Crystal Dunn

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Crystal Dunn
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In a match for the USWNT in September 2014
Personal information
Full nameCrystal Alyssia Dunn
Date of birth (1992-07-03) July 3, 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth New Hyde Park, New York, United States
Height 5 ft 1 in (1.55 m)
Playing position Wing-back/Winger
Club information
Current team
North Carolina Courage
Number 19
Youth career
2006–2009 South Side High School
2006–2009 Eastern New York Youth Soccer
College career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2010–2013 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2014–2016 Washington Spirit 58 (19)
2017–2018 Chelsea 15 (3)
2018– North Carolina Courage 18 (7)
National team
2008–2009 United States U-17
2009–2010 United States U-18
2010–2012 United States U-20 33
2013– United States 80 (24)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of August 7, 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 2, 2019

Crystal Alyssia Dunn (born July 3, 1992) [1] is an American soccer player for National Women's Soccer League club North Carolina Courage and the U.S. Women's National Team. She was a member of the team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan, a member of the North Carolina Tar Heels women's soccer team, and was the recipient of 2012 Hermann Trophy. [2] [3] [4] In 2015, she won the NWSL Most Valuable Player and the Golden Boot awards, [5] becoming the youngest player to win both awards, at age 23. [6]

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National Womens Soccer League professional soccer league, highest level of womens soccer in the United States

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She represented the United States as member of United States U-17, U-18, and U-20 national soccer teams. On February 13, 2013, she made her debut in the senior team playing a friendly match against Scotland national women's football team.

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The United States U-20 women's national soccer team is a youth soccer team operated under the auspices of U.S. Soccer. Its primary role is the development of players in preparation for the senior women's national team. The team most recently appeared in the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in France, where they failed to progress from the group stage for the first time in the competition's history. The team competes in a variety of competitions, including the biennial FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, which is the top competition for this age group. The head coach since April 2017 is Jitka Klimková.

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The United States Women's National Soccer Team (USWNT) represents the United States in international women's soccer. The team is the most successful in international women's soccer, winning three Women's World Cup titles, four Olympic women's gold medals, eight CONCACAF Gold Cup wins, and ten Algarve Cups. It medaled in every single World Cup and Olympic tournament in women's soccer history from 1991 to 2015, before being knocked out in the quarterfinal of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The team is governed by United States Soccer Federation and competes in CONCACAF.

Early life

Born in New Hyde Park, New York, to Vincent and Rhonda Dunn,[ citation needed ] Crystal was raised with her brother Henry in Rockville Centre, New York where she attended South Side High School. At South Side, she was a four-year starter as forward and midfielder and team captain in 2008 and 2009. She lost only two matches in three seasons at South Side and helped lead her team to New York state championships in 2006, 2007 and 2009. In the 2009 state championship match, she scored four goals and had a hat trick in the first 20 minutes of the match. [1] [7] [8]

New Hyde Park, New York Village in New York, United States

New Hyde Park is a village in Nassau County, Long Island, New York, United States, which is split between the towns of Hempstead and North Hempstead.

Rockville Centre, New York Village in New York, United States

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Dunn scored 46 goals and had 35 assists in three high school seasons, missing the 2008 season due to national team commitments. She was a highly decorated high school player earning Parade All-American and New York Player of the Year. She also earned First-team All-State and All-Long Island honors in 2006, 2007 and 2009. As a freshman, sophomore and senior, she was an All-New York First Team and All-Long Island team selection. In 2009, she was named 2009 NSCAA, ESPNRise and Parade high school All-America and was the New York Gatorade High School Player of the Year. The teams she played on in 2007 and 2009 went undefeated and were ranked number one in the nation by the NSCAA. [1]

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 was the winner of the Mike Clark Award for the best all-around athlete in Nassau County. [1]

In addition to her high school experience, Dunn played with the club teams, Albertson Fury, the RVC Tornadoes, and the RVC Power (with whom she won a state title). [1]

