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 0 (0)
National team
2008–2009 United States U-17
2009–2010 United States U-18
2010–2012 United States U-20 33
2013– United States 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 10, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 14, 2014

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]

Dunn attended South Side High School in Rockville Centre, New York, where 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[edit]

As a freshman in 2010—2011[7]

Dunn started 23 games, played the entire match 18 times; totaling 1,929 minutes. Dunn was team's leading player with 26 points: nine goals and eight assists. Dunn had four NCAA Tournament goals, a game-winner against Jackson State, a goal against Notre Dame, and two goals in a 3–1 win over James Madison in NCAA second round; shot 30 percent to lead the team with 60 percent on goal rate.

  • Soccer America Freshman of the Year
  • 2010 NSCAA first-team All-America honoree
  • Second-team Soccer America MVP selection
  • First-team All-ACC
  • ACC Defensive Player of the Year, the first freshman ever to win the award
  • Semifinalist for the 2010 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy
  • First-team Top Drawer Soccer All-Rookie Team choice
  • First-team Soccer America All-Freshman Team honors
  • All-Tournament Team at the 2010 ACC Tournament
  • First-team NSCAA All-Southeast Region squad
As a sophomore in 2011—2012[7]

Dunn started 19 games; missing only the Clemson game when she was training with the United States under-20 women's national soccer team; scored three goals and made six assists.

  • Third-team All-America by the NSCAA
  • Preseason All-America choice by Soccer America
  • First-team All-ACC selection
  • First-team All-Southeast Region by the NSCAA
  • Three times Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week during the 2011 season
  • Preseason All-America selection by Soccer America
As a junior in 2012—2013[7][8]

Dunn missed the non-conference phase of the 2012 college season; while playing for the United States under-20 women's national soccer team in Japan 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. Dunn helped lead the Tar Heels win the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. In the quarter-final Dunn scored both goals in a 2–1 win against top seed BYU, including a game winning "golden" goal within four minutes of end of second overtime; and also saved her team from trailing BYU when she headed the ball away from the Tar Heels' goal-line in the first overtime.

As a senior in 2013—2014

Dunn scored the first hat-trick of her career; ending Tarheels' 2-game losing streak, by beating Miami Hurricanes 4–0.[12] Dunn led UNC with 14 goals and 34 points, including six game-winning goals.[13]

Playing career[edit]


Washington Spirit[edit]

The Washington Spirit selected Dunn with the first overall pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft. [15]


Youth national teams[edit]

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.[16] 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.

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)

Senior national team[edit]

On January 22, 2013, Dunn received her first call-up to senior team's training camp, by the new coach Tom Sermanni.[17][18] Dunn made her debut for the team, on February 13, against Scotland national women's football team in a friendly match;[19] and was placed on the roster for 2013 Algarve Cup.[20]

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.[21] 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.[22][23]

Honors and awards[edit]


Dunn was born in New Hyde Park, New York, to Vincent and Rhonda Dunn and also is the sister to Henry. Dunn is a sociology major at University of North Carolina. She ran a summer soccer camp for inner city children in Queens, New York.


  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 "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 Crystal Dunn wins Hermann Trophy for top Division I soccer player of the year". The Daily Tarheel. 
  10. ^ "UNC's Dunn Wins ACC's Mary Garber Award". 
  11. ^ "Tar Heels Honored At 2013 ESPY Awards". 
  12. ^ "Dunn’s Hat Trick Sends Heels Past Hurricanes". 
  13. ^ a b c d e f "Dunn Among Nominees For 2013 Honda Award". 
  14. ^ "Dunn, Ohai Named To Hermann Trophy List". 
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  17. ^ "Sermanni Names 29-Player Training Camp Roster for First Matches of 2013". US Soccer. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "Sermanni names 29 players to February camp". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "U.S. WNT Wins Second Straight Against Scotland". U.S.Soccer. 
  20. ^ "Sermanni Names 23-Player Roster For 2013 Algarve Cup". U.S.Soccer. 
  21. ^ "MatchTracker: US Women vs Iceland". US Soccer. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  22. ^ "MatchTracker: US Women vs Germany". US Soccer. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  23. ^ "USA win ninth Algarve Cup title". Fox Sports. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 

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