Christen Press

Christen Annemarie Press (born December 29, 1988) is an American soccer striker and FIFA Women's World Cup champion. She plays for Utah Royals FC in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States women's national soccer team. Press previously played for the Chicago Red Stars, Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC and Tyresö FF in the Damallsvenskan in Sweden and magicJack in the WPS.

Since earning her first cap for the senior national team in February 2013, Press has made more than 120 appearances and scored over 45 goals. She won a gold medal with the team at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada and again in 2019 at the World Cup in France.

Press was the recipient of the Hermann Trophy in 2010 and holds the all-time scoring and assists records at Stanford University. In 2011, she was named WPS Rookie of the Year. She was the Damallsvenskan's top scorer in 2013, with 23 goals scored for Tyresö FF, and became the first American to earn the Golden Boot award in the history of the Swedish League.

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Press with the USWNT in March 2019
Personal information
Full name Christen Annemarie Press[1]
Date of birth December 29, 1988 (age 30)
Place of birth Los Angeles, California, US
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Utah Royals FC
Number 23
Youth career
Slammers FC
2003–2007 Chadwick Dolphins
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Stanford Cardinal 98 (71)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Pali Blues 10 (4)
2011 magicJack 19 (8)
2012 Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC 21 (17)
2013–2014 Tyresö FF 26 (25)
2014–2017 Chicago Red Stars 68 (35)
2018 Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC 8 (4)
2018– Utah Royals FC 13 (3)
National team
2008 United States U20 0 (0)
2009–2010 United States U23 6 (4)
2013– United States 123 (49)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 27, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of July 7, 2019

Early life

Born in Los Angeles to Cody and Stacy Press, Christen was raised in the suburb of Palos Verdes along with her two sisters, Channing and Tyler.[2] Both of her parents played different sports: Cody was an American football player at Dartmouth and Stacy was a tennis player.[3][4] She began playing soccer at age five[5] and later attended Chadwick School for high school.[6][7]

As a two-year team captain and four-year starter of her high school's soccer team, Press led Chadwick to two Southern Section Division IV titles. She also lettered in track and tennis.[8] In 2006, she was named NSCAA High School All-American and Parade Magazine All-American. During her high school career, she scored 128 goals, including 38 her junior year alone (a school record). She was named Southern Section Division IV Offensive Player of the Year twice and was a four-time Prep League Offensive MVP.[8]

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.[8][9]

Stanford Cardinal, 2007–2010

Press is the all-time leading scorer for the Stanford Cardinal women's soccer team with 71 goals.[10] While playing for the Cardinal, she broke school records for career points[A] (183), assists (41), and shots (500); as well as single-season records for goals (26), shots (180), and game-winning goals (10).[8] She was Stanford's second Hermann Trophy winner and a two-time runner-up at the NCAA Women's College Cup.

As a freshman, Press started 18 games for Stanford. She led the team in assists (6) and ranked second in goals (8), points (22) and shots (60). One of her biggest highlights of the year came in the first round of the NCAA College Cup when she scored the fastest goal in team history in the 37th second of the match. She scored twice and also assisted on another goal in the team's 7–0 victory.[8] Press was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and earned first-team Freshman All-American honors.[11]

During her sophomore year, Press was one of only five players in the squad to start every game of the season. She scored 16 goals and had 11 assists, while her total of 43 points ranked second in school history. In the College Cup quarterfinal against the Portland Pilots, Press scored the lone goal of the match in the 86th minute to send 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.[8]

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.[8] Press also broke her previous record for fastest goal scored in Stanford history after scoring 23 seconds into a match against BYU.[8] In the College Cup, she scored the golden goal and had an assist in the Cardinal's 2–1 overtime win against the UCLA Bruins to send them into their first-ever cup final.[12] They went on to lose the final to the North Carolina Tar Heels, after Press's apparent game-tying goal in the 89th minute was ruled offside.[13] At the end of the season, Press was named to the All-Pac-10 first team and was a semi-finalist for the Hermann Trophy.[8][14]

In her senior year, Press was the recipient of the 2010 Hermann Trophy for being the nation's top college soccer player. This marked the second consecutive win for a Stanford player following Kelley O'Hara in 2009.[15][16] Press led the nation in both goals and points, while the club obtained a 23–1–2 record overall. Their only loss in 2010 came in the last match of the season in the College Cup final, which was Stanford's second consecutive runner-up finish.[17] Press was also named Soccer America Player of the Year,[18] Pac-10 Player of the Year, and earned All-Pac-10 first team and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) first-team All-American honors.[15][19] She displayed academic proficiency as well, receiving Academic All-America honors and winning the Pac-10's Scholar-Athlete of the Year for soccer.[15]

