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Christen Annemarie Press

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Date of birth
(1988-12-29) December 29, 1988 (age 32)


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Christen Annemarie Press (born December 29, 1988) is an American soccer striker and FIFA Women's World Cup champion. She captains the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and plays for the United States women's national soccer team. Press previously played for magicJack of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) as well as Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, and Tyresö FF in the Swedish Damallsvenskan. In 2011, she was named the WPS Rookie of the Year. In 2013, Press was the top scorer in the Damallsvenskan with 23 goals and became the first American to receive the Golden Boot award in the history of the league. She was a 2010 Hermann Trophy recipient and holds the all-time scoring record at Stanford University.


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Early life

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Born in Los Angeles 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.

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Press played club soccer for Slammers FC of Newport Beach, California and won the Golden Boot for most goals scored in the US Youth Soccer Association's national championship tournament.

Stanford Cardinal, 2007–2010

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Press is the all-time leading scorer for the Stanford Cardinal 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 second 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 and made an assist 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 loss against the North Carolina Tar Heels, an apparent tying goal by Press in the 89th minute was ruled offside. 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.

In her senior year Press led the nation in scoring and points and was the recipient of the 2010 Hermann Trophy, marking the second consecutive win for a Stanford player following Kelley O'Hara in 2009. Press was named Soccer America Player of the Year, Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year, and earned All-Pac-10 first team and NSCAA first-team All-American honors. She displayed academic proficiency as well, receiving Academic All-America honors and winning the Pac-10's Scholar-Athlete of the Year for soccer.

Stanford summary


magicJack, 2011

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.

Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, 2012

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.

Tyresö FF, 2013–2014

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, 2014–present

On January 3, 2014, the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League announced that Press would be joining their roster for the 2014 season following her time with Tyresö FF. During the 2014 NWSL season, Press scored a team-high of six goals while playing in only 12 matches and was awarded the team's Golden Boot. During a match on July 4 against 2013 champions Portland Thorns at Providence Park, Press scored two goals in the 76th and 82nd minutes to equalize the score resulting in a draw after being down 2–0 at halftime. On August 16, she scored another brace with goals in the 17th and 60th minutes helping Chicago draw against Western New York Flash. Chicago finished fifth during the regular season with a 9–7–8 record. Press was named to the league's second XI team by players, coaches, and media.

Press returned to the Red Stars for the 2015 Chicago Red Stars season. During the team's first home match against Seattle Reign FC, she scored a brace and served an assist to Jen Hoy to help the Red Stars defeat Seattle 3–2. She was subsequently named the league's NWSL Player of the Week for week 2 of the season. On April 25, Press scored two early goals in a drawn match against Portland Thorns FC. At the end of April, having scored four goals and provided one assist, Press was the league's goal leader and was named the NWSL Player of the Month. Press missed the next eight games due to her participation in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. After returning, Press scored four goals in a three-game span; including a brace in the Red Stars' 2–2 draw with FC Kansas City on August 1.

During their 2016 season, Press was named captain before the start of the season and tallied 8 goals in 14 games. She scored a goal in the NWSL Playoffs, though the Red Stars were eliminated after a 2-1 loss to the Washington Spirit in extra time.

International career

In 2012, as a member of the United States women's national soccer team player pool, Press attended the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as an alternate. She earned her first cap for the national 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.


Press started 2014 with three goals in three international friendly matches. She was selected by national team head coach Tom Sermanni to play at the 2014 Algarve Cup. Earlier in the year she scored a goal against Russia in a friendly on February 8, 2014 and again on February 13, 2014. During a group stage match against Argentina at the 2014 International Tournament of Brasília, Press scored four goals helping the U.S. win 7–0, and qualify for the championship game.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

Press was selected for the US national team for the World Cup. On June 8, 2015, Press made her first career World Cup start against Australia and scored her first World Cup goal in the 61st minute. She played in four of the team's seven World Cup games, starting two, en route to the team's win at the World Cup that year.

During the 2015 World Cup Victory Tour, Press tallied 8 goals and an assist in 249 minutes of playing time (including 2 hat-tricks and goals in 2 games within 3 minutes of entering the match). These goals brought her up to 10 in total for 2015, placing her 2nd in the team's 2015 scoring list, behind midfielder Carli Lloyd.

International summary

Updated through 2016-4-30


  • CONCACAF Women's Qualifying Tournament: 2014
  • FIFA Women's World Cup: 2015
  • Algarve Cup: 2013, 2015
  • She Believes Cup: 2016
  • Individual

  • Hermann Trophy: 2010
  • Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year: 2010
  • Soccer America Player of the Year Award: 2010
  • Top Drawer Soccer Player of the Year Award: 2010
  • WPS Rookie of the Year: 2011
  • Damallsvenskan Golden Boot award (Tyresö FF): 2013
  • UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe Award Nominee: 2013
  • NWSL Second XI: 2014
  • NWSL First XI: 2015, 2016
  • NWSL Player of the Month: 2015 (April)
  • NWSL Player of the Week: 2015 (Week 2)
  • NWSL Player of the Week: 2017 (Week 6)
  • Club

  • Swedish Cup (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC): 2012
  • UEFA Women's Champions League: 2013–14 Runner up
  • Media and endorsements

    Press has appeared in several advertisements and promotional pieces for Nike. In 2014, she was featured in a promo for Wheaties. In May 2015, she starred in television commercials for Coppertone. In February 2016, she became a brand ambassador for nutritional product manufacturer Genesis Today.

    In May 2015, Press' likeness appeared on The Simpsons along with teammates Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach. The same year, she starred in the short film, An Equal Playing Field. She has been featured in a number of magazines including Self, Howler, Shape, Darling Magazine and Glamour. In 2015, she was featured on the covers of Sports Illustrated and Yoga Digest.

    Press was featured with her national teammates in the EA Sports' FIFA video game series in FIFA 16, the first time women players were included in the game. In October 2015, she was announced as a host for FOX Sports’ @The Buzzer. In 2016, Press posed nude for the ESPN's annual The Body Issue magazine.

    Ticker tape parade and White House honor

    Following the United States' win at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, Press and her teammates became the first women's sports team to be honored with a ticker tape parade in New York City. Each player received a key to the city from Mayor Bill de Blasio. In October of the same year, the team was honored by President Barack Obama at the White House.


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