|Full name||Christen Annemarie Press|
|Date of birth||December 29, 1988|
|Place of birth||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Tyresö FF, Chicago Red Stars|
|2014–||Chicago Red Stars||3||(2)|
|2008||United States U-20||0||(0)|
|2009–10||United States U-23||6||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 4, 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Christen Annemarie Press (born December 29, 1988) is an American professional soccer forward. She currently plays for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League and the United States national women's soccer team. She was a 2010 Hermann Trophy recipient and holds the all-time scoring record at Stanford University.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Club career
- 3 International career
- 4 Honors and awards
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Born in Los Angeles, California to Cody and Stacy Press, Christen was raised in the South Bay city of Palos Verdes along with her two sisters, Channing and Tyler. She began playing soccer at age five  and later attended Chadwick School. As a two-year team captain and four-year starter of the high school's soccer team, she helped lead the Dolphins to two Southern Section Division IV titles. She also lettered in track and tennis.
In 2006, she was named NSCAA High School All-American and Parade Magazine All-American. During her high school career, she scored a total of 128 goals, including 38 her junior year alone (a school-record). She was a two-time Southern Section Division IV Offensive Player of the Year and four-time Prep League Offensive MVP.
Press is the all-time leading scorer for the Stanford University women's soccer team with 71 goals. While playing for the Cardinal, she also broke school records for career points (183), assists (41), and shots (500) as well as single-season records for shots (180) and game-winning goals (10). The 26 goals she scored during her senior year alone tied for the most in a single season throughout the team's history.
As a freshman, Press was on the starting lineup for the Cardinal in 18 of the 21 games in which she played. She led the team in assists (6) and ranked second in goals (8), points (22) and shots (60). She set a new school record for fastest goal scored in a match after scoring in the 37th minute of the team's 7-0 defeat of Sacramento State University in the first round of the NCAA Division I Tournament. She scored two goals and served an assist during the same match. She was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and earned first-team Freshman All-American honors. During her sophomore season, Press scored 16 goals and served 11 assists and was one of only five players on the squad that started every game. Her 43 points tallied in a single season ranked second in school history. After scoring the game-winning goal during the 86th minute of the NCAA Division I Tournament quarterfinal against the Portland Pilots, Press' lone goal helped launch the Cardinal to the Final Four. She was the only player from the Cardinal squad to be named to the NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team.
During her third season with the Cardinal, Press set new program records for assists (16) and shots (143). Seven of her 21 goals during the 2009 season were game-winning goals. Her 58 points raised the bar that she set during the previous season for the second-highest point total in a single season and ranked third in the nation. Press broke her previous record for fastest goal scored in Stanford history after scoring 23 seconds into a match against Brigham Young University. She scored a golden goal against the UCLA Bruins during the Cardinal's 2-1 win securing the Cardinal into its first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament final. During the NCAA College Cup final, she scored a tying goal in the 89th minute against the North Carolina Tar Heels; however, the goal was disallowed. During the postseason, she was named to the NCAA College Cup All-Tournament team for the second time, Soccer America's MVPs first team and Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the Season. She was named to the All-Pac-10 first team and was a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy.
Press was the recipient of the 2010 Hermann Trophy, widely considered the highest accolade for collegiate athletes. She was named Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year and earned All-Pac-10 first team and NSCAA first-team All-American honors. A strong student as well, she also received Academic All-America honors and won the Pac-10's Scholar-Athlete of the Year for soccer.
Press was drafted to the Washington Freedom as the fourth overall pick in the 2011 WPS Draft. Under new ownership, the team moved to Florida and was renamed magicJack. She scored her first goal in the 64th minute of magicJack's 2-0 defeat of the Atlanta Beat in May 2011. Of the goal, Press said, "It was so good to finish. Being a forward, we go into every game thinking our job is to score, so it’s nice to finally get that accomplished." During a 4-0 win against the Boston Breakers in July 2011, Press scored a hat trick improving the team's league record to 6-6-2 overall. She was awarded the US Soccer Federation's Rookie of the Year award for the first-ever hat trick scored by a rookie. Press finished the 2011 season having started in 16 of the 19 games in which she appeared for magicJack. Her eight goals ranked third in the league. During the postseason, Press signed with the Atlanta Beat; however, the league suspended operations before the season began.
