Stanford grad Press-es toward women's soccer milestone


Stanford grad Christen Press could turn 100 on Tuesday and it will be something to celebrate.

Press entered Team USA's 1-0 win over China last week in the second half, earning her 99th cap with the U.S. women's national soccer team. The countries meet again Tuesday at 4 p.m. (ESPN2) in Cleveland and Press could rock the town with her 100th appearance.

The friendly is part of the U.S. preparation for the Concacaf Women's Championship to be held in the United States, Oct. 4-17.

Press will become the 37th woman in WNT history to reach the milestone when she does appear in a game.

Former Stanford teammate Kelley O'Hara, out since April with a hamstring injury, was the most recent to reach the 100-cap mark when she did so last September in a 3-1 win over New Zealand, which featured another former Cardinal teammate in Ali Riley.

China is one of Team USA's oldest rivals. Tuesday's meeting will be their 58th meeting, matching Canada for most frequent opponent.

The USA (6-0-1) has a 35-9-13 record against China, with the nine losses being the most to any opponent except for Norway, which has beaten the USA 19 times.

In the 1990s, the USA, Norway and China were teams competing for world titles, with the USA and China meeting in three Women's World Cups and two Olympic Games.

Sacred Heart Prep grads Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA grad) and Tierna Davidson (Stanford junior) are also with the national team.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA Soccer

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