Crystal Dunn
Women's National Team

Crystal Dunn

Defender Caps/Goals - 82/24
  • Date of Birth

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  • Hometown

    Rockville Centre, N.Y.

  • Club

    NC Courage

  • Crystal Alyssia Dunn
  • Majored in sociology at UNC.
  • Likes to dance, sing, go to movies and hang with friends.
  • Is widely known as one of the best dancers on the U.S. team.
  • Likes to entertain people with her musical talents.
  • Brother Henry played in the minor leagues for the Cleveland Indians.
  • Favorite athletes are LeBron James and Serena Williams
  • Favorite movie is “Love & Basketball.”

WNT - Crystal Dunn

First cap: Feb. 13, 2013 vs. Scotland. First goal: Sept. 20, 2015 vs. Haiti.

Started her WNT career as defender and reached the full international level after featuring prominently for the WNT programs at the U-17 and U-20 levels, but since her emergence at the end of 2015 after a stellar NWSL season, she has been a winger/striker. Recently, she has been playing as a defender for the U.S. WNT once again.

2017: Played in 12 games, starting seven, while scoring four goals. Those scores came in back-to-back two-goal games against Russia in April. The goals in the second match on April 9 in Houston marked her third career multi-goal game and her 50th cap. 

2016: Set career highs for a calendar year in numerous categories, playing in 25 games (more than her first three years on the WNT combined), while starting 17. She played 1,494 minutes (also more than her first three years combined) and scored 14 goals (second best on the team) with eight assists (tied for second on the team). Scored six goals while helping the USA win the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, including a team record-tying five goals against Puerto Rico on Feb. 15, joining an elite group of six other players to have scored five times in a WNT match. Scored a fantastic match-winner against England on March 3 at the SheBelieves Cup in a 1-0 victory that helped the USA win the tournament title. Made her first Olympic Team roster, playing in all four games while starting two and scored her first Olympic goal, tallying in the 2-2 draw with Colombia in group play. Also had an assist in the Olympics on Mallory Pugh’s goal vs. Colombia.

2015: Played against England on Feb. 13 as a late game substitute, but would not play again until the post-WWC Victory Tour, where she started six of the seven matches she played while scoring four goals with three assists. The 5-foot-1 Dunn scored her first career international goal on Sept. 17 against Haiti on a header.Was among the final 25 players being considered for the 23-player WWC roster, and when she did not make the squad, re-dedicated herself and had a spectacular club season with the Washington Spirit, spurring her return to the squad for the Victory Tour.

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 U.S. roster for CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying tournament, but had to be replaced (by Julie Ertz) 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 and 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. 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. Played every minute of all four games at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany at center back. 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.

On January 16, 2018, the North Carolina Courage announced that it had acquired the rights to Dunn from the Washington Spirit in exchange for Taylor Smith and Ashley Hatch, and that Dunn would be returning from Europe to play in the NWSL. 

2017: Signed with Chelsea FC in England at the beginning of 2017. Played in 23 matches for Chelsea during 2017: three in the FA Cup (1 goal, 2 assists), 11 in league play (3 goals, 3 assists), five in the Continental Tyres Cup (2 goals, 1 assist) and four in the UFA Champions League (1 assist). Helped Chelsea to second place in the FA Women’s Super League at the turn of the year, into the FA Cup 4th Round, the Continental Tires Cup semifinals and the Champions League quarterfinals.

2016: Helped the Spirit to a second-place finish in the league and into the playoffs while playing 13 games with 12 starts. Scored two goals with five assists during the regular season and was named to the NWSL Second XI. Her five assists were tied for fourth best in the league. Scored twice in the NWSL Championship Game as the Spirit and the Western New York Flash tied 1-1 through regulationDunn scored a potential game-winner one minute into overtime, but the Flash equalized at the end of overtime and eventually won in penalty kicks.

2015: After being one of the last players released from the final roster for the Women’s World Cup she took advantage of the increased time with her club and had a spectacular season for the Washington Spirit, winning the Golden Boot after leading the league in goals with 15 in 20 games as well as winning the MVP award. She has had three assists and was named to the NWSL Best XI. She led the spirt to a fourth-place finish in the league and a berth to the playoff semifinal. At 23, she became the youngest MVP in the short history of the league. Averaged 0.75 goals per team game, a new NWSL record, breaking the old mark of 0.66 set by Seattle Reign FC midfielder Kim Little in 2014. Led the league in game-winning goals with six. Scored a hat trick on August 1 against the Houston Dash, one of three scored in the league during the season. She also led the league in shots (84) and shots on goal (48) to go along with three assists in 1,711 minutes - 89 minutes shy of playing every minute of the regular season. Dunn was named the NWSL Player of the Week a record six times. Dunn was also named NWSL Player of the Month for August after scoring six goals and adding an assist in six games during the month. 

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: 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 college soccer’s top player 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. The 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.