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Angel City coach provides update on Christen Press’ recovery

USWNT and Angel City FC forward Christen Press has had four knee surgeries since tearing her ACL in June 2022. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Angel City is taking it “week by week” when it comes to Christen Press’ recovery.

After tearing her ACL last June, the 34-year-old forward has undergone four knee surgeries, a situation she has described as “unfathomable.” The latest surgery came on July 18, and she is hoping for a better outcome than resulted from the previous procedures.

“I believe every single time that I’m going to have the best outcome to the point where like now I’m like, I think I might be naive. Like, it’s too optimistic,” she said on “The RE-CAP Show” podcast with Tobin Heath. “But that’s how I have to go into surgery to get through.”

Angel City interim head coach Becki Tweed spoke Friday about Press’ status.

“Obviously everybody’s recovery journey is different and we’re all aware of Christen’s journey and her multiple surgeries,” she said. “A player of her quality and caliber is obviously really highly missed. Again, everybody’s recovery journey and pathway to what they need to come back and return to the field is important.

“With her, we’re taking it week by week. It’s important that she returns when she’s ready, and there is no official timeline on that. But we’ll continue to offer support through the process. We’re excited for her return whenever that may be.”

Angel City got its first-ever win over OL Reign on Sunday in a 2-1 result. The club currently sits in ninth place in the NWSL standings with 21 points, three points out of playoff position.