Former professional soccer player Laurie Lindsey cited “behind the scenes” circumstances as a reason to exclude Kristen Press from the USWNT roster.
After the roster was released, USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski revealed that Press wouldn’t be on the roster even before she tore the ACL in Saturday’s NWSL game.
Speaking on the “Attacking Third” podcast, Lindsay pitched her thoughts to disdain.
“I think there’s a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes that a lot of people don’t know,” Lindsay said. “I think it probably goes back a little bit – I’m privy to some, not all, and I obviously wasn’t at the Olympics – but I guarantee this has to do with a lot of things off the field that people don’t know. As far as Kristen was Good press, I think more of this is about driving and not just what it looks like on the field.
“I think there are some internal things that we don’t really know, with other players. Take what you want with what I have to say with this. You can read between the lines.”
Lindsey made 31 appearances with the USWNT from 2005-2013. Current USWNT Striker Megan Rapinoe has described Lindsey as “one of my best friends.” The two played together for the USWNT from 2006 until Lindsey’s final appearance in 2013.
In his podcast on Monday, Lindsey described Rapinoe as a leader more than the press, likening Rapinoe to Abby Wambach in 2015.
“Overall, Kristen Press is going to be like Mallory Pugh,” she said. “A lot of guys don’t bring in what Megan brings, whether it’s 10 minutes, or 30 minutes… Do you bring it because you know what you’re going to get on the bench? You know how you’re going to respond to being on the bench? And I think you know that with Meghan.”