Washington Spirit welcomes Mallory Pugh

Jennifer Gordon May 17, 2017 81
Mallory Pugh participates in her first practice with the Washington Spirit. (Tony Quinn, ISI Photos)

Mallory Pugh participates in her first practice with the Washington Spirit. (photo by Tony Quinn, ISI Photos)

“For me, at this point of my life, I kind of wanted to step outside comfort zone and put myself into a new level,” Mallory Pugh explained as her reason for leaving UCLA and joining the Washington Spirit at a press conference Tuesday held by the team.

In many respects it’s hard to believe these words come less than a year and a half since 19-year-old Mallory Pugh made headlines with reports that she’d join NWSL’s Portland Thorns right out of high school. Ultimately, of course, that didn’t happen, and just over a week after those first reports, Pugh scored in her debut with the full U.S. national team.

Since then, Pugh has traveled far both figuratively and literally, with stops in Brazil, Papua New Guinea and Los Angeles, featuring regularly for the full national team when healthy. Just a few weeks ago, few would have considered Washington, D.C. a likely stop for the dynamic player despite the Spirit holding the number one spot in the DRO order as reports surfaced that she preferred to play in Portland and was possibly looking at going to France.

“I think it was just lack of proper information and Mallory went through this decision-making process and she was going to get all the information she could and make the best decision she could,” Spirit Head Coach Jim Gabarra said Tuesday addressing for reports of Washington, D.C. being an undesired landing spot for Pugh. “I think the talk that you heard and the reports that are out there were prior to us having a chance to present what our club had to offer and get a chance to make a connection with her and find out what she wanted.”

For a team that’s currently last in the league standings, the signing is welcome news not because any one player can be a cure all for woes the team currently faces, but rather it gives the club the chance to change the negative perception of the organization.

Pugh’s decision to forego college soccer and join NWSL was aptly described as both “historic” and “monumental” by Gabarra, who’s been a head coach every year a professional league has existed in the U.S. From the bottom line of ESPN to stories from almost every major sport journalism outlet, Pugh joining the Spirit was everywhere and rightfully so. Being a trailblazer often comes with a lot attention.

Even for a player with Pugh’s resume and talent, there’s no such thing as a seamless transition though. She’ll still need to learn the expectations, the tactics and her teammates and to adjust to the style of play. Of course, that reality will do little to change the microscope the young star will have on her as she settles to life as a professional.

“For me, it’s all about playing,” Pugh said about playing in the spotlight. “I think trying to win games and trying to make an impact. The most important thing is trying to develop and having fun with it and just setting, all that stuff aside, and coming in, building relationships and having fun playing soccer is my main thing right now.”

Gabarra, for his part, did his best to slow down the hype train Tuesday, stating that the team will need to keep her age in mind.

“It’s important that we not have too high expectations for Mallory,” he said. “This is a long process, whether it’s a 19-year old or a 30-year-old international who has not played in our league. It takes almost a year of games to feel comfortable and figure it out. It’s important that we let Mal enjoy the process and really be free just to learn and develop.”

Even with measured expectations, Washington fans, who have had little to cheer since the heartbreaking loss in the final, will likely raise a pint–a pint ice cream of course–to the idea of watching Mallory Pugh develop in a Spirit jersey.

  • guest

    enough already – has Mia Hamm joined the league

    • Arcie Tillydee

      But…but…four goals against tomato cans! Clearly the Second Coming of Hamm! /eyeroll

      • Guest

        Here we go. One negative troll comment after another. You guys must be such a joy to be around. How about giving this kid a few months to get her feet under her before we take her down or call her the next coming?

        • newsouth

          At last they aren’t hating on Press this morning. I can’t wait for the Stat Troll to go after Pugh. Goal scorers (The Goals for Glory Ball Hogs) for the NT tend to be 5’6” or better. She will go by the wayside just like Freddie Adu did with the men.

          • htm222

            Tell that to Crystal Dunn.

          • Steglitz49

            Or Naho Kawasumi and Aya Miyama let alone Mana Iwabuchi.