Stanford statistics


Club career

magicJack, 2011

MagicJack at midfield
Press (far right) with her magicJack teammates during a match against the Boston Breakers on August 6, 2011. From left to right: Sauerbrunn, Rampone, Dalmy, Huffman, Wambach, Boxx, Press

Press was drafted to the Washington Freedom as the fourth overall pick in the 2011 WPS Draft.[20][21] 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 victory over the Atlanta Beat in May. 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."[22] During a 4–0 win against the Boston Breakers in July, Press scored her first hat trick in a professional match.[23][24] After losing in the semifinal of the playoffs, she was awarded the U.S. Soccer Federation's Rookie of the Year award in part for being the first-ever rookie to have a hat trick.[25] Press finished the season having started in 16 of the 19 games in which she appeared for magicJack.[26] Her eight goals ranked third in the league.[27] During the offseason, Press signed with the Atlanta Beat; however, the league suspended operations before the season began.[28][29]

Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, 2012

After Women's Professional Soccer folded in early 2012, Press signed a new professional contract with Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC in the Damallsvenskan, the top division league in Sweden.[30] Her first game with Göteborg was a 2012–13 UEFA Women's Champions League quarterfinal match against Arsenal that ended in a 3–0 loss.[31]

During her regular season debut with Göteborg on April 10 against Djurgården, she scored two goals (a brace), with her first goal coming in the fifth minute of the match.[32] Later in the month, she scored another brace, this time with the goals scored five minutes apart in the team's 6–0 victory over KIF Örebro.[33] In August, Press recorded her third brace, this time scoring two minutes apart as Göteborg defeated Umeå 5–0.[34] Press ended the year as the second-highest scorer in the Damallsvenskan with 17 league goals, behind only Anja Mittag, and scored a total of 25 in all competitions.[35]

During the quarterfinals of the Swedish Cup, Press scored two goals in a 3–0 victory over Kristianstad.[36] In the semifinals, her thirteenth-minute goal helped Göteborg defeat LdB Malmö 2–1 and progress to the championship final.[37] Göteborg won the championship over Tyresö FF by a score of 2–1 after extra time, with Press involved in both goals. She scored in the ninth minute of the game and then drew a penalty in the added time, which Marlene Sjöberg converted to secure the cup.[38][39]

Tyresö FF, 2013–2014

Christen Press Supercupen 2013
Press playing for Tyresö FF at the Svenska Supercupen, 2013

In early 2013, Press signed with Damallsvenskan champions, Tyresö FF, in Stockholm.[40] For the second consecutive season, she scored a goal in her regular season debut.[41] Press scored four goals in a 10–2 win over Sunnanå SK.[42][43] During the team's next match, she scored two goals helping the team defeat Jitex BK 7–0.[44] On June 9, 2013, she scored a hat trick during the squad's 5–1 win over Kristianstads DFF.[45] After following up with a pair of goals scored in each of Tyresö's next two matches, Press scored her second and third hat tricks of the season, the second in a 5–0 win over Jitex IK on August 24,[46] and the following in an eventual 8–0 win against Sunnanå IF.[47] During the team's last match of the regular season, Press scored twice against her former team, Göteborg FC, helping Tyresö win 4–1.[48]

Press finished the season as the top scorer in the league with 23 goals, becoming the first American to do so in the history of the Damallsvenskan.[49] 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.[49] In October, Press scored Tyresö's only two goals during the 2013–14 UEFA Women's Champions League's Round of 32 match, securing a 2–1 aggregate win over French side Paris Saint-Germain Féminines, and sending her team to the Round of 16.[50] In 2013, she scored three times in the Svenska Cupen and nine times in the 2013–14 UEFA Women's Champions League competitions, for a total goal tally of 37.[51] Her nine goals scored in the Champions League helped lift the team to the 2014 UEFA Women's Champions League Final where they lost 4–3 to VfL Wolfsburg.[52]

Chicago Red Stars, 2014–2017

2015-05-02 ChristenPress
Christen Press warming up as a Red Star on May 2, 2015

In January 2014, the Chicago Red Stars announced that Press would be joining their roster for the 2014 season following the conclusion of her time with Tyresö in the 2013–14 Champions League.[53] After Press joined the team in late May (two months into the 2014 NWSL season), she scored a team-high of six goals while playing in only 12 matches and was awarded the team's Golden Boot.[54] During a match on July 4 against reigning champions Portland Thorns FC at Providence Park, she scored two goals in the last fifteen minutes to equalize the score, after being down 2–0 at halftime.[55] On August 16, she scored another brace with goals in the 17th and 60th minutes helping Chicago draw 3–3 against Western New York Flash.[56] Chicago finished fifth during the regular season with a 9–7–8 record.[57] Press was named to the league's second XI team by players, coaches, and media.[58]

