Chelsea Ladies Sign USA player Crystal Dunn

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Crystal Dunn joined Chelsea from Washington Spirit for the start of the 2017 spring season after lighting up the American leagues. A lively and versatile player, she has experience of playing in defence or midfield, and before joining Chelsea she was excelling up front or out wide.

The New Yorker turned professional in 2014 after a glittering college career and was the first draft pick in her native National Women’s Soccer League. She won the NWSL Golden Boot and Most Valuable Player awards in 2015, before helping lead the Spirit to the NWSL final and finishing runner-up to the US Soccer Female Player of the Year in 2016.

Dunn was already familiar with some of Chelsea’s England contingent after establishing herself with the US national team in the build-up to the Rio Olympics, memorably blasting a winning goal against the Lionesses into the top corner at the 2016 SheBelieves Cup.

By the time she joined Chelsea, her goal tally for the Stars and Stripes had reached 18 goals in 45 appearances. Scoring an equaliser from close range in an Olympic group-stage meeting with Colombia last summer is one of the highlights of her international career.