          • Guest

            Freddy Adu wasn’t even ready for the MLS when he was hyped. Mallory is already the youngest player to score in the Olympics games and has established herself as a regular for the USWNT. They are in completely different categories. Mallory may already be a top 50-100 player in the world. Freddy wasn’t top 50 in the MLS.

          • Steglitz49

            Those Olympics were the worst ever for the USWNT.

          • AlexH

            To add. Mal isn’t exactly that young in the soccer world. There are lots of teenaged phenoms in soccer. She is older than Christian Pulisic who is tearing it up in the Bundesliga. Mal will do fine.

          • #1Fan

            Tearing it up is a bit strong.

          • HOFCToDi

            Oh really?

            The last time a teenager scored in the Summer Olympics was 19 year old Heather O’Reilly against Germany in the semifinals of the 2004 Athens Olympics.

          • Duh!

            Mal scored in the Olympics last year.

          • #1Fan

            Adu was a lot better than you remember

            Youth teams[edit]
            Adu played for the United States in five international youth tournaments: the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Finland, the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates, the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands, the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada, and the 2008 Summer Olympics.
            Adu captained the United States U-20 men’s national team in January 2007 as it qualified for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. By playing in the 2007 tournament finals, held from June to July, Adu became only the second player in the world to play in three FIFA U-20 World Cups.[55] On July 3, 2007, Adu scored a hat-trick in U.S.’s 6–1 victory over Poland in the group stage of the tournament. This accomplishment made him the first player to ever score a hat trick in both the U-20 and U-17 World Cups.[56] In the following 2–1 victory over Brazil Adu assisted on both USA goals by Jozy Altidore.[57]
            Adu helped lead the U-23 men’s national team in its campaign to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. He scored two goals from free kicks in the USA’s 3–0 win over Canada in the semifinals of the tournament, which ultimately qualified them for the Olympics along with Honduras. He scored four goals in total in the three games in which he played, leading all players in scoring, and was selected to the tournament Best XI.[58]
            Adu was named to the 18-man squad that represented the United States in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[59] Adu played in the first two games of group play against Japan and Netherlands. He assisted on a Sacha Kljestan goal in the Netherlands match, but he, as well as teammate Michael Bradley, was then suspended for the final game of group play against Nigeria after each player earned his second yellow card of group play late in the Netherlands match.[60] The US team was eliminated from the Olympics after falling to Nigeria.[61]
            Senior team[edit]
            Adu was called into the national team’s training camp by coach Bruce Arena in January 2006 for a friendly match against Canada. Adu was capped in that game on January 22 (at 16 years and 234 days), becoming the youngest player to debut with the U.S. national team when he replaced an injured Eddie Johnson in the 81st minute at Torero Stadium in San Diego, California.
            Adu made his first start for the senior international team in a friendly against South Africa on November 17, 2007.
            Adu played in both legs of the 2nd round qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup against Barbados on June 8 and 22, 2008, starting in the latter. He provided the assist on Eddie Lewis’ goal, the lone goal in the 2nd leg of the United States 1–0 victory (9–0 aggregate) in Barbados.
            Adu scored his first international goal (at 19 years and 170 days) as a member of the full U.S. national squad from a free kick in a November 19, 2008, World Cup qualifier against Guatemala.
            Despite a two-year absence from the national team due to his increasingly unstable club situation, Adu was a shock inclusion in the USA roster for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, making the team despite playing for a second division club.[62] After having failed to make an appearance in the team’s friendly against Spain as well as the first four tournament matches, Adu was a surprise substitute in the semifinal against Panama, coming on in the second half of a scoreless draw for Juan Agudelo. It was Adu’s pass from mid-field that freed Landon Donovan on a counterattack, where he was able to cross the ball to Clint Dempsey for the winner.[63] Adu started the following game, the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final vs. Mexico. He had a hand in both of the USA goals as they lost 4–2.[64]

          • guest

            Where did he sit in the Men’s National Team? Youth teams resume is okay, but it’s a far cry from the Men’s team. He clearly wasn’t ready for the Pros.

          • #1Fan

            he was an All Star in his second season I believe. .

