Mallory Pugh out of USWNT roster for October friendlies

USWNT forward Mallory Pugh will no longer be on the roster for the team’s October friendlies against England and Spain due to a family commitment. 

The team confirmed Pugh will not be replaced at this time. 

She was set to play an integral part of head coach Vlatko Andonovski’s attack, alongside Sophia Smith. But given her departure, youngster Alyssa Thompson will likely get minutes on the pitch. 

The USWNT are slated to play European Champions England at a sold-out Wembley Stadium on October 7, before traveling to Pamplona to take on Spain only four days later.

“These are big tests for our team in front of crowds cheering against us and after long travel, but our players absolutely love games like these,” said Andonovski.

“The group we are bringing to Europe includes players who have a lot of experience against top European teams and some that don’t, so these games are even more critical for our growth as our team. Our whole squad needs to get a clear picture of what these games are like as we continue to prepare for the World Cup.”

Here’s the full roster:





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