Christen Press and Tobin Heath attended Monday’s Players’ Ball, which celebrated the historic CBA signed by the U.S. women’s national team.
pic.twitter.com/XvvKFeF7zD— Best Of Tobin Heath and Christen Press (@BestOfTHCP) November 15, 2022
The duo have been out of the game with injuries this year. Press went down just eight games into the NWSL season with a torn ACL, while Heath suffered a season-ending injury in September.
Their injuries come as the team has struggled with a plethora of other absences, and also has struggled in friendlies against upper-level competition.
In a recent update, USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski said Heath is “recovering” without further detail. He gave more information on Press, who is expected to return in February or March.
Both players have significant USWNT experience and could provide a boost to a team that lost three straight games before rebounding Sunday with a win against Germany.
Last September, Press gave up her USWNT spot, saying that she was going to “take a couple of months away from the game” to focus on her mental health. While Andonovski has said in the past that Press could have competition when she opts to return to the squad, the team’s forward roster has struggled to score against high-level opponents beyond Mallory Pugh and Sophia Smith.
Press ranks ninth in USWNT history in goals scored with 64. She’s already proved herself as a key member of the team during major tournaments, including during the 2019 World Cup.
Heath, meanwhile, has struggled with injuries throughout the year. But the two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup winner also is able to show up in big moments. She could throw her hat in the ring for a lineup spot depending on her recovery timeline.