February 5, 2016
Mal Pugh headlines UCLA newcomers
LOS ANGELES -- The UCLA Bruins women’s team’s recruiting class is highlighted by U.S. Women’s National Team member Mal Pugh and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup veteran Jessie Fleming of Canada, the school announced Friday.
Also signing were U.S. Youth National Team members Marley Canales, Sunny Dunphy, Jayce Pederson and Kaiya McCullough, and JUCO All-American Julia Hernandez.
The class is projected as the No. 1 class in the nation and one of the greatest recruiting classes of all-time.
“This tremendous class addresses some of the needs we have from the graduation of three amazing groups of seniors (2013, 2014, and 2015)," UCLA coach Amanda Cromwell said. "We are excited about the progress our current team is making this spring, and it will be exciting to see the whole group, newcomers and veterans, together next fall.
“What we love about this class is that they are coming to UCLA to be great -- great students, great people, and great players. This greatness extends to the classroom, the field, our culture, and all of UCLA Athletics. We truly want players who seek out the best, who thrive on the challenge, and want to be part of something great. That is the DNA of this signing class. Almost all of the student-athletes at UCLA have dreams of playing their sport beyond college, but they also have a clear understanding that life beyond soccer involves getting a quality education. UCLA is the best place in the country to be supported while chasing dreams on and off the field.”