W-League Side Continues to Build Second-Year Roster
Christen Press will be a nice addition to the Pali Blues
Pacific Palisades, Calif. (Friday, February 13, 2009) – The defending W-League champion Pali Blues Soccer Club bolstered its roster today with the addition of Stanford striker Christen Press. The Blues will continue making acquisitions over the upcoming months in preparation for their sophomore season debut, which will take place on Saturday, May 9th, against the Los Angeles Legends at the Stadium by the Sea.
“Christen is a big signing for us,” Blues head coach Charlie Naimo stated. “One of the goals this year is to be more dangerous in the attack and there is no better player to start with.”
Press started every game of her sophomore season for Stanford this past fall and received All-Pac 10 Second Team and Top Drawer Soccer Second Team accolades. She led the Cardinal offense with 43 points on 16 goals and 11 assists and has already accumulated 65 points on 24 knocks and 17 helpers in only two seasons in Central California. Following a great rookie season in 2007, she was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.
Previously a member of the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team Pool, Press was recently named to the U-23 U.S. Women's National Team roster that will travel to La Manga, Spain, for a three-team tournament from January 31- February 7.
“I have watched a lot of college games this fall in preparation for the WPS draft, and Press was at the top of the forwards list,” Naimo continued. “She went from one of the best club teams in soccer history, where she played in four national finals with the Slammers, to one of the best college programs at Stanford.”
Naimo was also quick to note certain characteristics of the college standout.
“She has the rare combination of pace, 1v1 ability, willingness to defend as a forward and the passion to win,” he said. “I can see her being a full national team player by the time she graduates."
Press was a four-year letter winner at Chadwick High School in Palos Verdes Peninsula, California. She was twice named an NSCAA/adidas All-American and received a Parade Magazine All-American nod following her senior year. She served as captain for her high school squad during her junior and senior years, while twice being selected both the CIF Southern Section Offensive Player of the Year and All-Area Player of the Year. She finished her high school career with an offensive 128 goals.
"Great players have the ability to inspire young fans,” Blues General Manager Jason Lemire remarked. “When those great players are also from our own community, like Ali and now Christen, the potential to inspire is that much stronger."
The USL W-League played its inaugural season in 1995, and it is recognized as the premiere development league for female players in North America. The Pali Blues Soccer Club was the winner of the 2008 W-League championship in just its first season of play, and the team will open their second season against the Los Angeles Legends at the Stadium by the Sea on Saturday, May 9th, at 6:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased today by calling (310) 264-4649.