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Teenager Mallory Pugh named to young U.S. roster for Olympic qualifier

Teenager Mallory Pugh named to young U.S. roster for Olympic qualifier

High school senior Mallory Pugh was named Tuesday to the 20-player U.S. roster for next month's women's Olympic soccer qualifying tournament in Texas.

Pugh, 17, made her first appearance — and scored her first goal — for the national team in its opening game of the year, a 5-0 win over Ireland on Saturday in San Diego. She is the youngest player ever named to an Olympic qualifying roster for the U.S., and she is one of eight players on the team with fewer than nine appearances for the national team.

"There's a lot of fresh faces out there and it's refreshing," co-captain Carli Lloyd said.

"I love taking some of the younger players...

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