University of North Carolina, 2010–2013

Dunn attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and majored in sociology. As a freshman in 2010, [9] Dunn started 23 matches and played the full 90 minutes 18 times for a total of 1,929 minutes. [9] She was the team's leading player in points with 26 including nine goals and eight assists. [9] She scored four goals during the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship including a match-winner against Jackson State, a goal against Notre Dame, and two goals in a 3–1 win over James Madison in the second round of the tournament. [9] Her accolades during her first year season included: Soccer America Freshman of the Year, 2010 NSCAA first-team All-America honoree, Second-team Soccer America MVP selection, First-team All-ACC. [9] She was the first freshman to ever win the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award and was a semi-finalist for the 2010 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy. [9]

As a sophomore in 2011, Dunn started in 19 matches missing only one while she was training with the United States under-20 women's national soccer team. She scored three goals and made six assists during the season. [9] She was named third-team All-America and first-team All-Southeast Region by the NSCAA. She was also named to the first-team All-ACC and was named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week three times. [9]

During her junior season in 2012, Dunn missed the non-conference phase of the 2012 college season while playing for the United States under-20 women's national soccer team at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan. Following her return, she helped lead the Tar Heels to win the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. [9] During the tournament's quarter-final, Dunn scored both goals in a 2–1 win against top-seed team BYU, including a match-winning "golden" goal within four minutes of end of second overtime. She also saved her team from trailing BYU when she headed the ball away from the Tar Heels' goal-line in the first overtime. [9] [10] Dunn was named the 2013 Hermann Trophy winner as well as the ACC Athlete of the Year and ACC Defender of the Year. [11] [12] [13] Dunn was an All-ACC selection for the third straight year and an ESPY Awards finalist. [14] She also was awarded the 2012 Honda Award for Soccer. [15]

During her senior-year season in 2013, Dunn scored the first hat-trick of her collegiate career ending a two-match losing streak for the Tar Heels after defeating the Miami Hurricanes 4–0. [16] She led the team with 14 goals and 34 points, including six match-winning goals. [17] Dunn was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year, [17] NSCAA All-American and First-team All-ACC for the fourth consecutive year. [17] She was a Hermann Trophy finalist [17] [18] and a nominee to Honda Award. [17]

Club career

Washington Spirit, 2014–2017

In January 2014, Washington Spirit selected Dunn with the first overall pick in the 2014 College Draft for the 2014 season of the National Women's Soccer League. [19] [20] She made 19 starts for the Spirit in her 22 appearances for the club during the 2014 season. The team finished fourth during the regular season with a 10–9–5 record securing a place in the playoffs. [21] During the semi-final, the Spirit were defeated by regular season champions Seattle Reign FC 2–1 on August 31 in Seattle. [22]

Dunn returned to the Spirit for the 2015 season. On April 26, 2015, she scored two goals while playing in the defender position in a match against Sky Blue FC helping the Spirit win 3–1. [23] She was subsequently named NWSL Player of the Week for week 2 of the season. [24]

On August 1, 2015, Dunn scored a franchise first hat trick, scoring three goals in the first half, in the Spirit's victory over the visiting Houston Dash. [25] She finished the month with six goals, earning her the league Player of the Month award. [26]

Dunn finished the regular season with a league-leading 15 goals, giving her the 2015 NWSL Golden Boot and the league Most Valuable Player award. [6] She became the youngest player to win both awards at age 23 and broke the league record with her 0.77 goals-per-game average. [5]

Dunn returned for her third season in 2016, scoring four goals and notching a career-high five assists. Two of her four goals were the two Spirit goals scored in the team's first ever appearance in the NWSL Championship. [27]

Chelsea, 2017–2018

On January 3, 2017, Dunn joined FA WSL 1 club Chelsea. [28] On March 19, she scored her first goal just 12 minutes into her first competitive appearance for the club, in a 7–0 FA Cup win over Doncaster. [29]

North Carolina Courage, 2018–

After a year in England, it was planned that Dunn would return to North America with the deal of a trade with Washington Spirit for two of North Carolina's players at the time, Taylor Smith and Ashley Hatch. The Spirit retained the League rights after Chelsea signed Dunn back in January 2017. [30] This move was confirmed by Chelsea on February 25, 2018. [31]