Press returned to the Chicago Red Stars for the 2015 season. During the team's first home match against Seattle Reign FC, she scored a brace and assisted a goal scored by Jen Hoy, resulting in a 3–2 win.[59] She was subsequently named the league's NWSL Player of the Week for week two of the season.[60] On April 25, Press scored two early goals in a drawn match against Portland. At the end of April, having recorded four goals and one assist, Press was the league's goal leader and was named NWSL Player of the Month.[61] Press missed the next eight games due to her participation in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. After returning, she 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.[62]

During the 2016 season, Press was named captain and tallied eight goals in 14 games.[26] 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.[63]

Press captained the team for a second season in 2017.[64] She was the top scorer on the team with 11 goals[65] and the fourth highest scorer in the league.[26][66] Chicago finished in fourth place during the regular season with an 11–7–6 record, securing a berth to the playoffs.[66] The team was defeated by regular season winners North Carolina Courage 1–0 during the semi-finals.[67] Press was named to the NWSL Best XI at the end of the season.[68]

On January 18, 2018, Press was traded to the Houston Dash as part a three-team trade which also included Carli Lloyd and Samantha Kerr.[69] On March 10, the Dash were informed that Press would not be joining the club and had multiple offers abroad in Sweden.[70]

Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, 2018

In March 2018, Press signed a three-month contract with her former club Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, though the Dash still held her NWSL rights.[71][72] After scoring four goals in three games, Press was named Damallsvenskan Player of the Month for April.[73] In May, she scored a brace in the team's 3–1 win against IF Limhamn Bunkeflo.[74] On June 19, the team announced an agreement with NWSL expansion club, Utah Royals FC, to end her contract early so she could join the Royals for the remainder of the 2018 season.[75]

Utah Royals FC, 2018–present

On June 18, Utah Royals FC announced they had acquired the rights to Press in a trade that sent Brooke Elby and six draft picks to the Chicago Red Stars.[76] She made her debut on June 27 in a 0–0 draw against the Seattle Reign.[77] Press competed in 11 games during the 2018 season, and scored 2 goals.[78] The Royals finished in fifth place during their inaugural season[79] narrowly missing a berth to the NWSL Playoffs.[80]

Press had a strong start to the 2019 NWSL season. She assisted on Lo'eau LaBonta's goal in a 1–0 over the Washington Spirit in Utah's season opener. The following week, Press scored the only goal in 1–0 Royals victory over the Orlando Pride. Press was named to the NWSL Team of the Month for April.[81]

International career


As a member of the United States women's national soccer team player pool, Press was named to the squad for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, though she attended as an alternate, and did not make the final roster.[82] She earned her first cap for the national team on February 9 in a friendly against Scotland. After scoring the first two goals of the match playing as a right midfielder, she provided 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.[83][84][85] Four days later, she scored another goal during her second cap, helping the U.S. defeat Scotland 2–0. No other American woman has scored three goals in her first two games.[86]


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Press playing for the U.S. at Avaya Stadium, May 2015

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.[87] 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.[88] She earned two additional caps at the Algarve during the knockout stage match against Sweden led by former United States coach, Pia Sundhage, and started in the final against Germany.[89] 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 eight goals in 12 matches.

Christen Press in San Jose
Press in 2015


Press scored a career-high 11 goals (and ranked third-best on the national team) in 2014.[1] During a group stage match against Argentina at the 2014 International Tournament of Brasília, she scored four goals helping the U.S. win 7–0,[90] and qualify for the championship game.[m 1] Earlier in the year, she scored a goal against Russia in a friendly on February 8, 2014 and again on February 13, 2014.[m 2] She was selected by national team head coach Tom Sermanni to play at the 2014 Algarve Cup. In October, Press featured in the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship where the team won the tournament.[91]

2015: FIFA Women's World Cup

Press was named to the national team squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.[92] On June 8, she made her first tournament start against Australia and scored her first World Cup goal in the 61st minute.[93] She played in four of the team's seven games, starting two, helping the U.S. progress to the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Final.[94] The U.S. won the tournament after defeating Japan 5–2.[95][96]

2016: Summer Olympics

Press was selected as one of the 18 members of the Summer Olympics team.[97] After the team advanced to the knockout stages, they lost in the quarter finals to Sweden. After a 1–1 draw, they lost 4–3 on a penalty shootout with Press missing the team's decisive final kick.[98] Supporters on social media started the #DogsforChristen hashtag to cheer her up[99][100] and it became a trending worldwide topic on Twitter.[101] Press competed in all four of the team's matches and was a starting forward in the 2–2 draw against Colombia.[102]

Press was one of two U.S. Players to appear in all 25 games in 2016.[103] She finished 2016 with 12 goals, which was the third straight year she recorded double-figure goals and was her best goal-scoring record on the team.[104] She became the fifth player in team history to score double-figure goals for three consecutive years, joining Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach, Tiffeny Milbrett, and Carli Lloyd in the team record books.[1]

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Press with the national team in 2017.


