IN THE ZONE
When U.S. National Team forward Mal Pugh steps onto the pitch, she enters a state of composure. “There's definitely a switch that gets flipped when I walk over that white line,” she says. “ My on-pitch personality is definitely more locked-in and in the zone. I want to beat you.” That clinical focus is what makes Phantom players like Pugh so unpredictable to defenders.
MASTER OF PRECISION
When asked what the most important aspect of her game is, Mal Pugh doesn’t even need to think about it. “Creativity,” she says. “I love just playing around with the ball so I think this boot is perfect to do that.” As an early tester of the new boot, Mal was a big fan of the textured Flyknit. “You really feel that boot-to-foot connection and then the ball-to-boot connection,” she says. “You just want the ball at your feet.”
FOCUSED ON HER GAME
With the pressure of the biggest tournament of her life on the horizon, it’s crucial Mal Pugh stays focused on the pitch. To keep Phantom players composed under pressure, Nike designers tapped into the science behind the color blue, harnessing its calming effect. Perfect for Mal’s collected style of play, the Racer Blue colorway will help her stay poised for summer 2019.