When Women's Professional Soccer folded in early 2012, Press inked a professional deal with Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC in the Damallsvenskan, the top division in Sweden. Her first game with Göteborg occurred during a 2012-13 UEFA Women's Champions League quarterfinal match against Arsenal L.F.C. in which Göteborg lost 3-0.
During her regular season debut with Göteborg on April 10, 2012, she scored two goals—her first coming during the fifth minute of the match. During the team's 6-0 defeat of KIF Örebro later that month, she scored another pair of goals within five minutes of each other. On August 25, 2012, she scored two goals again—this time within two minutes of each other in the 61st and 63rd minutes—helping Göteborg defeat Umeå 5-0. Press was the second-highest scorer in the Damallsvenskan with 17 league goals and scored a total of 25 in all 2012 competitions.
During the quarter-finals of the Swedish Cup, she scored two goals for Göteborg in the 41st and 59th minutes helping the squad defeat Kristianstad 3-0. During the semi-finals in August 2012, she scored in the thirteenth minute helping her squad defeat LdB Malmö 2-1 and progress to the championship final. Göteborg won the championship in a 2–1 win over Tyresö FF with Press scoring a goal in the ninth minute of the game.
In early 2013, Press signed with Swedish Damallsvenskan champions, Tyresö FF, located in Stockholm. During her regular season debut for the team, she scored a goal in the 14th minute helping Tyresö defeat Vittsjö GIK 2-0. During a 10-2 win over Sunnanå SK, Press scored four goals. During the team's next match, she scored two goals helping the team defeat Jitex BK 7-0. On June 9, 2013, she scored a hat trick during the squad's 5–1 win over Kristianstads DFF. After following up with a pair of goals scored in each of Tyresö's next two matches, Press scored her second hat trick of the season during a 5-0 win over Jitex IK on August 24, 2013. Her third hat trick occurred the following game during an 8-0 win against Sunnanå IF. During the team's last match of the regular season, Press scored twice against her former team, Göteborg FC, helping Tyresö win 4–1.
Press finished the 2013 season as the top scorer in the league with 23 goals becoming the first American to do so in the history of the Damallsvenskan. Tyresö finished second during the regular season with a 14-6-2 record and thus qualified for the 2014-15 UEFA Women's Champions League. In October 2013, Press scored Tyresö's only two goals during the 2013-14 UEFA Women's Champions League's Round of 32 securing a 2-1 aggregate win over French side, Paris Saint-Germain F.C. and launching her team to the Round of 16.
Chicago Red Stars
|Chicago Red Stars||2014||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Total in career||69||53||8||7||10||7||87||67|
Press represented the United States on various youth national teams, including the under-20 and under-23 teams. In 2012, she was a member of the senior team player pool and attended the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as an alternate.
Press played in her first match for the United States women's national soccer team on February 9, 2013 in a match against Scotland. After scoring the first two goals of the match in the right midfielder position, she served the assist on the United States' third goal. Press is only the third woman to score two goals on her first match for the U.S. national team following Cindy Parlow Cone in 1996 and Sherrill Kester in 2000. The U.S. defeated Scotland 4–1 and Press was named Budweiser Woman of the Match. She scored another goal during her second game four days later helping the U.S. defeat Scotland 2–0. No other US woman has scored three goals in her first two games.
2013 Algarve Cup
Press' third cap for the national team occurred at the 2013 Algarve Cup during the team's first group stage match against Iceland on March 6, 2013. Press subbed in during the 64th minute for Carli Lloyd and the U.S. defeated Iceland 3-0. During the team's next group stage match on March 8, 2013, Press scored the fourth goal in a commanding 5-0 win over China. With the goal against China, Press became the fifth women's national team player to score at least four goals in her first four matches. She earned two additional caps at the Algarve during the knockout stage match against Sweden led by former United States coach, Pia Sundhage, and in the final against Germany. The United States took first at the 2013 Algarve Cup with a 2-0 win over Germany.
Press finished her first year with the senior national team with 8 goals in 12 matches.
2014 Algarve Cup
Press started the 2014 with 3 goals in 3 friendly matches. She is selected by head coach Tom Sermanni to play for United States women's national soccer team at the 2014 Algarve Cup. Earlier in the year she scored a goal against Russia in a friendly on February 13, 2014, she also scored against Russia on February 8, 2014.
|Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)|
|Location||Geographic location of the venue where the competition occured
Sorted by country name first, then by city name
|Lineup||Start – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time
|Goal in match||Goal of total goals by the player in the match
Sorted by total goals followed by goal number
|Min||The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.|
|Assist/pass||The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.|
|penalty or pk||Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)|
|Score||The match score after the goal was scored.
