Manchester United forward Christen Press says that scoring for the United States is an honour after she netted the first goal for The Stars and Stripes as they defeated Brazil 2-0 at the Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida last night.
Press thumped the ball into the Brazilian net after just 11 minutes as Vlatko Andonovski’s side closed in on a second consecutive SheBelieves Cup title.
The 32-year-old’s goal was her 59th for her country at senior level and she will now be hoping to hit the 60 mark when the United States take on Argentina in their final tournament fixture on Thursday. When reflecting on scoring her latest goal for the United States in the post-match press conference, Press said that it was always an honour to be on the scoresheet for her country.
“Every time you score when representing your country is a huge honour” said Press when speaking to FAWSL Full-Time. “A lot of work and a lot of shots go into a single goal.
“I feel very proud to represent this team and I will continue to do everything in my power to do that well.”
Press cut in from the left to power the ball across goal and beyond Brazilian keeper Barbara into the net. She said that the goal came from her ‘signature shot’ from what was her most comfortable playing area of the pitch.
She added “I think we were fairly successful today at getting into the deep areas behind their backline to be able to create crossing and shooting opportunities.
“On the goal, Lindsey (Horan) played me a great ball in on a diagonal so that I wasn’t in a crossing situation, I was actually able to cut in and open up the angle of the goal.
“That is kind of what I like to do, it’s my signature shot and my signature style so it was great to see it go into the back of the net.”
The United States face their tournament-defining fixture against Argentina at midnight on Thursday. The Stars and Stripes need just a point to make sure of 2021 SheBelieves Cup success.