Mallory Pugh (right) is now a club teammate with Carli Lloyd. (Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports)
BALTIMORE – Sky Blue FC Thursday continued to upgrade its team has it acquired U.S. international midfielder-forward Mallory Pugh from the Washington Spirit in exchange for the fourth, 13th, and 17th overall selections in the National Women’s Soccer League college draft as well as a first round 2021 draft pick.
Pugh, 21, played three seasons with the Spirit, starting in nine games, scoring two goals and recorded two assists in 2019.
In 2018, Pugh scored two goals and registered one assist. She earned NWSL team of the month for March and April as well as NWSL player of the week honors in Week Two.
In her breakout rookie season, Pugh played in 16 games (13 starts), logging 1,203 minutes, six goals and one assist. Pugh became the youngest goal-scorer in NWSL history (19 years, one month, four days) in a 2-0 win over the Houston Dash on June 3, 2017. She was named as a finalist for the NWSL rookie of the year.
Pugh earned her first cap with the U.S. women’s mational team at 17 years and 269 days old, making her the youngest player to debut for the USA in the last 11 years. On January 23, 2016, Pugh scored her first goal in her first cap against the Republic of Ireland. Pugh has 56 appearance, 16 goals, and 16 assists with the USWNT.
The 5-5 Pugh is the youngest player to score for the United States in the Olympics, finding the back of the net on Aug. 9, 2016, at the age of 18 in a 2-2 tie with Columbia.