Marley Canales and Mallory Pugh Named to U20 U.S. World Cup Roster
Two future Bruins will be heading to Papua New Guinea during November to represent the U.S. U20 Women’s National Team at the 2016 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Marley Canales and Mallory Pugh have both delayed enrollment at UCLA in order to showcase their talents at the U20 World Cup one last time.
College Soccer News: Future UCLA women’s soccer stars Marley Canales and Mallory Pugh have been named to the U20 U.S. Women’s National Team roster ahead of the 2016 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup that is set to kick off on November 13th in Papua New Guinea.
The Americans are joined by France, New Zealand and Ghana in Group C of the tournament. The U.S. opens group play on November 14th versus France, then will take on New Zealand on November 17th and will close out the first round of play versus Ghana on November 21st. All matches will be broadcast on the FOX family of networks.
Canales, a midfielder, was a key member of the U.S. team that won the 2015 CONCACAF U20 Championship to qualify for the World Cup. The San Diego native was also an all-tournament selection at the 2013 CONCACAF U17 Championship.
Pugh, a forward, started in the last U20 Women’s World Cup as a 16-year-old and also started for the U.S. at the Rio Olympics, where she became the youngest American player to score in the Olympic Games. Pugh currently has 17 caps and four goals for the U.S. Women’s National Team, along with 23 caps and 17 goals for the U20 side. In U20 World Cup qualifying, Pugh led the U.S. with seven goals and four assists as she won both the Golden Boot for top scorer and the Golden Ball as the best player.
Canales and Pugh delayed enrollment at UCLA to participate in the tournament and are expected to enroll in January for Winter Quarter.
U.S. U-20 Women’s World Cup Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Rose Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Brooke Heinsohn (New England FC; Norfolk, Mass.), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Madeline Elliston (Penn State; Omaha, Neb.), Emily Fox (FC Virginia; Ashburn, Va.), Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Ellie Jean (Penn State; Coventry, Conn.), Natalie Jacobs (Notre Dame; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Taylor Otto (North Carolina; Apex, N.C.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Tennessee; Forest, Va.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Kelcie Hedge (Washington; Post Falls, Idaho), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Courtney Petersen (Virginia; Canton, Mich.), Parker Roberts (Florida; Leawood, Kansas)
FORWARDS (4): Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues: Monrovia, Calif.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Jessie Scarpa (North Carolina; Lakeland, Fla.), Ally Watt (Texas A&M; Colorado Springs, Colo.)