Earlier Thursday, a star player from the United States Women’s National Team announced she’s stepping away from the game.
Christen Press took to social media earlier today to announce that she’s taking a “couple of months” away from the game. The decision, she said, came in order to spend more time focusing on her mental health.
“I’ve been a professional player for 10 years,” she said in the post. “And I’m very proud of the fact that I’ve been available for nearly every professional match for both club and country. And yet, that has come with a focus, intensity, and prioritization that has left little room for much else.”
“I’ve made the difficult decision to take a couple of months away from the game to focus on my mental health, spiritual growth, and processing grief,” she continued. “I’m sad to miss the upcoming games and seeing all of our wonderful fans. I believe I will come back stronger than ever. Thanks for all your support on my journey.”
Press has dominated at every level of the game, including in college. She starred for the Stanford soccer team. She still holds the all-time scoring and assists marks for the program.
The 32-year-old forward has been a massive part of the USWNT’s success over the years. She is ninth all-time in goals scored for the USWNT with 64. Her latest goal came against New Zealand at the Olympics earlier this summer.
We wish Christen the best as she takes some time away from the game.
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