Pugh be­comes youngest to make qual­i­fy­ing ros­ter

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

Set­ting records is noth­ing new for Mal­lory Pugh. Now she’s mak­ing his­tory. The 17- year- old Pugh, of Moun­tain Vista High School, was named by U. S. women’s soc­cer coach Jill El­lis on Tues­day to the ros­ter for next month’s Olympic qual­i­fi­ca­tion tour­na­ment.

It made Pugh the youngest woman ever to be named to a U. S. qual­i­fy­ing Pugh ros­ter.

World Cup cham­pi­ons Carli Lloyd, Alex Mor­gan and Hope Solo are the head­lin­ers on the ros­ter, but Pugh rep­re­sents the fu­ture.

Pugh, who is headed to UCLA in the fall, scored a goal in her first ap­pear­ance with the se­nior na­tional team last Satur­day, a 5- 0 vic­tory over Ire­land in a friendly in San Diego.

The team will play in the qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment for the North Amer­i­can, Cen­tral Amer­i­can and Caribbean re­gion, sched­uled for Feb. 10- 21 in Hous­ton and Frisco, Texas. The U. S. team opens group play against Costa Rica on Feb. 10.

Syd­ney Ler­oux and Amy Ro­driguez, who played in the World Cup, are preg­nant and won’t be able to take part in the Olympics. Megan Rapi­noe was also ab­sent from the ros­ter be­cause she is re­cov­er­ing from ACL surgery on her right knee, which could keep her out of the Rio Games.

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