Mallory Pugh has been considered the future of the U.S. women’s national team since before she could drive a car. After being called in to the USWNT at age 17, she made her Olympic debut at 18, turned professional at 19, and then won a World Cup at age 21. In this episode, Mal and Kelley discuss her meteoric rise to soccer stardom and what comes next in a career that is still just getting started. Mal reflects on her Olympic and World Cup experiences, her decision to turn pro after only three months at UCLA, and what she’s learned from betting on herself. Mal also discusses her recent omission from the USWNT Olympic qualifying roster and why she sees this temporary setback as a turning point in her career.

Mal’s Resume:
  • FIFA World Cup champion (2019)
  • CONCACAF Women’s Championship winner (2018)
  • 3x SheBelieves Cup winner (2016, 2018, 2020)
  • Youngest player to ever score a goal for the US in the Olympics (2016)
  • Gatorade National Female Soccer Player of the Year (2016)
  • U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year (2015)
  • CONCACAF U-20 Championship: Golden Boot and Golden Ball winner (2015)
  • Away from the NWSL Challenge Cup, Mallory Pugh hits the reset button (The Athletic)
  • The Journey: Mal Pugh (U.S. Soccer)
  • Get ready, world, here comes the marvelous Mal Pugh (ESPN)