Pugh ready for next big thing with U.S. team
Mallory Pugh approaches her opportunities with the U.S. national team pragmatically: It’s a chance to get better.
“I think if you talk to anyone that goes into national team camp they’ll say it’s the most competitive environment that you can be in,” she said.
Pugh, who went to Mountain Vista High School, is among those on the U.S. roster for the upcoming Tournament of Nations, which starts Thursday in Seattle. The 19-year-old forward grabbed headlines earlier this year when she decided to eschew a college career at UCLA and go pro.
She plays for the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League.
“I think it’s definitely very demanding and it is quite an adjustment, but I’ve got great resources around me to help me gel into that,” she said.