She made her first appearance for North Carolina Courage in a 1–0 win over Portland Thorns FC which was also the opening game of the 2018 NWSL season. [32] Dunn has been named Player of the Week twice in the 2018 NWSL season, for weeks 8 and 13. [33] She was named Player of the Month for the month of June. [34] Dunn appeared in 22 regular season games for the Courage, scoring eight goals, helping North Carolina win the NWSL Shield. The Courage broke the record for most goals scored in a season. [35] Dunn was named to the 2018 NWSL Best XI.

Dunn was in the starting lineup for the semi-final game against the Chicago Red Stars, North Carolina won 2-0 and advanced to the Championship Game. She was in the starting lineup for the final, which North Carolina won 3-0 over the Portland Thorns. [36]

International career

Youth national teams

Dunn after the 2012 FIFA Under-20 World Cup awards ceremony. From left to right: 14--Mandy Laddish, 4--Crystal Dunn (who provided the assist for Ohai's goal), 3--Cari Roccaro, 7--Kealia Ohai (the goal scorer of the championship match), 9--Chioma Ubogagu, 1--Bryane Heaberlin (GK) FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2012 Awards Ceremony 14.JPG
Dunn after the 2012 FIFA Under-20 World Cup awards ceremony. From left to right: 14—Mandy Laddish, 4—Crystal Dunn (who provided the assist for Ohai's goal), 3—Cari Roccaro, 7—Kealia Ohai (the goal scorer of the championship match), 9—Chioma Ubogagu, 1—Bryane Heaberlin (GK)

Dunn has competed on behalf of the United States in various national youth teams from 2008 through 2012, including at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. In the U.S. Under-20 teams, she is one of the leaders in number of caps played. [37] She was in the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Germany and was a member of the team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan.

Senior national team, 2013–present

On January 22, 2013, Dunn received her first call-up to the senior team's training camp, by the newly appointed coach Tom Sermanni. [38] [39] Dunn made her debut for the team, on February 13, against Scotland national women's football team in a friendly match; [40] and was placed on the roster for 2013 Algarve Cup. [41]

Dunn made her first Algarve Cup appearance for the senior team during the team's first match in the tournament on March 6, 2013 against Iceland. She started the match at left back and played for the full 90 minutes. The United States defeated Iceland 3–0. [42] Dunn earned her third cap with the senior team during the final match of the tournament against Germany. The United States clinched the tournament championship after defeating Germany 2–0. [43] [44]

In October 2014, she was dropped from the national team roster ahead of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship, which served as the qualifying tournament for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. [45] Dunn returned from injury in December 2014 and traveled with the team to Brazil, but did not play. [46]

Dunn was named to the roster for February 2015 friendlies against France and England, [47] and made a substitute appearance against England. [46] February 2015, Dunn was named to the 2015 Algarve Cup roster, but did not play a single minute. Dunn was named to the preliminary for the 2015 Women's World Cup, but did not make the final squad of 23. [46]

In September 2015, Dunn was added to the roster for the national team's Women's World Cup victory tour prior to the September 17 match against Haiti, becoming the first player not on the World Cup roster to join the tour. [48] Dunn made her first start of 2015 against Haiti and earned her first cap since the England friendly. She recorded her first career national team assists, both on Carli Lloyd's goals, and scored her first national team goal in the final moments of the match. [49]

Dunn played in the national team's opening game of the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship. She scored her fifth international goal in the 5–0 victory over Costa Rica. [50]

In the third group match vs Puerto Rico, Dunn was tied for the most goals scored by a U.S. player, netting five goals and one assist.[ citation needed ]

Career statistics

Club

As of July 15, 2018 [51]
ClubLeagueSeasonLeagueCup [lower-alpha 1] League Cup [lower-alpha 2] Continental [lower-alpha 3] Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Washington Spirit NWSL 2014 220220
2015 21152115
2016 154154
Total58190000005819
Chelsea FA WSL 2017 8131112
2017–18 62002120103
Total143312120215
North Carolina Courage NWSL 2018 177177
Career total89283121209632

