Crystal Dunn

Crystal Dunn

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
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
2006–2009 Eastern New York Youth Soccer
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014– Washington Spirit 58 (19)
National team
2008–2009 United States U-17
2009–2010 United States U-18
2010–2012 United States U-20 33
2013– United States 45 (18)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 31, 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 13, 2016

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 National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). 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]

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

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][7][8]

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

Dunn attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and majored in sociology. As a freshman in 2010,[9] Dunn started 23 games and played the entire match 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 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.[9] 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.[9] 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.[9]

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.[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 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.[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 2-game 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 game-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]

Playing career


Washington Spirit, 2014–present

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 semifinal, 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 Sprit'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]

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)

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.[28] 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.[29][30] Dunn made her debut for the team, on February 13, against Scotland national women's football team in a friendly match;[31] and was placed on the roster for 2013 Algarve Cup.[32]

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.[33] 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.[34][35]

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.[36] Dunn returned from injury in December 2014 and traveled with the team to Brazil, but did not play.[37]

Dunn was named to the roster for February 2015 friendlies against France and England,[38] and made a substitute appearance against England.[37] 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.[37]

In September 2015, Dunn was added to the roster for the national team's Women's World Cup victory tour prior to September 17 match against Haiti, becoming the first player not on the World Cup roster to join the tour.[39] 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.[40]

Dunn played her first Olympic qualifying match 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.[41]

In the third group match vs Puerto Rico, Dunn tied for the most goals scored by a US player during a match, netting 5 goals and an assist during the game.

International goals

Location Opponent Lineup # Min Assist/pass Score Result Competition
1 2015-09-17[m 1] USADetroit  Haiti 90.Start 1.1 90+3 Heather O'Reilly

5550.05005 5–0

5550.05005 5–0

2 2015-09-20[m 2] USABirmingham  Haiti 90.Start 1.1 17 Megan Rapinoe

5350.03005 3–0

5850.08005 8–0

3 2015-10-25[m 3] USAOrlando  Brazil

off 60' (on Rapinoe)

1.1 45+3 Lindsey Horan

5150.02005 2–1

5250.03005 3–1

4 2015-12-13[m 4] USAGlendale  China PR

off 46' (on O'Reilly)

1.1 39 unassisted

5150.01005 1–0

5250.02005 2–0

5 2016-02-10[m 5] Frisco Costa RicaCosta Rica

off 68' (on Pugh)

1.1 15 unassisted

5350.03005 3–0

5550.05005 5–0

Olympic Qualifier: Group A
6 2016-02-15[m 6] USAFrisco  Puerto Rico 90.Start 5.1 6 Mallory Pugh

5150.01005 1–0

6050.10005 10–0

Olympic Qualifier: Group A
7 5.2 21 Christen Press

5350.03005 3–0

8 5.3 61 Alex Morgan

5650.06005 6–0

9 5.4 85 Meghan Klingenberg

5850.08005 8–0

10 5.5 87 Morgan Brian

5150.09005 9–0

11 2016-03-03[m 7] Tampa  England

on 67' (off Pugh)

1.1 72 Meghan Klingenberg

5150.01005 1–0

5150.01005 1–0

SheBelieves Cup
12 2016-04-06[m 8] East Hartford  Colombia 90.Start 1.1 27 Carli Lloyd

5150.01005 1–0

5750.07005 7–0

13 2016-07-09[m 9] Chicago  South Africa 90.Start 1.1 35 Mallory Pugh

5150.01005 1–0

5150.01005 1–0

14 2016-07-23[m 10] Kansas City  Costa Rica 90.Start 1.1 15 Meghan Klingenberg

5150.01005 1–0

5150.01005 4–0

15 2016-08-09[m 11] Manaus  Colombia 90.Start 1.1 41 Carli Lloyd

5050.01005 1–1

5050.02005 2–2

Olympics: Group G
16 2016-09-15[m 12] Columbus  Thailand

on 64' (off Johnston)

1.1 70 Becky Sauerbrunn

5650.06005 6–0

5950.09005 9–0

17 2016-10-23[m 13] Minneapolis   Switzerland

off 81' (on Ohai)

1.1 63 Lynn Williams

5250.02005 4–1

5950.09005 5–1

18 2016-11-13[m 14] USACarson  Romania

off 61' (on Horan)

