Crystal Dunn Shines for USWNT
Feb 2016

The Washington Post:

Crystal Dunn, a 23-year-old attacker for the Washington Spirit, tied a U.S. women’s national team record with five goals Monday during a 10-0 destruction of Puerto Rico at the CONCACAF Olympic women’s qualifying tournament in Frisco, Tex.

Dunn, the 2015 MVP in the National Women’s Soccer League, joined Brandi Chastain, Michelle Akers, Tiffeny Milbrett, Abby Wambach, Amy Rodriguez and Sydney Leroux atop the single-match scoring chart.

“It’s safe to say,” she wrote on her Twitter page, “that not very much can ruin my night.”

Her goals came in the sixth, 21st, 61st, 85th and 87th minutes as the Americans breezed through group play with three victories and a 16-0 goal differential.

They will play for an Olympic berth Friday in the tournament semifinals at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston (8:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, NBC Universo). Their opponent will be determined Tuesday (Trinidad and Tobago or Guyana).

With a semifinal berth already secure, Coach Jill Ellis retained only three starters from the previous two matches: Dunn, Spirit teammate Ali Krieger and captain Carli Lloyd.


Alyssa Naeher; Kelley O’Hara, Emily Sonnett, Ali Krieger, Jaelene Hinkle; Stephanie McCaffrey, Samantha Mewis, Carli Lloyd (Alex Morgan 46th), Mallory Pugh (Meghan Klingenberg 67th); Christen Press (Morgan Brian 74th), Crystal Dunn.

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