Christen attended the 2016 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles, California. Pictures of Christen walking the red carpet have been added to the gallery. Enjoy!
Christen Press shows off why her body is perfect for soccer as she poses for ESPN The Magazine’s 2016 Body Issue.
1. Credit Pele for her skills. My mom never played soccer, but she would take me out to the field with drills from Pele’s soccer videos and try to show me how to kick the ball with proper technique. I was showing up an hour early to play with the older team, or to just dribble around or juggle. I was sitting on the sidelines while my sister was playing with the ball at my feet trying to do what they were doing. Growing up in the United States, you think playing soccer just means organized practice. We go, we play soccer, and then when Coach says that practice is over, we all go home. But in different countries, they just pick up a soccer ball and they play, and they don’t stop playing until they have to do something else.
2. She’s obsessive about target practice. You can ask anyone that I’ve ever played with or talked to, I’m an obsessive shooter. I go out and shoot all the time. I used to take 200 shots every single day — it’s something that I started with my mom. In the Pele videos I would watch, he used to line up 10 balls and shoot them in a row — so I did that exercise all the way through college. Thankfully, I always had help getting those balls back; I’d come out with my sisters and my mom and my dad and they would always help me shag balls. I can only remember a handful of times when they didn’t — and let me tell you, you spend probably an hour and a half to do it, and 65 minutes is spent shagging the balls. Just like everything else in life, it’s better to do it with company.
3. Her body “looks like soccer.” I’m 100 percent a byproduct of my sport. I always tell my teammates that I only have muscles where they get to play. I have butt muscles, thigh muscles, and then my upper body is super skinny — except for in my shoulders, which you need for a little bit of strength to hold other players off the ball. So I think I’ve developed muscles 100 percent from just shooting the ball and running. Every single thing about my body looks like soccer.
Earlier today, the USWNT played Japan at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The game was stopped in the 76th minute due to the weather. The USWNT defeated Japan 2-0.
Last night, the USWNT played Japan during an international friendly match at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado. The match ended in a 3-3 tie. View pictures from the match below.
The new 2016 USA Nike Vapor Kit with Aeroswift Technology for both the U.S. Men and Women’s National Teams was unveiled today in New York City. The new jerseys will be on display in this summer’s major competitions as the MNT hosts Copa America Centenario and the WNT defends its gold during the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
To pay tribute to the nation both inside and out, the jerseys are adorned with several patriotic flares throughout the material. The players will wear their hearts (and country) on their sleeve with “1 Nation” and “1 Team” exposed on the outside cuffs, while the inside displays a circular design with “We Can,” “We Will,” “We Are,” “1 Nation” and “1 Team” surrounding “USA” in the middle.
2016 USA Home Kit
The new home jersey displays U.S. Soccer’s new crest on a traditional white body with blue sleeves. A red stripe runs the length of the shirt and shorts, revealing flashes of white.
2016 USA Away Kit
The away jersey will feature a black body, complemented with a blue sleeve on the right and a red sleeve on the left. Similar to the home kits, a black stripe runs down the side of the shirt and shorts, showing off flashes of blue on the left side and red on the right side.
Both kits will introduce a new sock system that includes NikeGRIP socks paired with new sleeves that further protect ankles and other high-risk areas on the lower leg.
USA Returns to Talen Energy Stadium for 2 p.m. ET Kickoff on ESPN; Tickets Go On Sale to Public Feb. 29
CHICAGO (Feb. 23, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Colombia on April 10 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa., in the second of two matches against the up-and-coming South American side. The match will be broadcast on ESPN at 2 p.m. ET.
The two teams will also meet four days earlier on April 6 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Conn. (7 p.m. on FS1).