Sky Blue Acquires Pugh From Washington

Pugh, Sky Blue FC
Mallory Pugh.

Draft day 2020 for Sky Blue FC was highlighted by the team’s acquisition of Mallory Pugh from the Washington Spirit in exchange for several draft picks.

In exchange for the 21-year old, Sky Blue sent the 4th, 13th and 17th selections in the 2020 draft and a 1st round pick in 2021 college draft.

Pugh, 21, joins Sky Blue after three seasons in Washington. 

A regular with the United States Women’s National Team and member of the 2019 World Cup champions, Pugh has struggled in recent years to recapture the form she showed in her rookie season of 2017.

After deciding to turn pro in 2017 and skip college, Pugh played in 16 games during her rookie campaign scoring six times and adding an assist. She became the youngest goalscorer in NWSL history (19 years, 1 month, 4 days) when she found the back of the net in a 2-0 win over Houston Dash in June of 2017.

Over her next two seasons, she appeared in 24 games scoring four goals. 

In international play, Pugh earned her first cap at 17 years and 269 days old, making her the youngest player to debut for the USA in the last 11 years. In January of 2016, Pugh scored her first goal in her first cap against the Republic of Ireland. She has 56 appearance, 16 goals, and 16 assists with the U.S.