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Press playing for the national team in 2017.

In 2017 Press once again appeared in every game for the United States and was one of only three players to do so.[105][1] She scored the only goal in a 1–0 win over Norway in a June friendly. At the 2017 Tournament of Nations held in three different venues in California and Washington, Press scored a goal in the 80th minute against Brazil to lift the U.S. score deficit to 3–2. Five minutes later, she provided the assist to Megan Rapinoe's equalizer. With an additional goal from Julie Ertz, the team turned the game around for a 4–3 win.[106] She finished 2017 with three goals and three assists.[1]


Press was named to the roster for the 2018 SheBelieves Cup in February.[107] The U.S. won the tournament for the second time.[108] After she was traded against her wishes to the Houston Dash, Press declined to join the team and was reportedly considering multiple offers from Swedish clubs.[109][110] She was subsequently left off the U.S roster for a set of friendlies against Mexico in April 2018, with head coach Jill Ellis stating: "We've had several conversations and [Press] understands our expectations are that a consistent training and match environment for a professional is an important factor for selection into women's national team rosters...I am certain that once Christen transitions to a new team, she will embrace being back on the pitch and will help her team be successful."[111]

After signing with Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC at the end of March, Press was called up to the next U.S. camp in June for a set of friendlies against China.[112] On June 12, Press became the 37th female player in U.S history to play in 100 games for the US Women's National Team. She had two assists in the game as the U.S. won 2–1.[113] On August 31, Press was honored for her 100th cap during a friendly against Chile in her hometown of Los Angeles and captained the team. She scored a goal in the 59th minute and the U.S. won 3–0.[114]

In September, Press was named to the 20-player squad for the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship.[115] She recorded a goal and two assists in a 5–0 victory over Panama in the group stage.[116] The U.S. won their second consecutive CONCACAF Championship and earned a berth to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France.[117][118]


In January 2019, Press scored the only goal in a 1–0 victory over Spain in a friendly in Alicante.[119] At the 2019 SheBelieves Cup she assisted on Alex Morgan's goal, one minute after entering the game.[120] A month later in a friendly against Belgium, Press recorded 3 assists in a 6–0 victory.[121]

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

On May 2, 2019 Press was named to the final 23–player roster for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup—this was her second time to play for the Cup.[122]

Press appeared in all three group stage games and started and played the full 90 minutes in the second group match against Chile. She was a second half substitute in both the Round of 16 and the quarter-final matches. Press started the semi-final match against England and scored a goal in the 10th minute, to put the USA ahead 1-0, the United States would go on to win 2-1, advancing to their third straight World Cup Final. [123] Press appeared in the World Cup Final as a second half substitute replacing Megan Rapinoe. She was one of four U.S players to play in all seven World Cup games.[124] The United States defeated the Netherlands 2-0 in the Final, to win their second consecutive World Cup. This was Press' second World Cup win.

Career statistics


As of match played April 27, 2019
Club Season League Playoffs Cup UEFA Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Pali Blues 2010 10 4 10 4
magicJack 2011[51] 17 8 2 0 19 8
Göteborg FC 2012[51] 21 17 6 5 6 3 33 25
Tyresö FF 2013[51] 20 23 3 3 9 9 32 35
2014[51] 6 2 0 0 0 0 6 2
Total 74 54 3 3 9 9 100 74
Chicago Red Stars 2014[125] 12 6 0 0 12 6
2015[125] 11 10 1 0 12 10
2016[125] 14 8 1 1 15 9
2017[125] 23 11 1 0 24 11
Total 60 35 3 1 63 36
Göteborg FC 2018[51] 8 4 0 0 0 0 8 4
Utah Royals FC 2018[51] 11 2 0 0 11 2
2019[51] 2 1 0 0 2 1
Career total 155 96 5 1 9 8 15 12 184 117

International summary

Updated through July 7, 2019[126][127][128][129][130]

International goals

Honors and awards




In popular culture

Media and endorsements

Press has appeared in several advertisements and promotional pieces for Nike.[149][150] In 2014, she was featured in a promo for Wheaties.[151] In May 2015, she starred in television commercials for Coppertone.[152][153] She became a brand ambassador for nutritional product manufacturer Genesis Today in February 2016.[154] In January 2018, she partnered with Hydrive Energy Water.[155][156] She has appeared in videos for animal rights organization PETA.[157]

Press' likeness appeared on The Simpsons along with teammates Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach in May 2015.[158] The same year, she starred in the short film, An Equal Playing Field.[159][160] She has been featured in a number of magazines including Self,[161] Howler,[162] Shape,[163] Darling Magazine[164] and Glamour.[165] In 2015, she was featured on the covers of Sports Illustrated and Yoga Digest.[166][167] In 2016, Press posed nude for the ESPN's annual The Body Issue magazine.[168]

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.[169] In October 2015, she was announced as a host for FOX Sports' @The Buzzer[170] and led a Chicago Cubs crowd in singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" along with teammates Julie Ertz and Lori Chalupny.[171]

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.[172] Each player received a key to the city from Mayor Bill de Blasio.[173] In October of the same year, the team was honored by President Barack Obama at the White House.[174]

See also


  1. ^ Points: (2 * goals) + (assists).


