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2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship

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First Cap, First Goal: Christen Press

On Feb. 9, 2013, the U.S. Women’s National Team kicked off the new year with a 4-1 victory against Scotland in Jacksonville, Florida. Christen Press, then 24-years-old, was responsible for two goals that day, scoring in the 13th minute and adding another in the 32nd to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead at halftime.

The early goal was Press’ first for the USA, coming in a match that was also her first cap.


Becky Sauerbrunn hugs Christen Press in the aftermath of Press scoring on her WNT debut. 

Earning that first cap is special for any player, but a debut and a goal in the same game? That’s a rare feat. In the 30+ year history of the U.S. WNT  21 players have scored in their first caps.

NOTHING TO LOSE

Press’ path to that first game three years ago was an interesting one.  In early 2012, she made the decision to move to Sweden after U.S.-based Women’s Professional Soccer folded. Press thought leaving the country might negatively impact her hopeful National Team career, but little did she know, it was only just beginning.

“I think just because I always thought that the National Teams would be watching the American league, I thought that going abroad was kind of like saying goodbye to my dream of playing for the National Team,” recalled Press. “I left around this time, in February, and I thought I would not get a call, I sort of thought that I would fall out of U.S. Soccer’s radar.”

As it turns out, head coach Pia Sundhage kept tabs on players in Europe, especially in her native land of Sweden. Press got off to a hot start with her new club, and it wasn’t long before she was on her way back home.

Press returned to the U.S. and joined the WNT in Florida in April during the final stretch of what had been an intense fitness camp. She kept to herself and tried to quickly learn as much as possible despite only being there for five days.

“I had nothing to lose,” she said. “It was my first camp, it was warm and I was so happy. I don’t think I spoke to anybody. I was not nervous, I was just happy to be in Florida and my dream was coming true. I’m always quiet when I don’t know my surroundings, so I just kept to myself trying to learn the rules, how to behave; it was all so quick.”

That short stint turned out to be the only one for Press before she was named an Olympic alternate in 2012. The following February, Tom Sermanni took over as WNT head coach, and it was then Press learned she would start against Scotland. Her chance had arrived.

“I went on the field, the crowd was so much bigger than I’d ever played in front of, and for me it was so much bigger than life,” said Press. “But I kept telling myself, ‘I’m not nervous, I’m confident, I’m a good player and I believe in myself.’”

Years and multiple goals later, plus one Women’s World Cup title to her name, the dream is alive and well for Press.

Christen Press
Press celebrates scoring her first World Cup goal against Australia in the USA's opening match of the 2015 Women's World Cup

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Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
2-0 W BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas 10,119 Horan, Heath
5-0 W BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas 5,561 Heath, Morgan(3), Lloyd
10-0 W Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas 7,658 Dunn(5), Lloyd, O'Hara, Rivera(og), Press, S. Mewis
1-0 W Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas 15,032 Lloyd
5-0 W Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas 8,143 Morgan(2), Lloyd, Dunn, Press

2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship

PLAYER POS. HT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE CAPS/G
M 5-7 St. Simons Island, Ga. Houston Dash 63/6
F 5-1 Rockville Centre, N.Y. Chelsea FC 55/22
GK 5-9 Satellite Beach, Fla. Orlando Pride 14/0
F 5-6 Basking Ridge, N.J. Portland Thorns FC 132/18
D 5-4 Denver, Colo. Western New York Flash 8/0
M 5-9 Golden, Colo. Portland Thorns FC 41/4
M 5-7 Mesa, Ariz. Chicago Red Stars 55/13
D 5-2 Gibsonia, Pa. Portland Thorns FC 70/3
D 5-6 Dumfries, Va. Orlando Pride 98/1
M 5-8 Delran, N.J. Houston Dash 244/97
F 5-6 Winchester, Mass. Boston Breakers 6/1
M 6-0 Hanson, Mass. NC Courage 32/7
F 5-7 Diamond Bar, Calif. Orlando Pride 132/78
GK 5-9 Stratford, Conn. Chicago Red Stars 21/0
D 5-5 Fayetteville, Ga. Sky Blue FC 102/2
F 5-7 Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. Chicago Red Stars 94/44
F 5-5 Highlands Ranch, Colo. Washington Spirit 28/6
D 5-7 St. Louis, Mo. FC Kansas City 133/0
GK 5-9 Richland, Wash. Seattle Reign FC 202/0
D 5-7 Marietta, Ga. Portland Thorns FC 12/0

2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship

Morgan Brian

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
St. Simons Island, Ga.

Club:
Houston Dash

Crystal Dunn

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-1

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Rockville Centre, N.Y.

Club:
Chelsea FC

Ashlyn Harris

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Satellite Beach, Fla.

Club:
Orlando Pride

Tobin Heath

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Basking Ridge, N.J.

Club:
Portland Thorns FC

Jaelene Hinkle

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Denver, Colo.

Club:
Western New York Flash

Lindsey Horan

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Golden, Colo.