Sorted by goal difference, then by goal scored by the player's team
|Result||The final score.
Sorted by goal difference in the match, then by goal difference in penalty-shoot-out if it is taken, followed by goal scored by the player's team in the match, then by goal scored in the penalty-shoot-out. For matches with identical final scores, match ending in extra-time without penalty-shoot-out is a tougher match, therefore precede matches that ended in regulation
|aet||The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation|
|pso||Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time|
|Light-purple background color – exhibition or closed door international friendly match|
|Light-yellow background color – match at an invitational tournament|
NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player
|1||February 9, 2013[m 1]||home||USAJacksonville||Scotland||2.1 of 2||13||unassisted||
|2||2.2 of 2||32||Heath, TobinTobin Heath||
|3||February 13, 2013[m 2]||home||USANashville||Scotland||1 of 1||54||Boxx, ShannonShannon Boxx||
|4||March 8, 2013[m 3]||neutral||PORTUGALAlbufeira||China PR||1 of 1||64||Morgan, AlexAlex Morgan||
|Algarve Cup:Group B|
|5||April 9, 2013[m 4]||away||NETHERLANDSThe Hague||Netherlands||90.Start||2.1 of 2||45||Leroux, SydneySydney Leroux||
|6||2.2 of 2||60||O'Reilly, HeatherHeather O'Reilly||
|7||October 20, 2013[m 5]||home||USASan Antonio||Australia||1 of 1||90+1||O'Reilly, HeatherHeather O'Reilly||
|8||October 27, 2013[m 6]||home||USASan Francisco||New Zealand||90.Start||1 of 1||41||unassisted||
|9||February 8, 2014[m 7]||home||USABoca Raton||Russia||2.1 of 2||51||Lloyd, CarliCarli Lloyd||
|10||2.2 of 2||59||Krieger, AliAli Krieger||
|11||February 13, 2014[m 8]||home||USAAtlanta||Russia||1 of 1||86||Rapinoe, MeganMegan Rapinoe||
|12||March 10, 2014[m 9]||neutral||PORTUGALParchal||Denmark||90.start||1 of 1||51||O'Reilly, HeatherHeather O'Reilly||
|Algarve Cup:Group B|
Honors and awards
- Hermann Trophy: 2010
- Damallsvenskan Golden Boot award (Tyresö FF): 2013
- Swedish Cup (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC): 2012
- "Christen Press blogs about her new post in Sweden". Stanford University. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
- Barron, Silviano. "Q/A with Christen Press". Pali Blues. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- "Christen Press player profile". Stanford University. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- "US Youth Soccer ODP a Common Thread Among Soccer America’s Women’s Preseason All-Americans". US Youth Soccer. August 30, 2010. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- Stanford soccer star Christen Press seeks a national title and a call from U.S. national team, San Jose Mercury News, 12/2/2010.
- French, Scott (December 3, 2010). "Press is No. 1 Stanford difference-maker". ESPN. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
- Stanford Athletics (December 4, 2009). "Stanford Presses On to NCAA Final". Stanford University. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- Graham, Hays (December 2, 2010). "Christen Press leads balanced Stanford". ESPN. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- Hays, Graham (January 8, 2011). "Press finishes career on top". ESPN. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
- "Christen Press Named Pac-10 Player of the Year". Stanford University. November 10, 2010. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
- "Christen Press Wins Hermann Trophy". Stanford University. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- "Press Goes Fourth in WPS Draft". Stanford University. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- "Promising Female Player Stows Her Passport". The New York Times. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- Thaxton, Haley (May 8, 2011). "magicJack 2-0 Atlanta Beat: Press opens scoring campaign". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- "Christen Press' hat trick follows Abby Wambach's goal in magicJack's 4-0 win over Boston". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- Fainberg, Jess (July 31, 2011). "Press, magicJack sink Breakers 4-0". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- "Press named Rookie of the Year". Palo Alto Online. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- "Christen Press". Soccer Way. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- "WPS 2011 Season". Soccer Way. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- Bretherton, William (December 2, 2011). "Beat sign former Stanford scoring star Press". Marietta Daily Journal. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- Bell, Jack (January 30, 2012). "W.P.S. Suspends Operations". The New York Times. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- 15. Christen Press, Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, 17/2/12.
