In a match for the USWNT in September 2014
|Full name||Crystal Alyssia Dunn|
|Date of birth||July 3, 1992|
|Place of birth||New Hyde Park, New York, United States|
|Height||5 ft 1 in (1.55 m)|
|North Carolina Courage|
|2006–2009||South Side High School|
|2006–2009||Eastern New York Youth Soccer|
|2010–2013||North Carolina Tar Heels|
|2018–||North Carolina Courage||18||(7)|
|2008–2009||United States U-17|
|2009–2010||United States U-18|
|2010–2012||United States U-20||33|
| * 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)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. In 2015, she won the NWSL Most Valuable Player and the Golden Boot awards, becoming the youngest player to win both awards, at age 23.
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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.
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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.
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.
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).
Dunn attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and majored in sociology. As a freshman in 2010,Dunn started 23 matches and played the full 90 minutes 18 times for a total of 1,929 minutes. She was the team's leading player in points with 26 including nine goals and eight assists. 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. 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. 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.
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.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.
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.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. Dunn was named the 2013 Hermann Trophy winner as well as the ACC Athlete of the Year and ACC Defender of the Year. Dunn was an All-ACC selection for the third straight year and an ESPY Awards finalist. She also was awarded the 2012 Honda Award for Soccer.
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.She led the team with 14 goals and 34 points, including six match-winning goals. Dunn was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year, NSCAA All-American and First-team All-ACC for the fourth consecutive year. She was a Hermann Trophy finalist and a nominee to Honda Award.
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.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. During the semi-final, the Spirit were defeated by regular season champions Seattle Reign FC 2–1 on August 31 in Seattle.
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.She was subsequently named NWSL Player of the Week for week 2 of the season.
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.She finished the month with six goals, earning her the league Player of the Month award.
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.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.
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.
On January 3, 2017, Dunn joined FA WSL 1 club Chelsea.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.
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.This move was confirmed by Chelsea on February 25, 2018.
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.Dunn has been named Player of the Week twice in the 2018 NWSL season, for weeks 8 and 13. She was named Player of the Month for the month of June. 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. 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.
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.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.
On January 22, 2013, Dunn received her first call-up to the senior team's training camp, by the newly appointed coach Tom Sermanni.Dunn made her debut for the team, on February 13, against Scotland national women's football team in a friendly match; and was placed on the roster for 2013 Algarve Cup.
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.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.
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.Dunn returned from injury in December 2014 and traveled with the team to Brazil, but did not play.
Dunn was named to the roster for February 2015 friendlies against France and England,and made a substitute appearance against England. 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.
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.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.
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.
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 ]
|North Carolina Courage||NWSL||2018||17||7||—||—||—||17||7|
|Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)|
|Location||Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred|
Sorted by country name first, then by city name
|Lineup||Start – played entire match|
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time
|#||NumberOfGoals.goalNumber scored by the player in the match (alternate notation to Goal in match)|
|Min||The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.|
|Assist/pass||The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.|
|penalty or pk||Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)|
|Score||The match score after the goal was scored.|
Sorted by goal difference, then by goal scored by the player's team
|Result||The final score.|
Sorted by goal difference in the match, then by goal difference in penalty-shoot-out if it is taken, followed by goal scored by the player's team in the match, then by goal scored in the penalty-shoot-out. For matches with identical final scores, match ending in extra-time without penalty-shoot-out is a tougher match, therefore precede matches that ended in regulation
|aet||The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation|
|pso||Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time|
|Light-purple background color – exhibition or closed door international friendly match|
|Light-yellow background color – match at an invitational tournament|
|Light-orange background color – Olympic women's football qualification match|
|Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament|
NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player
|Olympic Qualifier: Group A|
|Olympic Qualifier: Group A|
|12||2016-04-06||East Hartford||Start||1.1||27||Carli Lloyd|
|14||2016-07-23||Kansas City||Start||1.1||15||Meghan Klingenberg|
|Olympics: Group G|
|2018 CONCACAF Championship|
University of North Carolina
North Carolina Courage
Dunn has been featured in Self Magazine .In 2016, she starred with teammates Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe in a docu-series called Keeping Score broadcast by Fullscreen. The episodes follow the athletes as they prepare for the 2016 Rio Olympics and address issues such as equal pay and racism.
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