          • Steglitz49

            The fact that you need to write so much shows that your case is weak, if not nonexistent.

          • HOFCToDi

            2016 Rio Olympics
            Goals Scored
            Pugh – 1
            Press – 0

          • HOFCToDi

            2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying
            Knockout Stage
            Goals Scored
            Press – 0

            2016 SheBelieves Cup
            Goals Scored
            Press – 0

            2016 Rio Olympics
            Goals Scored
            Press – 0

          • HOFCToDi

            Oh really?

            Mia Hamm – 5 ft 5 in
            Kristine Lilly – 5 ft 4 in
            Tiffeny Milbrett – 5 ft 2 in

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_women’s_national_soccer_team#Top_scorers

          • HOFCToDi

            Oh really?

            Mia Hamm – 5 ft 5 in
            Kristine Lilly – 5 ft 4 in
            Tiffeny Milbrett – 5 ft 2 in

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_women’s_national_soccer_team#Top_scorers

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press will go by the wayside just like Freddie Adu did on the men’s side.

            Christen Press
            2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
            16 Jun 2015
            USA 1 NGA 0
            Minutes Played 0

            resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/65/00/60/eng_31_0616_nga-usa_fulltime.pdf

            Christen Press was BENCHED!

            Christen Press
            2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
            30 Jun 2015
            USA 2 GER 0
            Minutes Played 0

            resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/65/52/49/eng_49_0630_usa-ger_fulltime.pdf

            Christen Press was BENCHED!

            Christen Press
            2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
            05 Jul 2015
            USA 5 JPN 2
            Minutes Played 0

            resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/66/12/93/eng_52_0705_usa-jpn_fulltime.pdf

            Christen Press was BENCHED!

            Christen Press
            International Women’s Friendly
            21 Oct 2015
            USA 1 BRA 1
            Minutes Played 0

            foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=24140

            Christen Press was BENCHED!

            Christen Press
            International Women’s Friendly
            25 Oct 2015
            USA 3 BRA 1
            Minutes Played 0

            foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=24141

            Christen Press was BENCHED!

            Nevermind Christen Press started eleven of the first twelve matches for the USWNT in calendar year 2015.

            ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/lineups/2015-lineups

            http://media.moddb.com/images/groups/1/3/2933/ROFLMAO.png

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press will go by the wayside just like Freddie Adu did on the men’s side.

            Friday, 11 Mar 2016
            Morgan, Solo and the USA Sweep Awards at 2016 SBC

            ussoccer.com/stories/2016/03/11/13/17/160311-wnt-morgan-solo-and-the-usa-sweep-awards-at-2016-shebelieves-cup

            http://www.ussoccer.com/~/media/images/wnt/gallery-images/2016/03/160309-wnt-v-ger/160309-wnt-vs-ger-gallery20.jpg?h=559&w=800&la=en&hash=B1A7B6E0C01C796F4C31CF422F0CC370A4D5CF89&

            By the way, Christen Press is not on the list.

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press will go by the wayside just like Freddie Adu did on the men’s side.

            Christen Press
            2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
            16 Jun 2015
            USA 1 NGA 0
            Minutes Played 0

            resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/65/00/60/eng_31_0616_nga-usa_fulltime.pdf

            Christen Press was BENCHED!

            Christen Press
            2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
            30 Jun 2015
            USA 2 GER 0
            Minutes Played 0

            resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/65/52/49/eng_49_0630_usa-ger_fulltime.pdf

            Christen Press was BENCHED!

            Christen Press
            2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
            05 Jul 2015
            USA 5 JPN 2
            Minutes Played 0

            resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/66/12/93/eng_52_0705_usa-jpn_fulltime.pdf

            Christen Press was BENCHED!

            Christen Press
            International Women’s Friendly
            21 Oct 2015
            USA 1 BRA 1
            Minutes Played 0

            foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=24140

            Christen Press was BENCHED!

            Christen Press
            International Women’s Friendly
            25 Oct 2015
            USA 3 BRA 1
            Minutes Played 0

            foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=24141

            Christen Press was BENCHED!

