Pugh becomes youngest to make qualifying roster
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.