Christen Annemarie Press Profile
|Name||Christen Annemarie Press|
|Born||Dec 29, 1998|
|Birthplace||Los Angeles, California, United States|
Christen Press is an American soccer player who plays for Angel City FC in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), as well as the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT).
Previously, Press played for Stanford Cardinal, Pali Blues, magicJack, Kopparbergs/Goteborg FC, Tyreso FF, Chicago Red Stars, Utah Royals and Manchester United.
She was in the USA side which won back-to-back FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments in 2015 and 2019.
Press shone for Chadwick School, starting for her high school's first team for four years and captaining it for two. In 2006, she was named NSCAA High School All-American and Parade Magazine All-American.
She went on to display excellence for Stanford Cardinals between 2007 and 2010 and is their all-time record goalscorer with 71 goals.
Press was drafted to the Washington Freedom as the fourth overall pick in the 2011 WPS Draft. Under new ownership, the team relocated to Florida and was renamed magicJack.
Press scored eight goals in 16 appearances for them, then signed for Atlanta Beat in the off-season. However, with the WPS folding before the new season, Press moved to Sweden.
Swedish soccer at Goteborg
Press signed a professional contract with Kopparbergs/Goteborg in 2012 and hit the ground running at her new club. She was the second-highest goalscorer in the Damallsvenskan season with 17.
She had her first taste for silverware in Europe, securing the Swedish Cup in 2012.
Press returned to Goteborg in 2018 and scored four goals in eight appearances in the 2018 Damallsvenskan season.
Turning to Tyreso
At the end of her first season in Sweden, Press transferred to defending champions Tyreso FF. In the 2013 season, she scored 23 goals to become the first American to win the Damallsvenskan Golden Boot.
Press' nine goals in the 2013/14 UEFA Women's Champions League saw her finish second to Wolfsburg's Martina Müller in the goalscoring charts as she helped Tyreso to the final, where they lost 4-3 to Wolfsburg.
A move to the US - Chicago Red Stars
In January 2014, Chicago Red Stars announced that Press would join them after the conclusion of the 2013/14 UEFA Women's Champions League. She was the team's top goalscorer in the 2014 NWSL season with six goals in 12 matches.
Press returned to the Red Stars for the 2015 season and was prolific, scoring 10 goals in 12 matches, though her NWSL campaign was disrupted by the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Press was named team captain and scored nine goals in 15 appearances in the 2016 season, including one in the play-offs, but the Chicago Red Stars were eliminated 2-1 by the Washington Spirit after extra time.
In 2017, Press was her team's top scorer with 11 goals and the fourth-highest scorer in the NWSL. The Red Stars once again made the playoffs, but lost in the semi-finals 1-0 to North Carolina Courage.
In January 2018, Press was traded to Houston Dash. On March 10, the team was informed that she would not be joining them, as she had multiple offers in Sweden. Ultimately, she opted to sign for Göteborg.
Press signed for Utah Royals from Goteborg in June 2018 and scored twice in 11 matches in the 2018 NWSL season.
The following season, she was more prolific and scored eight goals in 14 games. She was named in the league's Best XI for the fourth time in her career.
Press did not participate in the NWSL Challenge Cup after the 2020 season was disrupted due to COVID-19.
She moved on to Manchester United in September 2020. Two months later, Utah lost her NWSL rights to Racing Louisville FC in the 2020 NWSL Expansion Draft.
A big move to Manchester
Press and international teammate Tobin Heath signed for Manchester United together.
The team quickly established itself among the frontrunners in the 2020/21 FA WSL season, pushing defending champions Chelsea and Manchester City.
Press was named in the US squad for the 2012 Olympics in London, but travelled as an alternate and did not make the final roster.
She earned her first senior USWNT cap in a friendly against Scotland in February 2013. She scored twice in a 4-1 win and was named Budweiser Woman of the Match.
Press was part of the team which won the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship and then the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, which they claimed by beating Japan 5-2 in the final.
Her failure to convert a penalty in the 2016 Olympic quarter-final clash against Sweden saw the USWNT eliminated from the tournament in a shootout.
However, Press and the United States bounced back as she starred while the team defended their CONCACAF Women's Championship and FIFA World Cup titles in 2018 and 2019.
Press was born in Los Angeles to Cody and Stacy Press. She has two sisters, Channing and Tyler. Cody was an American football player at Dartmouth and Stacy was a tennis player.
Christen Press' net worth is reported to be $1.4million.