Pugh ready for next big thing with U.S. team

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Anne M. Peter­son

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.

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