1.1 45+1 Christen Press

5350.03005 2–0

5650.06005 5–0


Honors and awards



Dunn has been featured in Self Magazine.[42] In 2016, she starred with teammates Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe in a docu-series called Keeping Score broadcast by Fullscreen.[43] The episodes follow the athletes as they prepare for the 2016 Rio Olympics and address issues such as equal pay and racism.[44]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "PLAYER BIO: CRSTAL DUNN". U.S. Soccer.
  2. "Patrick Mullins, Crystal Dunn honored". ESPN. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  3. "Patrick Mullins, Crystal Dunn win Hermann Trophy". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  4. "Crystal Dunn wins MAC Hermann Trophy". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  5. 1 2 "SPIRIT FORWARD CRYSTAL DUNN WINS 2015 GOLDEN BOOT" (Press release). NWSL. September 7, 2015.
  6. 1 2 "SPIRIT FORWARD CRYSTAL DUNN VOTED NWSL MVP" (Press release). NWSL. September 24, 2015. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  7. "Repeat performers top the list". ESPN. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  8. "Soccer is Crystal clear for Dunn". ESPN. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  9. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 "Crystal Dunn BIO". – University of North Carolina Tar Heels Official Athletic Site.
  10. "Crystal Dunn's brilliance lifts Tar Heels". ESPN. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  11. "UNC's Dunn Wins ACC's Mary Garber Award".
  12. Lewis, Michael (January 12, 2013). "LI's Crystal Dunn won Hermann Trophy after excelling all over the field". Newsday. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  13. "UNC's Crystal Dunn wins Hermann Trophy for top Division I soccer player of the year". The Daily Tarheel.
  14. "Tar Heels Honored At 2013 ESPY Awards".
  15. "2012–13 Honda Sports Award for Soccer – Crystal Dunn". Collegiate Women's Sports Awards. December 11, 2012. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  16. "Dunn's Hat Trick Sends Heels Past Hurricanes".
  17. 1 2 3 4 5 "Dunn Among Nominees For 2013 Honda Award".
  18. "Dunn, Ohai Named To Hermann Trophy List".
  19. "Spirit Pick Crystal Dunn in NWSL Draft". ESPN. January 17, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  20. Hobgood, Cynthia (January 17, 2014). "Washington Spirit Select Crystal Dunn as the NWSL's Top Draft Pick". Black and Red United. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  21. "2014 NWSL". Soccer Way. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  22. Murray, Caitlin (August 25, 2014). "Solo, Rapinoe Push Reign Past Spirit in NWSL Playoffs Semifinal". Soccer by Ives. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  23. Goff, Steven (April 27, 2015). "Crystal Dunn shows scoring spirit in NWSL". Washington Spirit. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  24. "Spirit Crystal Dunn Voted NWSL Player of the Week". National Women's Soccer League. April 28, 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  25. "Dunn's hat trick lifts Spirit".
  26. "SPIRIT'S CRYSTAL DUNN VOTED NWSL PLAYER OF THE MONTH" (Press release). NWSL. September 3, 2015.
  29. "Sermanni Names 29-Player Training Camp Roster for First Matches of 2013". US Soccer. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  30. "Sermanni names 29 players to February camp". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  31. "U.S. WNT Wins Second Straight Against Scotland". U.S.Soccer. Archived from the original on February 26, 2014.
  32. "Sermanni Names 23-Player Roster For 2013 Algarve Cup". U.S.Soccer.
  33. "MatchTracker: US Women vs Iceland". US Soccer. Retrieved March 13, 2013.
  34. "MatchTracker: US Women vs Germany". US Soccer. Retrieved March 13, 2013.
  35. "USA win ninth Algarve Cup title". Fox Sports. Retrieved March 13, 2013.
  36. Hays, Graham (October 14, 2014). "CRYSTAL DUNN (KNEE) OUT OF WORLD CUP QUALIFIER". espnW. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  37. 1 2 3 Hays, Graham (August 27, 2015). "WASHINGTON SPIRIT'S CRYSTAL DUNN ONLY GETTING BETTER". espnW. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  38. "USWNT name roster for upcoming friendlies vs. France, England". Associated Press. January 30, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  39. "Defender Crystal Dunn added to USWNT victory tour roster". Planet Futbol. September 11, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  40. "WNT Defeats Haiti 5–0 at Ford Field in Detroit". US Soccer. September 17, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  41. "U.S. WNT vs. Costa Rica". Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  42. Bried, Erin (May 12, 2015). "Training With the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team". Self. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  43. "Fullscreen's 'Keeping Score' Follows Hope Solo & Other Soccer Stars On Road To Rio". Deadline. July 28, 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  44. "Hope Solo champions gender equality in gritty docuseries Keeping Score — exclusive trailer". Entertainment Weekly. July 28, 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
Match reports
  1. "WNT Defeats Haiti 5–0 at Ford Field in Detroit". US Soccer. September 17, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  2. "Lloyd Hat Trick Leads WNT in 8–0 Victory against Haiti in Birmingham". US Soccer. September 20, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
  3. "U.S. WNT Downs Brazil 3–1 in Front of Record-Crowd in Orlando as Lauren Holiday and Lori Chalupny Play Final International Games". US Soccer. September 20, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015.
  4. "WNT Blanks China PR 2–0 in Phoenix in Front of Record Crowd". U.S.Soccer. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  5. "U.S. WNT vs. Costa Rica". Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  6. "U.S. WNT vs. Puerto Rico". Retrieved 2016-02-16.
  7. "Dunn Strike Earns USA 1–0 Win Against England in First SheBelieves Cup Match". Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  8. "U.S. WNT Defeats Colombia 7–0 in Front of Record Crowd in Connecticut". Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  9. "Solo Records Historic 100th International Shutout In 1–0 Win Against South Africa". Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  10. "Strong Performance Propels USA to 4–0 Win vs. Costa Rica in Final Olympic Tuneup". Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  11. "USA Wins Group G with 2-2 Draw vs. Colombia at 2016 Olympics". Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  12. "WNT SENDS O'REILLY OUT IN STYLE WITH 9-0 WIN VS. THAILAND". U.S.Soccer. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  14. "USWNT close out 2016 with 5-0 win over Romania". SB Nation. Retrieved November 14, 2016.

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