December 7, 2016
SHE MIGHT NOT BE QUITE DUNN YET
Crystal Dunn a finalist for U.S. Soccer female player of the year
BOYDS, Md. - Washington Spirit and U.S. national team forward Crystal Dunn of Rockville Centre, N.Y. has been named one of five finalists for U.S. Soccer’s female player of the year by U.S. Soccer.
|Crystal Dunn finished 2016 with 14 goals and eight assists.
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The other nominees are Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), and Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City).
Dunn, who played for the Albertson Fury during her youth soccer days, was one of two USWNT players to play in all 25 matches this year, recording 14 goals and eight assists. Her most memorable match of 2016 may have been on Feb. 15 against Puerto Rico when she scored five goals in a match. She became the seventh USWNT player in history to accomplish that feat. She also scored in the Olympics against Colombia, which tied up the group stage match for the U.S.
For the Spirit, Dunn scored four goals last year, including both goals during the NWSL Championship. She also registered career-best five assists while helping to lead the Spirit to its best finish to date (the team lost in the championship game to the Western New York Flash).
Votes will be collected from National Team coaches and staff, WNT players who have earned a cap in 2016, members of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors, U.S. Soccer’s Athlete Council, National Women’s Soccer League coaches, select college head coaches and select media members. The winner will be announced on ESPN FC Sunday.