Six years later, Christen Press heads back to Gothenberg

Christen Press, 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.
3 comments about "Six years later, Christen Press heads back to Gothenberg".
  1. Nick Gabris, March 27, 2018 at 12:09 p.m.

    Good for her. Not appreciated by J. Ellis, not one of her favorites. Ellis is the one that should go overseas!

  2. uffe gustafsson, March 27, 2018 at 6:47 p.m.

    Well that’s a turn of events.
    im certain she will do just fine in Sweden and maybe she start up her blog again.
    not sure why she is dropped from US squad that don’t seem like a good idea she is a great player.
    is politics involved?

  3. John DiFiore, March 27, 2018 at 9:09 p.m.

    So she's being punished by USSF for not wanting to go to Houston... hmmm  Is SUM involved?

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