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Watch: Haley Bugeja becomes Orlando Pride’s youngest player after NWSL debut

Maltese player is now NWSL’s fourth youngest player

Maltese sensation Haley Bugeja became Orlando Pride’s youngest player ever in the National Women’s Soccer League of the United States after making her long-awaited debut for the club.

In the process, she also became just the fourth youngest player to feature in the NWSL. 

Bugeja, 18, joined Orlando Pride in July after spending two seasons in Italy’s Serie A Femminile in Italy.

The former Mġarr United player was an unused substitute in three previous matches for the Pride but eventually she managed to make her American debut in the home game against North Carolina Courage.

While the Pride fell to a 3-0 home defeat, Bugeja had 20 minutes to showcase herself and as soon as she came on the field, on minute 71, she picked up the ball, drove through the defense before passing the ball towards Meggie Howard who sailed her effort.

Haley Bugeja’s first glimpse of action with Orlando Pride.

The Pride have two games left to wrap up their regular season as they host San Diego Wave before rubbing shoulders with Reign FC, in Seattle.

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