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Americans abroad: Press leading Damallsvenskan

Christen Press currently leads the Swedish league in goals with 12 after a hat trick on Sunday. (Photo copyright Steve Bruno for www.womens.soccerly.com)

Christen Press hasn’t missed a beat since switching teams in Sweden. Press, who plays for Tyresö FF after moving over from Göteborg FC in the offseason, leads the Damallsvenskan with 12 goals after scoring a hat trick in a 5-1 win over Kristianstad on Sunday.

Tyresö FF, of course, is stacked with the likes of Marta, Caroline Seger and Veronica Boquete. Fellow American Meghan Klingenberg also plays for Tyresö, which leads the league, three points clear of LdB Malmö.

Press, one of the most promising young Americans, said she stayed in Sweden because when it was time to sign in the winter offseason, there was still little clarity regarding the National Women’s Soccer League.

“When I was signing my contract here, nothing was set in the NWSL,” she said in a February interview. “I had such a great year and I really think my heart and my life is in Sweden now. For me, the way the timing worked out, it’s better for me to be in Sweden.”

Many fans stateside hope to see Press on an NWSL team in the future. In my interview with her in February, some of which you can find in a Howler magazine NWSL feature in the coming weeks, Press said she’s interested in playing in the U.S. pro league at some point in the future.

“Absolutely,” Press said. “I think that the NWSL is going to be really important for women’s soccer on a global level. I really hope it is going to work out. I absolutely want to be a part of it.”

She is, of course, under contract in Sweden (and thriving), but at some point in the coming years, U.S. fans may have the pleasure of seeing Press on their hometown team.

Here are some highlights from Tyresö’s 5-1 win, including one of Press’ goals and a goal from Seger:

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