            Nevermind Christen Press started eleven of the first twelve matches for the USWNT in calendar year 2015.

            ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/lineups/2015-lineups

            http://media.moddb.com/images/groups/1/3/2933/ROFLMAO.png

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press will go by the wayside just like Freddie Adu did on the men’s side.

            Christen Press
            International Women’s Friendly
            8 Feb 2015
            USA 0 FRA 2
            Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 2, Shots on Goal 0

            foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=16171

            Christen Press
            Algarve Cup
            6 Mar 2015
            USA 3 SUI 0
            Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 1, Shots on Goal 0

            foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=17273

            Christen Press
            International Women’s Friendly
            17 May 2015
            USA 5 MEX 1
            Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 0, Shots on Goal 0

            foxsports.com/soccer/boxscore?id=17091

            Christen Press
            FIFA Women’s World Cup
            12 Jun 2015
            USA 0 SWE 0
            Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 2, Shots on Goal 0

            resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/64/73/21/eng_19_0612_usa-swe_fulltime.pdf

            resources.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/64/72/20/eng_19_0612_usa-swe_tacticalstartlist.pdf

            Nevermind Christen Press started eleven of the first twelve matches for the USWNT in calendar year 2015.

            ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/lineups/2015-lineups

            http://media.moddb.com/images/groups/1/3/2933/ROFLMAO.png

        • #1Fan

          toi be fair, why? She is an established international who has been the subject of huge publicity. You cant have it both ways. The expectations will be immediate. Thats how it works.

          • Guest

            Because the trolls have already started and she hasn’t even had the chance to understand how the Spirit even play. The only people with immediate expectations are the ones who don’t have a clue. How about we at least give her a few weeks?

          • Steglitz49

            No. I am with #1Fan on this.

          • #1Fan

            im just telling you how it works. the media have created the expectations. You dont get ” a few weeks” You get paid big $$ to produce immediately. We can debate whether its right or wrong but I see both sides.

          • mockmook

            No, you are the one creating expectations — everyone else understands that the media are morons

          • #1Fan

            i think you overrate my reach. You also seem to lose the ability to read where Im concerned. keep twisting Mook.

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press has yet to produce.

            2015 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying
            Knockout Stage
            Assists Provided
            Pugh – 2
            Press – 0

            2015 SheBelieves Cup
            Assists Provided
            Pugh – 1
            Press – 0

            2016 Rio Olympics
            Goals Scored
            Pugh – 1
            Press – 0

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press has yet to produce.

            2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying
            Knockout Stage
            Goals Scored
            Pugh – 0
            Press – 0

            2016 SheBelieves Cup
            Goals Scored
            Pugh – 0
            Press – 0

            2016 Rio Olympics
            Goals Scored
            Pugh – 1
            Press – 0

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press has yet to produce.

            Summer Olympic Games
            Games Started
            Leroux (DOB 07 May 1990) – 0
            Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988) – 1

            Summer Olympic Games
            Minutes Played
            Leroux (DOB 07 May 1990) – 77
            Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988) – 123

            Summer Olympic Games
            Goals Scored
            Leroux (DOB 07 May 1990) – 1
            Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988) – 0

          • HOFCToDi

            What a joke!

            This isn’t the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL.

          • HOFCToDi

            What a joke!

            This isn’t the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL.

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_professional_sports_leagues_by_revenue

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press has yet to produce.

            Calendar Year 2016
            FIFA Top 12 Ranked Opponents
            USWNT Goals Scored
            Morgan (DOB 02 Jul 1989) – 6
            Horan (DOB 26 May 1994) – 2
            Lloyd (DOB 16 Jul 1982) – 2
            Mewis (DOB 09 Oct 1992) – 1
            Dunn (DOB 03 Jul 1992) – 1
            Johnston (DOB 06 Apr 1992) – 1
            Heath (DOB 29 May 1988) – 1
            Long (DOB 13 Aug 1987) – 1

            ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/lineups/2016-lineups

            By the way, Christen Press is not on the list.

          • guest

            blame the uswnt hype machine for that.

        • Arcie Tillydee

          She’s a pro now, and one that plays for an opponent of the team I support. It comes with the job.

