Crystal Dunn

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Crystal Dunn
Crystal Dunn USWNTvsMEX (cropped).JPG
In a match for the USWNT against Mexico in September, 2014
Personal information
Full name Crystal Alyssia Dunn
Date of birth (1992-07-03) July 3, 1992 (age 22)
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
Washington Spirit
Number 19
Youth career
2006-2009 South Side High School
2010–2013 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014- Washington Spirit 23 (3)
National team
2008–2009 United States U-17
2009–2010 United States U-18
2010–2012 United States U-20 33
2013– United States 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 28, 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 4, 2015

Crystal Alyssia Dunn (born July 3, 1992)[1] is an American soccer player for the U.S. Women's National Team and for the Washington Spirit of the NWSL. She was a member of the team that won Japan 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, a member of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels women's soccer team, and was the recipient of 2012 Hermann Trophy.[2][3][4] 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.

Early life[edit]

Born in New Hyde Park, New York, to Vincent and Rhonda Dunn, 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 games 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 game, she scored four goals and had a hat trick in the first 20 minutes of the match.[1][5][6]

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 selcection. 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, 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[edit]

Dunn attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and majored in sociology. As a freshman in 2010,[7] Dunn started 23 games and played the entire match 18 times for a total of 1,929 minutes.[7] She was the team's leading player in points with 26 including nine goals and eight assists.[7] she scored four goals during the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship including a game-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.[7] Her accolades during her freshman 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.[7] She was the first freshman to ever win the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award and was a semifinalist for the 2010 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy.[7]

As a sophomore in 2011, Dunn started 19 games 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.[7] 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.[7]

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.[7] During the tournament's quarter-final, Dunn scored both goals in a 2–1 win against top-seed team BYU, including a game-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.[7][8] Dunn was named the 2013 Hermann Trophy winner as well as the ACC Athlete of the Year and ACC Defender of the Year.[9][10][11] Dunn was an All-ACC selection for the third straight year and an ESPY Awards finalist.[12] She also was awarded the 2012 Honda Award for Soccer.[13]

During her senior-year season in 2013, Dunn scored the first hat-trick of her collegiate career ending a 2-game losing streak for the Tar Heels after defeating the Miami Hurricanes 4–0.[14] She led the team with 14 goals and 34 points, including six game-winning goals.[15] Dunn was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year,[15] NSCAA All-American and First-team All-ACC for the fourth consecutive year.[15] She was a Hermann Trophy finalist[15][16] and a nominee to Honda Award.[15]

Playing career[edit]


Washington Spirit, 2014-present[edit]

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.[17][18] 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.[19] During the semifinal, the Spirit were defeated by regular season champions Seattle Reign FC 2-1 on August 31 in Seattle.[20]

Dunn returned to the Spirit for the 2015 season. On April 26, 2014, she scored two goals while playing in the defender position in a match against Sky Blue FC helping the Spirit win 3-1.[21] She was subsequently named NWSL Player of the Week for week 2 of the season.[22]


Youth national teams, 2008-2012[edit]

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 leaders in number of caps played.[23] 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[edit]

On January 22, 2013, Dunn received her first call-up to the senior team's training camp, by the new coach Tom Sermanni.[24][25] Dunn made her debut for the team, on February 13, against Scotland national women's football team in a friendly match;[26] and was placed on the roster for 2013 Algarve Cup.[27]

2013 Algarve Cup[edit]

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.[28] 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.[29][30]

Honors and awards[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "PLAYER BIO: CRSTAL DUNN". U.S. Soccer. 
  2. ^ "Patrick Mullins, Crystal Dunn honored". ESPN. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Patrick Mullins, Crystal Dunn win Hermann Trophy". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Crystal Dunn wins MAC Hermann Trophy". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Repeat performers top the list". ESPN. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Soccer is Crystal clear for Dunn". ESPN. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Crystal Dunn BIO". – University of North Carolina Tar Heels Official Athletic Site. 
  8. ^ "Crystal Dunn's brilliance lifts Tar Heels". ESPN. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "UNC's Dunn Wins ACC's Mary Garber Award". 
  10. ^ Lewis, Michael (January 12, 2013). "LI's Crystal Dunn won Hermann Trophy after excelling all over the field". Newsday. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "UNC’s Crystal Dunn wins Hermann Trophy for top Division I soccer player of the year". The Daily Tarheel. 
  12. ^ "Tar Heels Honored At 2013 ESPY Awards". 
  13. ^ "2012-13 Honda Sports Award for Soccer – Crystal Dunn". Collegiate Women's Sports Awards. December 11, 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "Dunn’s Hat Trick Sends Heels Past Hurricanes". 
  15. ^ a b c d e "Dunn Among Nominees For 2013 Honda Award". 
  16. ^ "Dunn, Ohai Named To Hermann Trophy List". 
  17. ^ "Spirit Pick Crystal Dunn in NWSL Draft". ESPN. January 17, 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  18. ^ Hobgood, Cynthia (January 17, 2014). "Washington Spirit Select Crystal Dunn as the NWSL’s Top Draft Pick". Black and Red United. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  19. ^ "2014 NWSL". Soccer Way. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  20. ^ Murray, Caitlin (August 25, 2014). "Solo, Rapinoe Push Reign Past Spirit in NWSL Playoffs Semifinal". Soccer by Ives. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  21. ^ Goff, Steven (April 27, 2015). "Crystal Dunn shows scoring spirit in NWSL". Washington Spirit. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  22. ^ "Spirit Crystal Dunn Voted NWSL Player of the Week". National Women's Soccer League. April 28, 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  23. ^
  24. ^ "Sermanni Names 29-Player Training Camp Roster for First Matches of 2013". US Soccer. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  25. ^ "Sermanni names 29 players to February camp". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  26. ^ "U.S. WNT Wins Second Straight Against Scotland". U.S.Soccer. 
  27. ^ "Sermanni Names 23-Player Roster For 2013 Algarve Cup". U.S.Soccer. 
  28. ^ "MatchTracker: US Women vs Iceland". US Soccer. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  29. ^ "MatchTracker: US Women vs Germany". US Soccer. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  30. ^ "USA win ninth Algarve Cup title". Fox Sports. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 

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