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Get ready, world: Here comes Mal Pugh

MAL PUGH WILL cringe when she sees the headline of this story. I know this because in the hour and a half we've been chatting at her apartment, she's already cringed at least half a dozen times. She squirms when I point out that she's been anointed the savior/prodigy/future of soccer ever since the U.S. women's national team discovered her at the age of 12. She shudders when I mention that I heard she was so good as a teenager, she had to practice with boys (a relatable response for anyone who's...

United States dominate New Zealand in pre-Women's World Cup friendly

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2015 World Cup hero Carli Lloyd came on in the second half to score a brace as the United States take apart New Zealand with ease.

Carli Lloyd came off the bench to score a pair of goals as the U.S. women eased past New Zealand 5-0  in a pre-World Cup friendly in St. Louis on Thursday night.

Tobin Heath, Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis also scored for the U.S., while Alyssa Naeher kept a clean sheet in goal without having to make a single save.

It was Team USA's second date in a three-match series leading up to the World Cup, which begins June 7 in France. The U.S. faces Mexico on May 26 in Harrison, New Jersey, in...