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Further reading

  • Grainey, Timothy (2012), Beyond Bend It Like Beckham: The Global Phenomenon of Women's Soccer, University of Nebraska Press, ISBN 0803240368
  • Lisi, Clemente A. (2010), The U.S. Women's Soccer Team: An American Success Story, Scarecrow Press, ISBN 0810874164
  • Nash, Tim (2016), It's Not the Glory: The Remarkable First Thirty Years of U.S. Women's Soccer, Lulu Press, Inc, ISBN 1483451526
  • Stevens, Dakota (2011), A Look at the Women's Professional Soccer Including the Soccer Associations, Teams, Players, Awards, and More, BiblioBazaar, ISBN 1241047464

External links

2014 Chicago Red Stars season

The 2014 Chicago Red Stars season is the sixth season of the soccer club and its second season in National Women's Soccer League.

2015 Chicago Red Stars season

The 2015 Chicago Red Stars season is the seventh season of the soccer club and its third season in National Women's Soccer League. For the first time in NWSL the Red Stars advanced to the playoffs by finishing second in regular season. In addition, the team held the first place for ten consecutive weeks, from week 4 to week 13. However, the club could not reach the NWSL championship, as in the playoffs semi-final the Red Stars lost to the reigning Champion FC Kansas City, by a score of 0–3. It was the club's final season playing home games at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex.

2016 Chicago Red Stars season

The 2016 Chicago Red Stars season was the eighth season of the soccer club and its fourth season in National Women's Soccer League.

After a banner 2015 season, the team expected to do well again. The club ended the regular season at third place, and played the play-off semi-final at Boyds, Maryland against Washington Spirit on September 30, falling 2–1 and did not reach the championship match.This season the Red Stars returned to Toyota Park for its home games, where it last played on a regular basis during its 2010 season in Women's Professional Soccer league. In 2016 season, the Red Stars honored the retirements of several long time members; Michelle Lomnicki, Julianne Sitch, Jackie Santacaterina, and Lori Chalupny. The jersey number 17 worn by Chalupny, a 3-year captain, an Olympic gold medalist and a FIFA world champion was retired in honor of her accomplishments.After the season, National team coach Jill Ellis called up 5 Red Stars, Christen Press, Alyssa Naeher, Arin Gilliland, Casey Short and Danielle Colaprico to national team training camp. On October 7, NWSL announced the voting results of NWSL Best XI and NWSL Second XI; while Press and Gilliland were named to Best XI; 5 Red Stars, Naeher, Julie Johnston, Short, Colaprico and Vanessa DiBernardo were named to NWSL Second XI.In the off-season 8 Red Stars, the highest number in team history, went to play in Australia on loan to W-League sides; Samantha Johnson to Melbourne Victory;

Jen Hoy and Arin Gilliland to Newcastle Jets;

Alyssa Mautz and Vannesa DiBernardo to Perth Glory;

and Katie Naughton, Danielle Colaprico and Sofia Huerta to Adelaide United.

Chicago Red Stars loaned the largest number of players to W-League, 4 more than any other NWSL club.

2016 National Women's Soccer League season

The 2016 National Women's Soccer League season was the fourth season of the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. Including the NWSL's two professional predecessors, Women's Professional Soccer (2009–2011) and the Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003), it was the tenth overall season of FIFA and USSF-sanctioned top division women's soccer in the United States. The league is operated by the United States Soccer Federation and receives major financial backing from that body. Further financial backing is expected to be provided by the Canadian Soccer Association. Both national federations pay the league salaries of many of their respective national team members in an effort to nurture talent in those nations.

To accommodate the 2016 Olympics the league suspended play for most of the month of August. In addition, the league did not schedule games during FIFA windows, leaving the 20-game, 19-week regular season ending in late September for the second year in a row.

2017 Chicago Red Stars season

The 2017 Chicago Red Stars season was the team's ninth season. The team competed in the National Women's Soccer League, the top tier of women's soccer in the United States. In 2017, for the third consecutive season, the Red Stars made it to the post-season playoffs and was eliminated in the semi-final.

