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Horan stars, Pugh injured in USWNT friendlies

Colorado’s Lindsey Horan and Mallory Pugh were active for the US Women against South Korea and Canada.

Lindsey Horan battles Canada’s Shelina Zadorsky for the ball.
John Babiak, @Photog_JohnB

Soccer never sleeps. Even if the Colorado Rapids are on hiatus until March, Colorado-born soccer prodigies Lindsey Horan and Mallory Pugh played four matches in the past few weeks for the US Women’s National Team.

Horan played in all four matches, going the distance in three of them. In the second match against Korea for the red white and blue in Cary, North Carolina, Horan nabbed 2 assists as the Americans crushed their opponents 6-0. Horan has emerged over the past 12 months as an every-game starter for Jill Ellis’ USWNT. She shows fantastic balance as go-everywhere midfielder; she can both lay off the perfect pass and go hard into a tackle. Keep an eye on this rising star.

Pugh was carted off the field in New Orleans at the end of the first half against Korea with a right hamstring injury, but should be back at full strength in six weeks. Pugh is exceptional without a doubt. It will be interesting to take note of her progress as a player as she emerges beyond the ‘wow’ phase of her wunderkind status, and begins to solidify a place on the team for the long term. Whether that is out on the wing or up the middle for the USWNT also remains to be seen.

Burgundy Wave photographer John Babiak was there to document the action in New Orleans, Vancouver, and San Jose with the US Women over the past few weeks.

USWNT vs South Korea, New Orleans, October 19

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USWNT vs Canada, Vancouver, November 9

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USWNT vs Canada, San Jose, November 12