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Crystal Dunn Ready for Big Year for the WNT

After she was the last player released from the 2015 Women’s World Cup roster, Crystal Dunn took some time to get over the disappointment, but then launched herself into her NWSL season that saw her win the league scoring title and the league MVP award for the Washington Spirit. Bolstered by that stellar club season, she’s back with the WNT, playing a more attacking role and looking to make a big impact in 2016.
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U.S. National Team: A young, athletic defender who reached the full international level with the USA after featuring prominently for the WNT program at the U-17 and U-20 levels.

2015:
Has been with the WNT in all traning camps and trips, and has seen action in one game so far this year.. Member of the roster that competed and helped the USA win its 10th Algarve Cup after defeating France 2-0 on March 11... 2014: Saw quite a bit of action in training camps in her first year as a professional … Played in four matches with one start … Was named to the roster for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship but was forced to withdraw right before the tournament due to a mild MCL strain … 2013: Broke into the senior national team in impressive fashion in 2013 while still a senior in college, playing 532 minutes while earning her first eight caps … She started six of those games at outside back … Youth National Teams: A key member of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup title in Japan … She played every minute of all six matches and registered two huge assists from right back, setting up Chioma Ubogagu’s game-winning overtime goal in the 2-1 quarterfinal victory against Korea DPR and Kealia Ohai’s game-winner in the historic 1-0 victory against Germany in the championship game … During the U-20 Women’s World Cup, she helped shut down several of the top young attackers in the world with inspired play at outside back … Played four out of the five games at the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship tournament – playing every minute of those four matches – and picked up three assists in the tournament as the USA won the regional title … Finished her U-20 career as one of the most capped players at that level with 39 games played … She played two cycles with the U-20s after also representing the USA at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany … A member of the team that won the 2012 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship and earned a berth to the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan … Played every minute of all four games she started at qualifying, totaling 360 … Had three assists in the tournament … A member of the U.S. team that won the 2010 CONACAF U-20 Women’s Championships in Guatemala to earn a berth to the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup … She played every minute of all five games, one of just two players to do so … Played every minute of all four games at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany at center back … First U-20 WNT camp was in January of 2009 … Played in 16 total matches for the U-20s in 2010 heading into the U-20 Women’s World Cup, including 14 international matches … Played outside back for the U.S. U-17s in 2008, but has moved to center back for the U-20s … One of the USA’s best players at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World in New Zealand, she recovered from an illness early in the tournament to play every minute of four games … Finished her U-17 career with 13 caps and one goal, but it was a huge stoppage time score that put the USA in the U-17 Women’s World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Mexico in the semifinal of the 2008 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championships in Trinidad & Tobago … Brought into the U-17 program in 2008 and played almost every match for the team that year … One of the three players born in 1993 to make the Women’s World Cup roster … One of two players to start all five games and play every minute of the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Qualifying tournament … Attended the U.S. Soccer Under-14 I.D. Camp in 2006. First cap: Feb. 13, 2013 vs. Scotland. First goal: None.


Professional / Club: 2014: Was the first overall pick in the 2014 NWSL Draft by the Washington Spirit … Had an excellent first pro season, playing in 21 games spanning 1,488 minutes while starting 18 matches in helping the Spirit to the NWSL playoff semifinal … Registered three assists on the season … Youth club: Played with the Albertson Fury from U-15 until she left for college … Played U-13 through U-15 with the RVC Tornadoes … Played U-10 though U-13 with the RVC Power where she won a state title.


College / High School: As a senior in 2013, she led the Tar Heels in scoring with year with 34 points from 14 goals and six assists … She missed several games due to National Team commitments and late-season injury problems that kept her out of several ACC and NCAA Tournament matches … After winning the MAC Hermann Trophy as a junior, she finished second to Morgan Brian as a senior … Finished her college career with 31 goals and 25 assists in 80 games … Started every game she played during her first three seasons and then started 18 of 21 as a senior … Named a First-Team NSCAA All-American, making her a four-time All- American, three First-Team selections and one Third-Team … She was also named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year, becoming the only player to win ACC Offensive and Defensive (2012 & 2010) Player of the Year awards … The first player to win ACC Player of the Year honors three times since Mia Hamm in 199 … As a junior in 2012, she had a memorable year, scoring five goals with five assists while playing all over the field while leading North Carolina to an improbable NCAA title and winning the MAC Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s best player … Dunn missed the non-conference portion of the Tar Heels’ schedule while playing in the U-20 Women’s World Cup, but once she joined the lineup, her experience and versatility made an immediate impact … Dunn started at center back for the first 11 games back in the lineup before being moved to the center midfield for UNC’s six-game NCAA Tournament run … She played a key role in helping Carolina capture its 22nd national championship in school history, assisting on goals in both Final Four games … The three-year starter earned NSCAA First Team All-America honors and was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year … Also won the prestigious Honda Award for soccer, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service … As a sophomore, she played in 19 of UNC’s 20 games while scoring three goals with six assists … She was named the Soccer America Freshman of the Year … A 2010 NSCAA Third-Team All-America and was First-Team All-ACC … As a freshman, she was the All-ACC Defensive Player of the Year, the first ever freshman to win the honor … Part of the ACC All- Freshman Team and was named First-Team NSCAA All-American … Started all 23 games she played in as a freshman -- totaling 1,929 minutes -- and was the third-leading scorer with 26 points on nine goals and eight assists … Scored six goals in the final five games of the campaign and played the entire match 18 times … Attended South Side High School where she scored 20 goals her senior year and was a four-year starter on the pitch at forward and midfield … A Parade All-American and New York Player of the Year … First-team All-State and All-Long Island in 2006, ‘07 and ‘09 … She was an All-New York First Team selection and All-Long Island as a freshman, sophomore and senior … 2009 NSCAA, ESPNRise and Parade high school All-America … Only played three games during her junior year due to National Team commitments … The New York Gatorade High School Player of the Year in 2009 … Team captain in 2008 and 2009 … Led team to New York state championships in 2006, 2007 and 2009 … She missed the 2008 campaign due to National Team commitments … The teams she played on in in ‘07 and ‘09 went undefeated and were ranked No. 1 in the nation by the NSCAA … Lost only two games in three seasons in high school … Scored 46 goals and had 35 assists in three high school seasons… In the 2009 state championship game, she scored four goals and had a hat trick in the first 20 minutes of the match … As a senior, she was named Newsday Long Island Player of the Year, Nassau County Class A Player of the Year, New York Sportswriters Class A Player of the Year, BigAppleSoccer.com youth Player of the Year and the winner of the Mike Clark Award for the best all-around athlete in Nassau County.


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