2017 National Women's Soccer League season

The 2017 National Women's Soccer League season was the fifth season of the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. Including the NWSL's two professional predecessors, Women's Professional Soccer (2009–2011) and the Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003), it was the eleventh overall season of FIFA- and USSF-sanctioned top-division women's soccer in the United States. The league is operated by the United States Soccer Federation and receives major financial backing from that body. Further financial backing is provided by the Canadian Soccer Association; both national federations pay the league salaries of many of their respective national team members in an effort to nurture talent in those nations.

The reigning champions Western New York Flash did not play under that name; the franchise was sold, relocated to Cary, North Carolina and rebranded as the North Carolina Courage.After schedule disruptions in the previous two years caused by the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, NWSL teams in 2017 once again played 24 games, a schedule last played during the 2014 season. The Courage won the NWSL Shield (the regular season), topping the Portland Thorns by two points.

The NWSL Playoff semifinals were held October 7–8, 2017, and were won by the Thorns and the Courage. The NWSL Championship Game was held on October 14, 2017 at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The Thorns won 1–0, becoming NWSL Champions, their second championship.

2018 Houston Dash season

The 2018 Houston Dash season is the team's fifth season as an American professional women's soccer team in the National Women's Soccer League. Before the start of the 2018 season Vera Pauw was appointed as head coach.

2018 NWSL College Draft

The 2018 NWSL College Draft was held on January 18, 2018 at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2018 Utah Royals FC season

The 2018 Utah Royals FC season marks the team's first year of existence and its inaugural season in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the top division of the American soccer pyramid.

2019 Utah Royals FC season

The 2019 Utah Royals FC season marks the team's second year of existence and its second season in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the top division of the American soccer pyramid.In an effort to improve on the team's 5th place finish in 2018, the Royals signed former Spanish international and Spain's all-time leading scorer Vero Boquete for the 2019 season.Utah encountered numerous injury problems to start the season as both Brittany Ratcliffe and Taylor Lytle suffered season ending injuries before the season began. Canadian international Diana Matheson suffered a toe injury with the Canadian National Team which would require surgery, this injury would also force her to miss the World Cup. To help deal with these absences, Utah claimed Mallory Weber of waivers from the Portland Thorns.Six members of the Royals would miss games due to their participation at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O'Hara and Christen Press for the United States, Desiree Scott for Canada, Katie Bowen for New Zealand and Rachel Corsie for Scotland. The Royals would lose another player at the end of June as defender Samantha Johnson announced her retirement from professional soccer.

An Equal Playing Field

An Equal Playing Field is a 2015 sports documentary about American soccer player Christen Press and the challenges of being a women's soccer player.In 2016, it was shown at the Women's Sports Film Festival in Oakland, California.

Chicago Red Stars

The Chicago Red Stars is a women's professional soccer club based in Chicago, Illinois, who compete in the National Women's Soccer League and play their home games in SeatGeek Stadium. The team was a founding member of Women's Professional Soccer, and played in the league in 2009 and 2010. After leaving the WPS in December 2010, due to financial issues, the team reorganized and joined the Women's Premier Soccer League for the 2011 season. In 2012, the team co-founded and competed in Women's Premier Soccer League Elite, the single year this league existed. In the fall of 2012 the Red Stars with the Boston Breakers and US Soccer, attracted 6 other teams and founded the National Womens Soccer League. Since 2013 the team has been competing in the National Women's Soccer League. From 2016-2019 the Chicago Red Stars have made the playoffs of the NWSL and are the first and only team to do so for four consecutive years.


The Damallsvenskan, also known as OBOS Damallsvenskan for sponsorship reasons, Swedish for ladies all-Swedish, is the highest division of women's football in Sweden. It is also referred to as the women's Allsvenskan, this term being used alone to refer to the men's division.The division consists of a league of 12 teams. From 2013, the Damallsvenskan began operating on a system of promotion and relegation with the Elitettan. The two lowest placed teams are relegated to the Elitettan, and the two highest placed teams from the Elitettan are promoted in their place.

The first Swedish women's national championship was played in 1973. Since its inception, the Damallsvenskan has featured star players like Marta, Daniela, Nadine Angerer, Lisa De Vanna, Hope Solo, Christen Press, and Hanna Ljungberg.

The top two teams in the Damallsvenskan qualify for the UEFA Women's Champions League.

Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC

Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC (sponsored by Kopparbergs brewery) is an association football club from Gothenburg, Sweden. The club was established in 1970 under the name Landvetters IF. In 2004 the team moved from Landvetter, a Gothenburg suburb, into Gothenburg city and changed its name accordingly. The team has played nine seasons in the Women's Premier Division (Damallsvenskan), but has not yet won a championship gold medal.Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC play their home games at Valhalla IP stadium in Gothenburg. The team colours are blue, white and black.

