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Crystal Dunn

Position: Forward
Hometown: Rockville Centre, NY
Age: 26 (07/03/1992)
Height: 5-1
College: University of North Carolina
Last Club: University of North Carolina

The Spirit drafted Crystal Dunn with the 1st overall pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft. She had a banner 2015 season scoring 15 goals for the Spirit and was awarded NWSL Golden Boot, NWSL MVP, Washington Spirit Golden Boot, and Washington Spirit MVP. She was also NWSL Player of the Week a record six times and NWSL Player of the Month for August. Dunn was named to NWSL Best XI and averaged 0.75 goals per team game, a new NWSL record. In 2016, Dunn scored four goals and had a career high five assists.

Dunn is a U.S. Women’s Allocated Player for the Spirit. She was a key member of the Under-20 team that won the Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan in 2012, where she had three assists. Dunn made her debut for the senior U.S. National Team in 2013.  She scored her first career international goal on September 17th 2015. The forward was a member of the 2016 United States Olympic team, scoring a goal against Colombia in a group stage match.


United States National Team: 2016: A member of the 2016 United States Olympic team…scored her first Olympic goal against Colombia in final group stage match…2015: Played against England as a substitute on 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 …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.

Professional:  2016: Played in 13 regular season matches, starting 12, plus both post season matches…scored two goals during the regular season and both of the Spirit’s goals in the NWSL Championship…had a career high five assists…named to NWSL Second Best XI 2015: Scored 15 goals for the Spirit, the most of any player in the NWSL… NWSL Golden Boot…NWSL MVP, and at 23, became the youngest MVP in the history of the league…Washington Spirit Golden Boot…Washington Spirit MVP…NWSL Player of the Week a record six times…NWSL Player of the Month for August…Named to NWSL Best XI…Averaged 0.75 goals per team game, a new NWSL record…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 … Led the league in shots (84) and shots on goal (48) 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

College: In 2010, Dunn won national rookie of the year honors her freshman year at UNC. Throughout her youth career Dunn, mostly played forward and midfield and began playing defense for the U.S. As a junior at the University of North Carolina, 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 their 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. As a sophomore, she played in 19 of UNC’s 20 games while scoring three goals with six assists. A 2010 NSCAA First-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 … 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 in 18 games.

High School/Youth: 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 & 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 … Score 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.