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About Crystal

Bio

Known as the team DJ, Crystal has arguably one of the best personalities in the game. She currently plays for the NWSL North Carolina Courage and USWNT. During the offseason, Crystal loves to spend downtime with her husband, Pierre.

POSITION
DEFENDER

DATE OF BIRTH
JUL 03 1992

NUMBER
19

HOMETOWN
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NY

TAR HEELS

A four-year all-ACC first team in college, Crystal led North Carolina as a freshman in 2010 with 26 points. As a senior at North Carolina, Crystal recorded the first hat trick of her collegiate career and was again a finalist for the Hermann Award. She scored 13 goals during the season and was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year. Crystal was the first player since Mia Hamm in 1993 to win the ACC Player of the Year 3 times and was also named to the All-ACC First Team for the 4th year in a row. After a successful collegiate career, on January 17th, 2014, Crystal was selected 1st overall by the Washington Spirit in the 2014 NWSL Draft.

PRO CAREER

World Cup Champion and the most versatile player on the US Women’s National Team, Crystal Dunn started every game in the 2019 Women’s World Cup, four years after being cut from the 2015 World Cup roster. Crystal not only helped lead the team to the championship, but she also played as a defender the entire tournament instead of her usual offensive position.

In 2015, Crystal played the best season of her professional career and finished the NWSL regular season with a league-leading 15 goals, giving her the 2015 NWSL Golden Boot and the league Most Valuable Player award. At age 23, She became the youngest player to win both awards and broke the league record with her 0.77 goals-per-game average. Crystal spent the first half of 2017 playing overseas with Chelsea Ladies FC to hone her skills.

Awards & Highlights

Accolades

  • CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament Best XI
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion
  • ESPY Award – Best Team
  • NWSL Champions
  • NWSL Shield
  • NWSL Second XI
  • IFFHS Women’s World Team
  • NWSL Champion
  • NWSL Shield
  • CONCACAF Women’s Championship
  • NWSL Best XI
  • Played overseas with the Chelsea Ladies FC
  • Rio Olympian
  • Featured in the Fullscreen Docuseries
  • CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament Golden Boot Award
  • NWSL Most Valuable Player
  • NWSL Best XI
  • NWSL Golden Boot Award (15 Goals)
  • Hermann Trophy Finalist
  • ACC Offensive Player of the Year
  • Hermann Trophy Winner
  • ACC Athlete of the Year
  • ACC Defensive Player of the Year
  • NCAA Women’s Soccer Champion
  • 1st Team All-ACC (3rd)
  • Honda Award
  • 1st Team All-American
  • National Player of the Year
  • ESPY Award Finalist
  • 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Champion
  • 1st team All-ACC (2nd)
  • 1st Team NSCAA All-Southeast Region
  • Preseason All-American
  • ACC Defensive Player of the Year
  • Soccer America Freshman of the Year
  • 1st team All-ACC (4th)
  • ACC All-Tournament Team
  • 1st Team NSCAA All-Southeast Region
  • New York Gatorade High School Player of the Year
  • New York State Championship (3x)
  • 1st Team All-State (3x)
  • Newsday Long Island Player of the Year
  • ESPN Rise Player of the Year
  • Mike Clark Award for Best Athlete in Nassau County