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Jan. 21, 2016 — … with a rosy conclusion

In an interview with the Denver Post yesterday, Horace Pugh, the father of U.S. women’s soccer phenom Mallory Pugh, indicated that she would be attending UCLA this fall instead of turning professional with the Portland Thorns of the NWSL.

“It was very close to happening, but her gut feeling was that she wanted to go to college,” Horace Pugh said.

Pugh is currently with the U.S. national team in winter camp and it is possible that she may make her  senior national team debut as early as this weekend in San Diego against the Republic of Ireland.

She was selected as the No. 1 prospect for the Class of 2016 out of Highlands Ranch Mountain Vista (Colo.), and received an award for being the best high-school player from Gatorade.

About the only thing not yet settled about Pugh’s future is whether she will play her senior year at Mountain Vista. Colorado plays its girls’ soccer in the spring, and Pugh may have some more pressing duties if she is kept on Jill Ellis’ roster heading into the Olympics.


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