          Moreover, her dithering cost us a #2 draft pick . I’ll happily cheer for her when she’s wearing the Nats shirt. But other than that? Nope.

        • guest

          don’t blame the posters. blame the uswnt hype machine for that.

      • HOFCToDi

        Christen Press only scores against tomato cans.

        USWNT Career
        FIFA Top 10 Ranked Opponents
        USWNT Goals Scored
        Morgan (DOB 02 Jul 1989) – 34
        Leroux (DOB 07 May 1990) – 8
        Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988) – 3

        Christen Press is the quintessential international FRAUD.

        4 years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
        85 caps
        2 head coaches

        #ChristenChasingObscurity

  • Guest

    Mal seems like a very level-headed young woman and the Spirit are clearly setting reasonable expectations for her. The over-hype the media will put out (positive and negative) won’t be the reality for Mal. She has huge upside potential but also has limited experience. The consistency of the level of play in the NWSL will definitely help her develop as well as the difference in the players she’ll be training with each day. It will be good for her, good for the Spirit and good for the league.

    • #1Fan

      “will put out ” ?

    • AlexH

      What will be good for her is the paycheck. I assume she will now get the 6 figure USWNT paycheck. After 4 years she will have a nice sum of cash whereas the average college grad will have a mountain of debt.

      • Steglitz49

        She was on a scholarship, surely.

        • AlexH

          Yes. She obviously would have left school with little or no debt. I was comparing her to a regular student. That said 4 years of a USWNT paycheck is a good sum of money which she would not have gotten had she remained an amateur.

          • Steglitz49

            I find it hard to see Mallory getting the big money till Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd hang up their boots. She might steal some of Syd’s and Crystal’s thunder but that is not a lot.

      • Guest

        The players will supposedly earn $200-300K this year based on appearances and NWSL. Her endorsement $ are going to be even bigger than that. There’s no comparison financially to staying school.

        • Steglitz49

          Please don’t guild her lily. $250-300k is what they earn in a successful WC and OG year because a big chunk comes from the Victory tours. In lean years like this and next, they are lucky to clear $150k.

          As for sponsorship income, Mallory is behind Alex and Carli. She no doubt will poach on Syd’s and Crystal’s patches but they are not bringing in the big bananas.

          • StegIitz49

            And yes, I did refer to “bringing in the big bananas” when talking about three black women! But I’m Swedish or something, so I don’t understand why that’s stupid!

          • FlyingSquirrel42

            Is something going on with Steg’s account? I noticed that some of his past upvotes and comments are deleted.

          • mockmook

            Well, the comment you replied to is obviously by a sockpuppet.

            So, the impostor my be screwing up S49’s account.

          • Not Steg

            Who could be so outraged by S49’s obsessive weird postings as to hack the acct and pretend to be S49?

          • HOFCToDi

            The ‘WannaCry’ malware attack has actually been put to good use.

        • Paul Klee

          Remember also that if the CBA still calls for tiered contracts, Pugh is getting a tier I contract that she might not get if she waited. She is likely making significantly more than Williams, Short and Lavelle a bit more than Sonnett and Mewis and maybe even Harris.

  • TsovLoj

    So where did this ice cream meme with Pugh start exactly?

    • Steglitz49

      She breaks new ground but unlike Lindsey Horan, who never took up her college place and instead went to a wealthy team in a romantic city, Ms Pugh will play in DC after having abandoned her studies.

      • AlexH

        In the internet era leaving a university does not necessarily equal abandoning her studies. Hopefully she takes a few finance and accounting classes online to help her manage her money.

        • Steglitz49

          Margaret Purce’s Harvard degree will come in handy if she is injured or her career stagnates. Mallory has no protection other than that which USSF and sponsors might pony up.

          • AlexH

            It’s obviously a risk, but if you are a big enough name you get to hang around the WNT for way longer than your play / health would justify. If Megan Rapinoe is any indication Mal’s bet was pretty safe. And in the mean time nothing prevents her from taking classes and working towards a degree. At the end of her career she stands a good chance of having both a degree and a bigger bank account than if she stayed.

