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Crystal Dunn ‘still on cloud nine’ after U.S. women’s World Cup title, return to NWSL

NEW YORK — Crystal Dunn’s World Cup gold medal hangs on the door of a closet near her bed at home. She left it there by happenstance, but when she wakes up, it’s right there in front of her.

That’s a pretty good way to start a morning.

Then she goes to work with her club team, the reigning NWSL champion North Carolina Courage. That’s a pretty good way to spend the rest of the day.

“I’m still on cloud nine. We just won the World Cup, and I’m so very happy we were able to accomplish that,” Dunn said in an interview during some rare down time this week. “I think it’s been easy to transition because my team is so high-energy about soccer, and it’s a great environment for me to be in.”

Dunn’s return to North Carolina comes with the bonus of being freed from playing left back, where she plays for the national team. It is not her favored position, and she isn’t afraid to say so.

But she’s quite good at it, and she knows it. As such, she realizes she might keep playing it for the national team. Jill Ellis is one of many coaches in modern soccer whose tactical playbooks include outside backs covering more ground than almost anyone else on the field. They charge forward to spur attacks just as much as they charge back to snuff out opponents.

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