Wondering about the next female soccer stars? Based on their games this year, I’ve determined your top three rising female soccer players of 2017. These three American girls have risen in the ranks this past year and have achieved much acclaim for their skill.
#1. Mallory Pugh
Birthday: April 29, 1998
Hometown: Highlands Ranch, CO, United States
National Team: U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (#2)
Club Team: Washington Spirit (#11)
Often described as the Christian Pulisic of the women’s team, Mallory Pugh has impressed numerous people around the world and has cemented her position as a starter for her club and national teams. Ever since her first-cap (international appearance), a first-goal game for the USWNT against the Republic of Ireland in January of 2016, Pugh has become the 6th youngest goal scorer in the U.S. history, and she currently has 29 caps and six goals with the national team. This past spring, she made national headlines for deciding to skip attending college at UCLA and playing soccer for a good college team. Instead, she signed with the Washington Spirit, a well-respected club in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). With the Spirits this past season, Pugh became the youngest goal-scorer in NWSL history, making 16 appearances, and scoring six goals. Pugh was nominated for the NWSL Rookie of the Year. Mallory Pugh’s agility, speed, energy, youth, and assertiveness are what makes her such a sensation to watch.
#2. Lindsey Horan
Birthday: May 26, 1994
Hometown: Golden, CO, United States
National Team: U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (#9)
Club Team: Portland Thorns F.C. (#7)
Mallory Pugh’s fellow Colorado native, Lindsey Horan is probably one of the best young midfielders the USWNT has ever had. She made her national team debut in 2013 but returned to play regularly in 2015, with her first international goal netted in December of 2015. Lindsey currently has 43 caps and four goals with the national team. In 2016, in 15 appearances, she scored four goals and made two assists, helping her club team, the Portland Thorns, claim the supporter’s shield in the NWSL. In 2017, she made 24 appearances and netted 5 goals, including the breakthrough goal that caused Portland to win the NWSL Championship game against the North Carolina Courage in Orlando. Following the trophy lift at the Championship, Lindsey was named the NWSL Championship MVP for her late-game header. On December 5, she was announced as one of the five nominees for U.S. Soccer’s Female Player of the Year.
#3. Rose Lavelle
Birthday: May 14, 1995
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH, United States
National Team: U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (#16)
Club Team: Boston Breakers (#11)
Ever since her USWNT debut in a 1-0 loss to England this past March at the Red Bull Arena in below-freezing temperatures that caused her hands to freeze, Rose Lavelle has been a prominent figure in the national team and the NWSL. She currently has seven caps, two goals, and one assist with the national team, and she has become known for her extraordinary dribbling skills that help her weave in and out of otherwise “closed” areas on the field. This past January in the NWSL College Draft, the Boston Breakers of the NWSL chose her as their first-round draft pick. Since then, she has appeared ten times for the Breakers and has scored two goals despite battling a hamstring injury. Also, she was named the NWSL Player of the Month for April 2017 and named, along with the rest of her team, the May 2017 NWSL Team of the Month.
*NOTE: Because this article was written a few weeks ago, the statistics may be slightly outdated.
About the Author
Name: Theresa Lam
How many years have you been apart of TPS?
This is my first year with TPS. I love it so far!
What classes are you taking with TPS this year?
I’m only taking one class–AP World History Section #2 with Mr. Mailand. I really enjoy class (my teacher and my classmates are awesome) and learning about world history, although the course itself is not easy.
What are a few of your hobbies?
I really love playing soccer to the point that I want to play professionally, so I wouldn’t necessarily say that it is a hobby, but I guess it counts. You can probably guess that I also love watching soccer games that are on TV and online. I am an avid reader as well, and I love photography. I enjoy eating grapes and cheesecakes too–I suppose that those count as hobbies.