USWNT star Press taking break from soccer to focus on her mental health

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United States women's national team star Christen Press is stepping away from soccer for a "couple of months" to focus on her mental health, the forward announced Thursday on Instagram.

"I've been a professional player for 10 years. And I’m very proud of the fact that I've been available for nearly every professional match for both club and country," she said. "And yet, that has come with a focus, intensity, and prioritization that has left little room for much else.

"I've made the difficult decision to take a couple of months away from the game to focus on my mental health, spiritual growth, and processing grief.

"I’m sad to miss the upcoming games and seeing all of our wonderful fans. I believe I will come back stronger than ever. Thanks for all your support on my journey."

The United States confirmed earlier Thursday that Press "opted out" of two matches against Paraguay set for later in September.

The 32-year-old has represented her country 155 times since making her debut in 2013.

Press helped the United States win the Women's World Cup in 2015 and 2019, and she was on the squad that captured bronze at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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USWNT star Press taking break from soccer to focus on her mental health
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