Of all the names critical to the U.S. Women’s National Team’s chances of success this summer at the 2015 World Cup, Christen Press is close to the top of the list.
She’s not the big name of Wambach or Morgan, but through two games in the NWSL, Press has four goals for the Chicago Red Stars — a scintillating start, and one that will hopeful matter to head coach Jill Ellis when it comes to drawing up a starting XI, and translate into scoring form for the national team.
Press, who has been shunted out to the flank in recent USWNT friendlies, showed what she could do when playing closer to goal against the Portland Thorns, scoring twice in the game’s first ten minutes (helped in part by a poor save attempt by Portland GK Nadine Angerer on the second). The Thorns managed to erased the deficit and secure a 2-2 draw in Illinois.
The former Stanford star returned to play domestic soccer last summer after two-and-a-half successful seasons in Europe, scoring 42 goals in 47 games for Göteborg FC and Tyresö FF in Sweden.
The U.S. Women’s national team bounced back from its 3-2 loss against Brazil in emphatic style, putting seven past Argentina on Thursday in Brazil. Coupled with the hosts defeat of China, the U.S. gets a second shot at the Brazilians on Sunday in the four team tournament final.
Christen Press scored four times and Carli Lloyd had a hat trick in the win over an over-matched Argentina side. Hermann Trophy finalist Morgan Brian picked up two assists.
The 2014-15 ECNL season is dedicated to celebrating the Amazing Young Women that have helped mold this league into the top female youth soccer platform in the world. As part of the campaign, ECNL is encouraging amazing young women to share their stories. Christen Press, current member of the US Women’s National Team, professional women’s soccer player for the Chicago Red Stars, alum of ECNL Member Club Slammers FC and could be on the cover of the next Wheaties Box! But, she needs your help to win Wheaties NEXT!
Let’s celebrate and support this amazing young woman by helping her get on the cover of the next Wheaties Box where she can represent all #ECNLAYW! Below is an open letter from Christen!
Fellow Amazing Young Women:
My name is Christen Press and I am a professional women’s soccer player for the United States Women’s National team and the Chicago Red Stars. It is with great excitement that I introduce you to Wheaties NEXT—a first of its kind competition. I am privileged to announce that I am competing in this challenge and have an opportunity to earn a coveted spot on the front of the next Wheaties box. But I need your help!
Supporters can vote for their athlete of choice by logging workouts on the following website: mapmyfitness.com/wheatiesnext. The competition runs from July 1st- to August 31st. Most importantly, for every workout logged for Team Press, General Mills will make a generous donation to Grass Roots Soccer- a non-profit organization that uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to stop the spread of HIV. //www.grassrootsoccer.org
Here’s how you can help:
Sign up for the Wheaties NEXT challenge at mapmyfitness.com/wheatiesnext and start logging!
Rally your friends and your network, by sharing the above link.
I look forward to having your support, and feel free to reach out with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for supporting,
Despite being teammates, Christen Press and Kelly O’Hara are used to being friendly rivals. In 2009, when they were both the top players in college soccer, we named them Co-MVPs and they would also go on to trade Hermann Trophy wins.
But which is the smarter Stanford grad? US Soccer aimed to find that out as they pitted the pair in a quiz competition.
The US ladies took care of business against the Netherlands 3-1 and Christen Press continued her assault, scoring twice to give her six goals in seven appearances.
Press has been seriously making up for her lost time with the US program.
SEE HIGHLIGHTS OF USWNT vs. Sweden HERE.
The United States women’s national team entered the 2013 Algarve Cup as the most dominant team in the world. So far they have not disappointed soccer fans in their bid to win the tournament. Led by Baby Horse, Megan Rapinoe, Abby Wambach and the new US starlet Christen Press, our favorite ladies are well on their way to winning some more hardware.
After a 1-1 tie with Sweden Monday, the team will meet Germany in the final on Wednesday to try to cap a great Algarve journey:
The women soundly defeated Iceland in their first game of the Cup by a score of 3-0. Goals for the USWNT came from Shannon Boxx, Wambach and Rachel Buehler. “The Buehldozer” had a special game as the defender was also handed her 100th cap for the US.
Then there was former rivals China. Is it just me or has China lost a bit of the power in their punch these past few years? After the epic showdowns of the Mia Hamm/Brandi Chastain era, this game left a bit to be desired for soccer fans. The US soundly defeated China 5-0 while making 10 lineup changes from the win over Iceland. Talk about depth.
The biggest story may be the fact that, despite the opinion of many fans (especially males), the USWNT seems to be functioning perfectly without goalkeeper Hope Solo. It is reported that the long-time goalkeeper is out for 3-4 months with a wrist injury. Backup goalkeeper Jill Loyden also suffered a wrist injury when she broke a bone in her left hand during a training session in Portugal, where the Algarve Cup is being held. Enter veteran goalkeeper, Nicole Barnhart, with the relatively new addition, Ashlyn Harris, as her backup.
So far the women’s team has completed two shutouts in two games. No Hope? No problem.
I think it’s time we scheduled other teams. The USWNT beat up on Scotland for the second consecutive match, 3-1 on Wednesday. A couple things to note from this match – including my apologies for the above video not having audio and feeling like a 1985 projection.
- Christen Press scored again to become the first player in U.S. history to score three goals in her first two games.
- Megan Rapinoe got back in the mix, shaking off her poor French to score a goal.
- Sydney Leroux earned her first career start … we’re sure her boyfriend was proud.
Just a reminder that despite the loss, Scotland IS FREE!
Former MAC Hermann Trophy winner Christen Press scores two goals in her first ever appearance on the full U.S. women’s national team – a 4-1 win over Scotland on Saturday.
Press has been a curious omission from the US Soccer program given her decorated college career, but she capitalized on her long awaited chance and will be a player to watch moving forward.