- "Christen Press: Hindsight". Stanford University. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- "GÖTEBORG FC VS. DJURGÅRDEN 2 - 0". Soccer Way. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- "KIF ÖREBRO VS. GÖTEBORG FC 0 - 6". Soccer Way. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- "GÖTEBORG FC VS. UMEÅ 5 - 0". Soccer Way. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- "Göteborg FC tappar sin bästa målskytt". Göteborgs-Posten. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- "GÖTEBORG FC VS. KRISTIANSTAD 3 - 0". Soccer Way. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- "GÖTEBORG FC VS. LDB MALMÖ 2 - 1". Soccer Way. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- "Studio KGFC, Vinnare av Svenska Cupen 2012". Goteborg FC. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- Kennedy, Paul (January 4, 2013). "Press joins Swedish champion Tyreso". Soccer America. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- "VITTSJÖ VS. TYRESÖ 0 - 2". Soccer Way. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- "TYRESÖ VS. SUNNANÅ 10 - 2". Soccer Way. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- Gladys, Maura (May 21, 2013). "Press Scores Four to Take Scoring Lead in Sweden". American Soccer Now. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- "JITEX VS. TYRESÖ 0 - 7". Soccer Way. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- "TYRESÖ VS. KRISTIANSTAD 5 - 1". Soccer Way. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- "TYRESÖ VS. JITEX 5 - 0". Soccer Way. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- "SUNNANÅ VS. TYRESÖ 0 - 8". Soccer Way. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- "TYRESÖ VS. GÖTEBORG FC 4 - 1". Soccer Way. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- Kassouf, Jeff (October 12, 2013). "Press scores two more; will be first American to win Damallsvenskan golden boot". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
- Kassouf, Jeff (October 23, 2013). "Christen Press talks USWNT, possible NWSL future". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- "Fans please join us in welcoming #USWNT forward @ChristenPress to the team!". Chicago Red Stars. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
- "Sundhage picks 6 newcomers for U.S. Olympic team". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- "Christen Press player profile". BBC. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
- Fainberg, Jess (February 9, 2013). "Impressive debut leads US to 4-1 win over Scotland". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved November 9, 2013.
- "U.S. Women's National Team Begin Year with 4-1 Win against Scotland". U.S. Soccer Federation. February 9, 2013. Retrieved November 9, 2013.
- Farley, Richard (February 9, 2013). "Assessing the aftermath of Christen Press’s bombshell debut". NBC Sports. Retrieved November 9, 2013.
- "U.S. WNT Wins Second Straight Against Scotland".
- "Rachel Buehler Scores in Her 100th Career Cap as USA Defeats Iceland 3-0 to Open 2013 Algarve Cup in Portugal". U.S. Soccer Federation. March 6, 2013. Retrieved November 9, 2013.
- "U.S. WNT Finishes Algarve Cup Group Stage Against Sweden". US Soccer. Retrieved March 13, 2013.
- "U.S. WNT and Germany Vie for 2013 Algarve Cup Title on March 13 in Faro, Portugal". US Soccer. Retrieved March 13, 2013.
- Match reports
- "U.S. Women's National Team Begin Year with 4-1 Win against Scotland". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. WNT Wins Second Straight Against Scotland". U.S.Soccer.
- "Krieger and Engen Tally First International Goals as U.S. WNT Defeats China PR 5-0 at Algarve Cup in Portugal". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. Women’s National Team Defeats Netherlands 3-1 in International Friendly at The Hague". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. WNT Rolls Past Australia 4-0 in Front of 19,109 at Alamodome in San Antonio". U.S. Soccer Federation. October 20, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
- "U.S. WNT Defeats New Zealand 4-1 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco". U.S. Soccer Federation. October 27, 2013. Retrieved October 27, 2013.
- "U.S. WNT Rolls to 7-0 Victory Against Russia in Boca Raton, Fla.". United States Soccer Federation. February 8, 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
- "U.S. WNT Routs Russia 8-0 in Second Leg in Front of 16,133 Fans at Georgia Dome". U.S. Soccer.
- "U.S. WNT Falls to Denmark 5-3 in Final Group B Match at Algarve Cup". U.S. Soccer Federation. March 10, 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Christen Press.|
- Christen Press – UEFA competition record
- Official website
- US Soccer player profile
- Tyresö FF player profile
- Chicago Red Stars player profile
- Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC player profile
- Stanford player profile
- Christen Press on Twitter