Club:
Portland Thorns FC

Julie Ertz

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Mesa, Ariz.

Club:
Chicago Red Stars

Meghan Klingenberg

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-2

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Gibsonia, Pa.

Club:
Portland Thorns FC

Ali Krieger

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Dumfries, Va.

Club:
Orlando Pride

Carli Lloyd

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Delran, N.J.

Club:
Houston Dash

Stephanie McCaffrey

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Winchester, Mass.

Club:
Boston Breakers

Samantha Mewis

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
6-0

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Hanson, Mass.

Club:
NC Courage

Alex Morgan

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Diamond Bar, Calif.

Club:
Orlando Pride

Alyssa Naeher

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Stratford, Conn.

Club:
Chicago Red Stars

Kelley O'Hara

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Fayetteville, Ga.

Club:
Sky Blue FC

Christen Press

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.

Club:
Chicago Red Stars

Mallory Pugh

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Club:
Washington Spirit

Becky Sauerbrunn

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
St. Louis, Mo.

Club:
FC Kansas City

Hope Solo

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Richland, Wash.

Club:
Seattle Reign FC

Emily Sonnett

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Marietta, Ga.

Club:
Portland Thorns FC

Group A

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
 United States 3
3
0 0 16 0 16 9
 Costa Rica 3 1 0 11 6 5 6
 Mexico
3 1 2
0
7 3
4 3
Puerto Rico
3
0
3 0
0
25 -25 0

Group B

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Canada
3 3
0
0
21
0
+21
9
Trinidad & Tobago
3 2
1
0
7
8
-1
6
Guyana  3 1 2 0 3 11 -8 3
 Guatemala 3 0 3 0 2 14 -12 0

Group A

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
Feb. 10, 2016 Puerto Rico vs. Mexico
0-6 Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Feb. 10, 2016
United States vs. Costa Rica
5-0 Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Feb. 13, 2016
Costa Rica vs. Puerto Rico
9-0
Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Feb. 13, 2016
United States vs. Mexico
1-0
Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Feb. 15, 2016
Mexico vs. Costa Rica
1-2
Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
Feb. 15, 2016
Puerto Rico vs. United States
0-10
Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Group B

Date Match Time (ET)/Result
Venue
Feb. 11, 2016
Guatemala vs. Trinidad & Tobago
1-2
BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Feb. 11, 2016
Canada vs. Guyana
5-0
BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Feb. 14, 2016
Guyana vs. Guatemala
2-1
BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Feb. 14, 2016
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Canada
0-6
BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Feb. 16, 2016
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Guyana
5-1 BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Feb. 16, 2016
Canada vs. Guatemala
10-0
BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

Semifinals 

Date Match Time (ET)/Result
Venue
Feb. 19, 2016
Canada vs. Costa Rica 3-1 BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Feb. 19, 2016
United States vs. Trinidad & Tobago 5-0
BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

Final

Date Match Time (ET)/Result
Venue
Feb. 21, 2016
United States vs. Canada 2-0 W BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas

U.S. Women's National Team - 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship Stats

Record: 5-0-0 

Player

Pos

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Pts

Y/R

Brian, Morgan
M 5 4 377 0 3 3 0/0
Dunn, Crystal
F 5 3 236 6 1 13 0/0
Harris, Ashlyn
GK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
Heath, Tobin
M 4 4 360 2 1 5 1/0
Hinkle, Jaelene
D 3 1 120 0 0 0 0/0
Horan, Lindsey
M 4 4 320 1 1 3 0/0
Johnston, Julie
D 4 4 343 0 0 0 1/0
Klingenberg, Meghan
D 5 4 387 0 1 1 0/0
Krieger, Ali
D 3 3 231 0 0 0 0/0
Lloyd, Carli
M 5 5 380 4 2 10 0/0
McCaffrey, Staphanie
F 1 1 90 0 1 1 0/0
Mewis, Samantha
M 2 1 121 1 0 2 0/0
Morgan, Alex
F 5 4 379 5 1 11 0/0
Naeher, Alyssa
GK 1 1 90 0 0 0 0/0
O'Hara, Kelley
D 3 3 270 1 0 2 0/0
Press, Christen
F 5 1 186 2 1 5 0/0
Pugh, Mallory
F 5 3 252 0 3 3 1/0
Sauerbrunn, Becky
D 4 4 360 0 1 1 0/0
Solo, Hope
GK 4 4 360 0 0 0 0/0
Sonnett, Emily
D 2 1 91 0 0 0 0/0
Own Goal



1


Totals
5 5 450 23 16 62 3/0
Opponent Totals
5 5 450 0 0 0 5/0

2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Harris, Ashlyn
0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0-0-0
Naeher, Alyssa
1 1
90
10
0
1
0.00
1-0-0
Solo, Hope
4 4 360 13 0 4 0.00 4-0-0
Totals 5 5 450 23 0 5 0.00 5-0-0
Opponent Totals 5 5 450 0 23 0 4.60 0-5-0

Updated through Feb. 22, 2016

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