NWSL

Christen Press exits Angel City match with apparent knee injury

Lizzy Becherano
 Angel City FC player Christen Press exited the match against Racing Louisville with an apparent knee injury.
Angel City FC player Christen Press exited the match against Racing Louisville with an apparent knee injury. / Katharine Lotze/GettyImages
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Christen Press drew concerns on Saturday night after exiting the match against Racing Louisville in the 64th minute with an apparent knee injury. 

The Angel City player twisted her knee, forcing her to receive treatment while on the field. Press was subsequently helped off pitch by a trainer and teammate Megan Reid before heading into the locker room for the remainder of the game.

Prior to her early departure, Press managed to score one goals and an assist in Angel City's 3-2 victory over Louisville.

Angel City head coach Freya Coombe addressed the situation after the match, but provided little clarity into the uncertain prognosis."I need to go in with [our medical team] and see how she’s doing."

Midfielder Savannah McCaskill then added that Angel City are "hoping and praying that she’s going to be okay, and [the injury] is nothing major."

The potential injury comes at a crucial point in the season for Press and the team as Angel City sit in second place, just one point away from the San Diego Wave. She's become a crucial part of the team in their debut season, managing two goals and one assist in eight NWSL appearances. 

The forward was also set to report to international duty soon after being named to the preliminary roster for the Concacaf W Championship, which runs from July 4 to July 18 in Mexico. Press’ absence from the international tournament would come as a huge blow as it serves as the qualifying for the 2023 World Cup and 2024 Paris Olympics.

Angel City returns to the field on Saturday when visiting OL Reign at Lumen Field.


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