Christen Press 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. Press previously played for magicJack of Women's Professional Soccer as well as Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC and Tyresö FF of 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.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Christen was raised in the South Bay city of Palos Verdes. 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.
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.
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. She was selected by national team head coach, Tom Sermanni.
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