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June 18, 2022 — Can’t catch a break

Christen Press is a member of the U.S. women’s national soccer team pool. A two-time World Cup winner and Olympic bronze medalist, she has scored some of the most ridiculous goals I have ever seen, even on the level of a Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Her touch, improvisation, and talent have put her in the running for international duty.

But in the last week, Press suffered a tear to her anterior cruciate ligament, which has ruled her out for this summer’s CONCACAF W Tournament, the competition that serves as qualification for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2024 Olympics.

The kicker for this story for me is the fact that, when asked by reporters about the public release of the player pool for an upcoming series of friendlies against Colombia in preparation for the team’s July 4 opener in the W Tournament, head coach Vlatko Andonovsky said that Press would not have been up for selection in the side even when healthy.

Given the kinds of brilliant goals she has scored in the past, plus her speed, savvy, and competitive ability, I’m a little heartbroken for her. She’s an amazing player whose goals have put supporters on their feet and has sent some commentators into outrageous fits in the booth.

I, for one, hope this veteran can get back to health in time for the next series of major competitions. She would be a tremendous asset.