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FUEL Soccer Talk: Press on playing club; Paderborn 07 inks a pair of Americans; Soccer’s special moments

Kicking things into the weekend!

USWNT: Christen Press has been scoring since her days with Slammers FC

The U.S. Women’s National Team was coming off a loss to France when it faced a strong Spain side on Tuesday, Jan. 22. After the two teams battled to a scoreless first half, Christen Press scored in the 53rd minute by basically taking on the entire Spanish defense by herself, using her great speed and skill to score the game’s only goal.
Press picked up the ball on the U.S. side of the pitch and sprinted down the field, beating a Spain defender to the left and then placing a perfect rolling shot with her left foot that beat the keeper.
For Press, accomplishing a goal only means it’s time to chase the next one – and that philosophy has served the women’s elite soccer player well over the years. “I got my first call-up to the USWNT in April 2012,” she said. “Before I could exhale in relief – I had made it – I realized this was just the beginning. The USWNT isn’t a place where you celebrate, put down roots, or relax. Being on this team is an honor as well as a responsibility to my country and myself.”
Press, who became Stanford’s all-time leading scorer with 71 goals during her four-year career, has spent her whole life doing whatever it takes to be great. She played club soccer for the Slammers FC out of Newport Beach (Calif.) and between seventh grade and until she left for college would drive an hour and 45 minutes to practice and games.
What did she learn from playing club?
“A ton of things,” she says. “The most important thing is time management. During that time in the car I would do all of my homework and when I got home I was able to have a social life. I did a great job of managing my time and it’s been a life lesson for me.”

What does Christen Press mean to the U.S. Women’s National Team?

Forward thinking: German soccer club Paderborn 07 signs two Americans

Mohammed Kamara

Khiry Shelton

German soccer club Paderborn 07 is hoping a couple American soccer players can help in its bid for promotion back to the Bundesliga. The second-division club signed two forwards from the United States this month in Mohammed Kamara and Khiry Shelton.
The 21-year-old Kamara, who was born in Monrovia, Liberia, appeared in 14 games in his debut season for the UCLA Bruins, making 11 starts. He recorded five goals with one assist for 11 points and co-led the team in goals and was second in points. He was named to the All-Pac 12 Second Team.
He signed a deal through June 2020 with Paderborn, worth around $300,000.
Shelton, who made his MLS debut in 2015 for New York City, was getting a contract through June 2021. Shelton, who was born in Fort Collins, Colo., and attended Oregon State, made 20 appearances for Sporting Kansas City this past season and contributed two goals and five assists.

How will Kansas City replace Khiry Shelton?  

“Thank you for being something that is more than just my sport”

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