          • guest

            Hate on Jill Ellis all you want for the Olympics (and I was mad too that Rapinoe was included), but if you’re following Seattle this season, no way you can say Rapinoe isn’t a NT caliber player. We’re not that far in, but she’s leading the league in goals right now and has been playing very well.

          • Steglitz49

            Seattle has gotten the reputation of the perennial failures, the girls that can’t hack it when the heat is on. Why waste time on Seattle?

          • guest

            rapinoe should have been playing like that before she got a chance to be selected to the rio olympics not after the fact. does nothing to change the rio olympic disaster now. just more uswnt corruption. #equalplayequaluswntopportunity #uswntpaytoplay.

          • Steglitz49

            The German FA looked after Kim Kulig but Kim had proven her mettle when she was out injured.

            Also, there is a limit on how many walking wounded the USSF can carry. They are nowhere near as rich as the DFB.

            The next two years will be lean for the USWNT. Things will pick up in 2019 but it goes without typing that it will depend on the outcome of the WC.

          • guest

            The protection that she has is that she will easily earn half-a-million dollars or more this first year and can pay for any college education later if necessary.

          • Steglitz49

            Que?! How in a year of no significance for the USWNT can she “easily earn half-a-million dollars or more”?

            This is neither Alex Morgan nor Carli Lloyd. It is not even Christen Press.

        • Silver Frost

          She can hire a wealth manager for 1% of income. It amazes me more NBA or NFL athletes don’t do this and try to take care of their own finances, and end up bankrupt.

          • Steglitz49

            1% of 150k is only 1.5k.

          • Silver Frost

            How do you know that’s her total income for this year?

          • Steglitz49

            Mal will have some endorsement income but not in the league of Alex or Carli. Essentially she will be poaching on Syd’s and Crystal’s patches, which are pretty meagre pickings.

            In lean years like non-WC years, USWNT players are lucky to clear $150k. 1% of 300k is still only 3k, not a lot of dosh.

    • guest

      She mentioned that she loves ice cream in her Lifetime live interview Saturday.

      • TsovLoj

        Ah, I thought it went further back and that interview was merely referencing it.

    • HOFCToDi
  • Ron Rocha

    On a side note… Strong rumor that Crystal Dunn may be heading to Boston now since there new sponser is Dunnkin Donuts.

    • Steglitz49

      Beans, surely. Beans. Or, do you mean seafood as in Legal Seafoods?

    • Breakers fan

      I just wrote a serious response, which I have now erased, after seeing your spellings in the original post. You got my hopes up….but I gotta give you a “Well-Dunn.”

      • DNG

        Would you trade Lavelle for Dunn because I’m pretty sure that’s what it would take.

        • Breakers fan

          Torturous question. I don’t see it happening so I don’t really feel a need to answer. I say that because I know how much Beard likes having Dowie, fellow Brit, ex-player for him at Liverpool, and Lavelle, so it’s really a moot question. The trade isn’t on the table in the least, I don’t think. I agree with you however that that is what it would take, maybe even more than Lavelle.

          • DNG

            I’m not sure I’d do it to be honest. I think I’d stick with Lavelle. Dunn is more of a proven player at this point though while Lavelle is still very much a prospect in my eye. Might have a higher ceiling.

  • Forgedias

    We might find out what her endorsements are later on. Her Nike deal and any other deals she makes will have to be declared since most likely these will be public companies. Then you add her salary with the USSF and voila you have probably a 7 figure athlete at 19 years old. And considering this is football and not tennis, this is actually a really good figure to make.

    Good career move on her part and wish her all the luck.

  • VaFan51

    Reading that the Spirit have sold over 3,500 tickets for this week — surely another indication that stars sell tickets. The fact that the WNT hasn’t been on mainstream TV lately and that Morgan, Lloyd, Dunn, Brian, and Heath (and Solo) have been AWOL might help explain the disappointing attendance in some venues. Star-power puts new and lukewarm fans in the seats. (And then there’s Portland.)

    • newsouth

      Grimm was cancelled. They truly have little to do in Portland now.