International goals

Date
LocationOpponentLineup#MinAssist/passScoreResultCompetition
12015-09-17 [m 1] Detroit Flag of Haiti.svg  Haiti 1.190+3 Heather O'Reilly

5550.05005 5–0

5550.05005 5–0

Friendly
22015-09-20 [m 2] Birmingham Flag of Haiti.svg  Haiti 1.117 Megan Rapinoe

5350.03005 3–0

5850.08005 8–0

Friendly
32015-10-25 [m 3] Orlando Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil

off 60' (on Rapinoe)

1.145+3 Lindsey Horan

5150.02005 2–1

5250.03005 3–1

Friendly
42015-12-13 [m 4] Glendale Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR

off 46' (on O'Reilly)

1.139unassisted

5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0

Friendly
52016-02-10 [m 5] Frisco Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica

off 68' (on Pugh)

1.115unassisted

5350.03005 3–0

5550.05005 5–0

Olympic Qualifier: Group A
62016-02-15 [m 6] Frisco Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico 5.16 Mallory Pugh

5150.01005 1–0

6050.10005 10–0

Olympic Qualifier: Group A
75.221 Christen Press

5350.03005 3–0

85.361 Alex Morgan

5650.06005 6–0

95.485 Meghan Klingenberg

5850.08005 8–0

105.587 Morgan Brian

5150.09005 9–0

112016-03-03 [m 7] Tampa Flag of England.svg  England

on 67' (off Pugh)

1.172 Meghan Klingenberg

5150.01005 1–0

5150.01005 1–0

SheBelieves Cup
122016-04-06 [m 8] East Hartford Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 1.127 Carli Lloyd

5150.01005 1–0

5750.07005 7–0

Friendly
132016-07-09 [m 9] Chicago Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 1.135 Mallory Pugh

5150.01005 1–0

5150.01005 1–0

Friendly
142016-07-23 [m 10] Kansas City Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 1.115 Meghan Klingenberg

5150.01005 1–0

5150.01005 4–0

Friendly
152016-08-09 [m 11] Manaus Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 1.141 Carli Lloyd

5050.01005 1–1

5050.02005 2–2

Olympics: Group G
162016-09-15 [m 12] Columbus Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand

on 64' (off Johnston)

1.170 Becky Sauerbrunn

5650.06005 6–0

5950.09005 9–0

Friendly
172016-10-23 [m 13] Minneapolis Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland

off 81' (on Ohai)

1.163 Lynn Williams

5250.02005 4–1

5950.09005 5–1

Friendly
182016-11-13 [m 14] Carson Flag of Romania.svg  Romania

off 61' (on Horan)

1.145+1 Christen Press

5350.03005 2–0

5650.06005 5–0

Friendly
192017-04-06 [m 15] Frisco Flag of Russia.svg  Russia

off 64' (on Press)

2.110 Carli Lloyd

5150.01005 1–0

5450.01005 4–0

Friendly
202.241Unassisted

5150.01005 3–0

212017-04-09 [m 16] Houston Flag of Russia.svg  Russia

off 74' (on Williams)

2.138 Meghan Klingenberg

5150.01005 3–0

5450.01005 5–1

Friendly
222.248 Mallory Pugh

5150.01005 5–1

232018-01-21 [m 17] San Diego Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark

on 70' (off Rapinoe)

1.181Unassisted5–15–1Friendly
242018-10-10 [m 18] Cary Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago Start1.145 Lindsay Horan

5150.01005 4–0

5450.01005 7–0

2018 CONCACAF Championship

Honors

College

University of North Carolina

Club

Chelsea

North Carolina Courage

International

Individual

Dunn has been featured in Self Magazine . [53] In 2016, she starred with teammates Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe in a docu-series called Keeping Score broadcast by Fullscreen. [54] The episodes follow the athletes as they prepare for the 2016 Rio Olympics and address issues such as equal pay and racism. [55]

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