Veteran Bo Falk was the coach of the team from 1999 until 2004. From 2005 until 2007, the coach was Martin Pringle. He was replaced by Torbjörn Nilsson for the 2008 season.

Among the club's recent stars are Sweden internationals Jessica Landström, twins Kristin and Marie Hammarström, Jane Törnqvist, Johanna Almgren, and U.S. international Yael Averbuch. Other notable players who have represented the club in the past include Americans Hope Solo and Christen Press and Sweden's Lotta Schelin and Kristin Bengtsson.

In the 2010 Damallsvenskan season, the team finished as runners-up and qualified for the 2011–12 UEFA Women's Champions League qualifying round. In 2011 they won the Swedish Cup on a penalty shootout over Tyresö and they retained the trophy in 2012, beating Tyresö in the final again.

NWSL Goal of the Week

The National Women's Soccer League Goal of the Week is a weekly soccer award given to individual players in the National Women's Soccer League since 2016. The honor is awarded by popular social media vote to the player deemed to have scored the best goal over the past week.

NWSL Player Allocation

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Player Allocation distributed the national team players that would be paid for by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), and the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) to the eight founding teams of the NWSL. The initial allocation list was announced on January 9, 2013, with the results for the 55 national team players announced two days later. From tweets concerning the first trade in the league between Seattle and Chicago, the allocations looked to be effective for at least the first two NWSL seasons, though this was later shown to be not true as Keelin Winters, who was involved in said trade, was signed as a free agent in the 2013-14 offseason. The 2014 Allocation was reduced to 50 players, Mexico dropping eight slots and the United States adding three. Since 2016, Mexico has not allocated players to the NWSL.

NWSL Team of the Month

The National Women's Soccer League Team of the Month is a monthly soccer award given to individual players in the National Women's Soccer League. NWSL Media Association, composed of journalists who regularly cover the league, selected a Best XI of players who were deemed to have put in the best performances over the past month. This award began in 2017.

NWSL awards

The National Women's Soccer League hands out a number of annual awards. Six were awarded for the inaugural season in 2013, including: Golden Boot, Most Valuable Player, Defender of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Coach of the Year. The awards are voted on by media (25%), coaches/owners (25%), and players (50%).

In addition, NWSL Best XI and NWSL Second XI teams are named and voted on by journalists, club officials and NWSL players. Voters for the Best XI named selections for four defenders and a combination of six midfielders and forwards; with a minimum of one and maximum of three forwards. The Goalkeeper of the Year is automatically named to the Best XI. The NWSL Second XI team is composed of the subsequent vote recipient leaders at each position who did not make the Best XI.

Stanford Cardinal women's soccer

The Stanford Cardinal women's soccer team represent Stanford University in the Pac-12 Conference of NCAA Division I soccer. Home games are played at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium, located on the university's campus in Palo Alto. Paul Ratcliffe has coached the Cardinal since 2002, winning Pac-12 Coach of the Year seven times. During his tenure as head coach, the team won the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament, six Pac-12 titles, played in six College Cup tournaments, and reached three NCAA Division I finals.

Year Apps Starts Gls Asts
2007 21 18 8 6
2008 25 25 16 11
2009 26 26 21 16
2010 26 26 26 8
Totals 98 95 71 41
Year Apps Starts Min Gls Asts Goals per 90 min.
2013 12 5 554 8 2 1.3
2014 23 14 1322 11 5 0.8
2015 20 13 1169 10 4 0.7
2016 25 9 1122 12 5 0.96
2017 16 8 741 3 3 0.36
2018 10 4 442 2 4 0.41
2019 16 4 725 3 7 0.37
Totals 123 58 6030 49 30 0.70
Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)
Location Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred
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

off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
(c) – captain
Sorted by minutes played

# NumberOfGoals.goalNumber scored by the player in the match (alternate notation to Goal in match)
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 colorexhibition or closed door international friendly match
Light-yellow background color – match at an invitational tournament
Light-orange background color – Olympic women's football qualification match
Light-blue background color – FIFA women's world cup qualification match
Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament

NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player

Date Location Opponent Lineup # Min Assist/pass Score Result Competition
1 2013-02-09[m 3] Jacksonville  Scotland

off 72' (on Mewis)

2.1 13 unassisted



2 2.2 32 Tobin Heath


3 2013-02-13[m 4] Nashville  Scotland

on 61' (off Wambach)

1.1 63 Shannon Boxx



4 2013-03-08[m 5] Albufeira  China PR

off 74' (on Horan)

1.1 64 Alex Morgan



Algarve Cup: Group B
5 2013-04-09[m 6] The Hague  Netherlands Start 2.1 45 Sydney Leroux



6 2.2 60 Heather O'Reilly


7 2013-10-20[m 7] San Antonio  Australia

on 57' (off Leroux)

