December 15, 2016
GUNNING FOR TWO AWARDS
Crystal Dunn nominated for CONCACAF women's player of year, women's Best XI
Rockville Centre, N.Y. native Crystal Dunn has been nominated for two end-of-the-year CONCACAF awards.
|Crystal Dunn has been nominated for not one, but two CONCACAF awards.
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Dunn, who plays for the Washington Spirit, was one of six United States players selected as a finalist for women's player of the year.
She was joined by Tobin Heath, the U.S. Soccer female player of the year, Carli Lloyd, the reigning FIFA women's world player of the year, Alex Morgan, Mallory Pugh and Becky Sauerbrunn.
The former Albertson Fury standout also was among 13 Americans on the ballot for CONCACAF Best XI.
Dunn, who performed in her first major tournament at the Rio Summer Olympics, earned the Golden Boot at the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship last February. She scored six goals, including five in one qualifier against Puerto Rico Feb. 15, becoming the seventh U.S. player to achieve that feat, joining Brandi Chastain (1991), Michelle Akers (1991), Tiffeny Milbrett (2002), Abby Wambach (2004), Amy Rodriguez (2012) and Sydney Leroux (2012)
In her three previous years combined, Dunn played in 20 games and scored four goals. In 2016 alone, she participated in 25 games and scored 14 goals, more than tripling her tallies from 2013-15. She also finished 2016 with eight assists, second most on the team and tied with Heath.
Perhaps her biggest moment of 2016 came at the Olympics when Dunn scored her first goal in a world championship. With the USA down a goal against Colombia Aug. 9 in Manaus Aug. 9, Dunn pounced on a rebound that fell to her while unmarked in the penalty box and the Olympic debutant finished into the center of the goal from close range.
In 2016, Dunn did not put up the same goal numbers in the National Women's Soccer League like she did in 2015, but she was a key player in the Spiritís first run to the league championship game where she scored both goals for her club in a penalty kick loss. Dunn was named to the NWSL Second XI.
CONCACAF Male Player of the Year
CONCACAF Female Player of the Year
CONCACAF Male Goalkeeper of the Year
CONCACAF Female Goalkeeper of the Year
CONCACAF Female Coach of the Year
CONCACAF Male Referee of the Year
CONCACAF Female Referee of the Year
Ekaterina (Katja) Koroleva
CONCACAF Male Best XI
Jozy Altidore - Forward
John Brooks - Defender
Clint Dempsey - Forward
Christian Pulisic - Midfielder
Bobby Wood - Forward
CONCACAF Female Best XI
Morgan Brian - Midfielder
Crystal Dunn - Forward
Tobin Heath - Midfielder
Julie Johnston - Defender
Meghan Klingenberg - Defender
Ali Krieger - Defender
Carli Lloyd - Midfielder
Alex Morgan - Forward
Kelley O'Hara - Defender
Christen Press - Forward
Mallory Pugh - Forward
Megan Rapinoe - Midfielder
Becky Sauerbrunn - Defender
CONCACAF Goal of the Year
Clint Dempsey vs. Ecuador (June 16, 2016)
Kelley O'Hara vs. Puerto Rico (Feb. 15, 2016)