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Christen Press serves as LAFC honorary falconer

Could we see more of her around The Banc in the future?

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In a move that I’m sure just happened to be a complete coincidence, Los Angeles Football Club’s honorary falconer on Saturday was World Cup winner and NWSL star Christen Press.

Normally, a post about the honorary falconer before an LAFC game wouldn’t necessarily merit a post in itself, but Press came out to the game against Real Salt Lake, led the falcon procession, wore an LAFC jersey and had a front-row seat to the action.

That in itself doesn’t necessarily sound odd, but some fans in Utah were upset with Press, because she currently plays for Real Salt Lake’s sister NWSL team, Utah Royals FC, and they thought her cavorting with the other side was like not cool at all, man.

Of course, Press is a native of Los Angeles — she grew up in Palos Verdes — and she played youth soccer for Slammers FC, the same club that has a girls academy partnership with...that’s right, LAFC. Also, the U.S. Women’s National Team will play a World Cup tune-up friendly against Belgium on April 7 at Banc of California Stadium. Also, Utah Royals are doing their preseason in Southern California right now. So there’s tons of reasonable context for her presence, and I think getting upset because she wasn’t turning out for RSL is kind of overwrought.

Aside from that USWNT friendly coming up, is there any chance Press’ appearance is a sign of NWSL in LA in the future? Hard to say at this point, but if NWSL were to come to California in the next couple years, my money is on Press being the face of the team. All wishes and conjecture at this point, admittedly, but methinks Press’ appearance could be foreshadowing for NWSL in the future. Time will tell.

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