blue FC and finished the season with another two-goal performance at home on Sept. 30 vs. Seattle.
The consensus top recruit in the nation for her class, she attended UCLA in the Winter Quarter of 2016 before deciding to turn professional and never played in a college match.
Youth Club: Since U-14s she 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.