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Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Christen Press follows final with U-23 call-up

By Scott French

Palos Verdes Estates' Christen Press, fresh off Stanford's disappointing defeat to Notre Dame in Sunday's NCAA Division I women's final, heads into a weeklong camp at Home Depot Center with the U.S. under-23 women's team.


Press (Chadwick School) is among nine pros and the nation's top college players -- three locals -- who will join the team, guided by University of Portland director of soccer (and men's coach) Bill Irwin, on Sunday.

The U-23 team is primarily a developmental squad, a steppingstone from college soccer to the full U.S. national team; the primary competition at the age level is the Nordic Cup, an exhibition event played most summers in Scandinavia.

Diamond Bar's Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar HS), a senior at Cal, is the only college player with an established role on the full U.S. national team. UCLA junior Sydney Leroux was in camp with the national team before two friendlies in early October, and her absence from this U-23 roster suggests she'll be in the full pool in the lead-up to next summer's Women's World Cup.

In addition, the U.S. U-18 men's team -- with one local play -- heads Friday to Tel Aviv for games against Israel, Germany and France.

Locals on the rosters:

U-23 WOMEN
F Michelle Enyeart (Hemet/Hemet HS), Boston Breakers
F Christen Press (Palos Verdes Estates/Chadwick School), Stanford
M Kylie Wright (Rancho Santa Margarita/Tesoro HS), UCLA

U-18 MEN
D Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Riverside/Saddleback HS), UANL Tigres (Mexico)