City of Denver Honors U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Players
Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock Honors Local U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Players Mallory Pugh and Lindsey Horan With Denver’s Version of “Key to City”
Soccer News: U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) soccer players, Mallory Pugh and Lindsey Horan, returned to their hometown this week.
They are back in their city for the April 4 USWNT friendly match against Australia, which marks the countdown to their upcoming FIFA World Cup appearance in France this June.
Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock honored the Denver natives on the steps of City hall with “Challenge Coins,” Denver’s version of the Key to the City. The players were also gifted with official Denver street signs.
Both of these players are trailblazers.
Horan was the first female American soccer player to sign a professional contract straight out of high school, and Pugh is the youngest woman in history to make the USWNT.
“I grew up in Colorado playing my whole life. So to come back before the World Cup and play for the U.S. team it’s really cool,” Pugh told CBS.
“It is my favorite place to be. I want to grow old here. It’s amazing,” said Horan. “I think any time we’re here with the national team we feel like we’re representing our city and our state.”
Pictured above from left to right: Lindsey Horan; Mayor Michael B. Hancock; Mallory Pugh; and Matthew Payne, executive director of the Denver Sports Commission.