, unwilling to play in the NWSL for the Houston Dash, is headed back to Kopparbergs/Goteborg FC on a short-term deal in Sweden, where her career took off. Christen Press: The Pitch
The move came two months after a three-team trade
sent her from the Chicago Red Stars to Houston in a deal that
sent Carli Lloyd
to Sky Blue FC and 2017 NWSL MVP Sam Kerr
to Chicago. The Dash was unable to swing a second deal to a club of her wishes, forcing the move to Sweden, where she will join
two other Americans at Kopparbergs/Goteborg, Taylor Leach
and Savannah Levin
Press, who starred at Stanford, was the WPS Rookie of the Year for
magicJack in 2011, the league's final season. With no U.S. pro league on the horizon, she moved to Sweden, playing for Kopparbergs/Goteborg in 2012 and Tyreso in 2013-14. Her play led to her first
call-up to national team in 2013.
The short-term deal leaves open the possibility that Press will move to another NWSL in the summer -- the Dash holds her NWSL rights -- when the league's
transfer window re-opens. It could allow for her to move to a bigger club in France or England.
Another possibility would be Barcelona. The Spanish club is expected to operate an NWSL
team, beginning in 2019. The likely venue for Barca USA: Press' hometown of Los Angeles.
In the meantime, Press was dropped from the USA's squad
for two friendlies next week against Mexico.