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Christen Press: USWNT Forward Returns To Training After Two Years

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) forward, Christen Press stepped back onto the training field with her teammates this week after 730 days, two years to the day she last appeared in a football game.

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She’s careful to emphasize that it’s just one milestone of many—some behind her and some still to come—but regardless, she says, there’s nothing quite like being back with the team she loves, in the city she grew up in. “One of the things I’ve just missed so much is the energy of being around people,” she said after training with her teammates at Angel City FC as captured on the Clb website.

“Just exchanging that energy with your team and knowing that you’re all on a journey together, it’s almost like coming out of an isolation period. Just having bodies on the field and having them care was very warm and it was very meaningful.”

“It feels like a full circle moment,” she said. “It feels a little poetic to hit it on the day precisely.”

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Press’s recovery has been a journey that lasted far longer than she had hoped, with setbacks along the way necessitating additional surgeries and pushing the finish line further away, a Sisyphean cycle that repeated itself until she’d had four total procedures.

She tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in a 2022 match against Racing Louisville. While her involvement in training is still limited, with her only taking part in the warm-ups and a passing drill to start, it’s one of the many milestones Press can celebrate on the arduous journey she’s undertaken for a full return to the sport.

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