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BRASILIA, Brazil -- Shes just 18 and the youngest soccer player at the Olympics for the U.S., but Mallory Pugh displays the confidence of a seasoned veteran.The Colorado teenager holds the distinction of being the youngest American ever to score an Olympic goal. She got it on Tuesday night in Manaus, when the three-time defending champion United States won its group with a 2-all draw against Colombia.A couple of days later, the magnitude of the feat had sunk in -- at least as much as possible for someone who considers goals just part of the job.I got on the bus after the game and its kind of felt like any other goal, she said Thursday. But that night I was getting settled in and I was like, this is actually pretty cool. I scored a goal in the Olympics.Pugh was in Brasilia preparing with the United States for a quarterfinal match against Sweden on Friday.The recent graduate from Mountain Vista High School in Colorado made her debut at the senior level in the teams opening match this year, scoring her first goal in a 5-0 win over Ireland. Shes appeared in 16 matches overall with four goals.Her latest put the United States up 2-1 against Colombia. She blasted a shot through several defenders in the 59th minute.I was asking her when we were in ice bath: `Did that shot go through a bunch of peoples legs? And she told me, `I dont really know. I just hit it as hard as I could. Thats just kind of how she is. She does amazing things and its kind of like, `Well, I do these things all the time. So I guess its just every day, U.S. defender Becky Sauerbrunn said.Pugh said she remembers thinking: Its go time.The lead didnt stand, however, as Catalina Usme scored her second goal of the match on a free kick in the final moments to tie it.Pugh first came to the attention of U.S. coach Jill Ellis when she was 14. She has played on the under-17 and under-20 national teams, and turned heads when she captained the team that won the CONCACAF Womens U-20 Championship last year, earning the Golden Boot award for most goals with seven.She is the youngest of a youth movement for the senior U.S. national team. The average age of the team is 27.8, down from the 29.5-year average of the team that won the World Cup in Canada last summer.Several veterans, including Abby Wambach and Lauren Holiday, have since retired from the team that beat Japan 5-2 for the World Cup title. Sydney Leroux and Amy Rodriguez didnt vie for Olympic roster spots because of pregnancies.Pugh, however, is not the youngest-ever Olympian on the team. That distinction went to Cindy Parlow, who was about a month younger than Pugh is now when she played in the 1996 Atlanta Games.Following the Olympics, Pugh will compete for the U-20 national team (shes the captain) at the World Cup for that level of play in Papua New Guinea in November. She jokes that she still hasnt figured out how to pack for big tournaments in far-flung locales.When things settle down, she said she plans to enroll at UCLA in January. She didnt enroll for the fall because she didnt want to use a redshirt year.At least for now, shes all about soaking up the Olympic experience. Pugh would like nothing more than to help the U.S. win a fourth straight gold.I think for now were just all looking forward to just playing in these big-time games in the Olympics and just trying to push toward our main goal, she said. 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Some of the Premier Leagues most iconic players have netted in this fixture, including Eric Cantona, Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Patrick Viera.Sky Sports pundit Thierry Henry is included twice in the list, with Wayne Rooney also featuring for his winning goal in January 2010. The most recent goals to make the top ten are Ashley Youngs strike during Uniteds 8-2 thrashing of Arsenal in August 2011 and Santi Cazorlas goal at Old Trafford in November 2012. Six months half price Upgradde to Sky Sports to watch Man Utd v Arsenal on Saturday and get the first six months half price But which is your favourite? Hit play on the video above to see all of the goals in full and then have your say in our vote below! The two sides meet on Premier League Live this weekend as old foes Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger meet for the first time this season.dddddddddddd Coverage begins live on Sky Sports 1 from 11.30am and hopefully plenty more memorable goals like the ones in our top five. 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