1.1 90+1 Heather O'Reilly



8 2013-10-27[m 8] San Francisco  New Zealand Start 1.1 41 unassisted



9 2014-02-08[m 2] Boca Raton  Russia

off 60' (on Rodriguez)

2.1 51 Carli Lloyd



10 2.2 59 Ali Krieger


11 2014-02-13[m 9] Atlanta  Russia

on 81' (off Wambach)

1.1 86 Megan Rapinoe



12 2014-03-10[m 10] Parchal  Denmark start 1.1 51 Heather O'Reilly



Algarve Cup: Group B
13 2014-08-20[m 11] Cary   Switzerland start 1.1 77 unassisted



14 2014-10-20[m 12] Washington  Haiti Start 1.1 65 unassisted



2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship
15 2014-10-24[m 13] Chester  Mexico Start 1.1 56 Sydney Leroux



2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship
16 2014-12-18[m 1] Brasilia  Argentina Start 4.1 7 Morgan Brian



Tournament of Brasília
17 4.2 23 Abby Wambach


18 4.3 41 Ali Krieger


19 4.4 78 Megan Rapinoe


20 2015-03-11[m 14] Faro  France

off 75' (on Leroux)

1.1 41 Amy Rodriguez



Algarve Cup: Final
21 2015-06-08[m 15] Winnipeg  Australia

off 68' (on Heath)

1.1 61 Sydney Leroux



World Cup: Group D
22 2015-08-16[m 16] Pittsburgh  Costa Rica Start 3.1 29 unassisted



23 3.2 45 Shannon Boxx


24 3.3 68 Heather O'Reilly


25 2015-09-17[m 17] Detroit  Haiti

off 63' (on O'Reilly)

1.1 33 Crystal Dunn



26 2015-12-10[m 18] San Antonio  Trinidad and Tobago

on 60' (off Morgan)

3.1 61 Carli Lloyd



27 3.2 75 Ali Krieger


28 3.3 84 Lindsey Horan


29 2015-12-13[m 19] Glendale  China PR

on 79' (off Morgan)

1.1 81 unassisted



30 2016-02-10[m 20] Frisco  Costa Rica

on 74' (off Johnston)

1.1 83 Tobin Heath



Olympic Qualifier: Group A
31 2016-02-15[m 21] Frisco  Puerto Rico

off 74' (on Brian)

1.1 62 unassisted



Olympic Qualifier: Group A
32 2016-04-06[m 22] East Hartford  Colombia

on 46' (off Pugh)

1.1 74 Crystal Dunn



33 2016-04-10[m 23] Chester  Colombia Start 1.1 29 Lindsey Horan



34 2016-07-23[m 24] Kansas City  Costa Rica

on 63' (off Morgan)

1.1 79 Allie Long



35 2016-09-15[m 25] Columbus  Thailand

off 46' (on Morgan)

1.1 4 Carli Lloyd



36 2016-10-19[m 26] Sandy   Switzerland

on 46' (off Sonnett)

1.1 69 Kelley O'Hara



37 2016-10-23[m 27] Minneapolis   Switzerland

on 46' (off O'Hara)

1.1 53 Andi Sullivan



38 2016-11-10[m 28] San Jose  Romania

off 45' (on Morgan)

3.1 8 Crystal Dunn



39 3.2 35 unassisted


40 3.3 38 Morgan Brian


41 2016-11-13[m 29] Carson  Romania Start 1.1 55 Tobin Heath



42 2017-06-11[m 30] Sandefjord  Norway Start 1.1 60 Becky Sauerbrunn 1–0 1–0 Friendly
43 2017-07-31[m 31] San Diego  Brazil

on 57' (off Morgan)

1.1 80 Megan Rapinoe



2017 Tournament of Nations
44 2017-10-22[m 32] Cary  South Korea

off 45' (on Rapinoe)

1.1 35 Alex Morgan 3–0 6–0 Friendly
45 2018-08-31[m 33] Carson  Chile Start 1.1 59 Mal Pugh 3–0 3–0 Friendly
46 2018-10-07 [m 34] Cary  Panama Start 1.1 32 Abby Dahlkemper 4–0 5–0 2018 CONCACAF Championship
47 2019-01-22 [m 35] Alicante  Spain

on 46' (off Rapinoe)

1.1 54 Rose Lavelle 1–0 1–0 Friendly
48 2019-05-26 [m 36] Harrison  Mexico

on 46' (off Rapinoe)

1.1 88 Julie Ertz 3–0 3–0 Friendly
49 2019-07-02 [m 37] Lyon  England Start 1.1 10 Kelley O'Hara 1–0 2–1 2019 World Cup: Semi-final
Utah Royals FC – current squad
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