Soccer

Former Tar Heel Dunn hoping for spot on U.S. National Team

Posted August 20, 2014

— WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary filled to the max Wednesday as the U.S. Women's National team faced Switzerland in an international friendly. All 10,000 seats were filled and one of the crowd favorites was on the field North Carolina's own Crystal Dunn, who is hoping to make the U.S. roster for next year's World Cup.

"I love North Carolina,” Dunn said “It's like home. I am really excited that the camp was here."

Dunn played her college soccer in Chapel Hill, winning a national championship with the Tar Heels in 2012. She was a four-year starter, four-time All-American, Hermann Trophy winner, nominated for an ESPY as the best female college athlete and eventually became the No. 1 overall draft pick in the National Women’s Soccer League by the Washington Spirit.

Now she's one of the young up-and-comers in the U.S. Soccer program hoping to solidify her spot in the coming year.

"I am really young,” said the 22-year-old Dunn. “I really hope I make this team. It's a great environment playing with the best players in the world."

Nineteen players are on the U.S. roster right now, including some of the biggest names in women's soccer -- Abbey Wambach, Carlie Lloyd and Hope Solo. All will all play in Cary tonight.

Dunn, who hasn't had much playing time with the national team having earned just nine caps, is already earning the respect of some of the world's best.

"Super athletic. Great player. Great work ethic,” Lloyd said of Dunn. “She's got some rare qualities that can really help our team out."

"For me, my future basically consists of soccer,” said Dunn. “I would hope to be playing this sport for a while longer. I really just hope to be a part of this team in the future."

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  • 903 wejustnotthatgood Aug 25, 2014

    View quoted thread


    too many years of losing and peeing in your pants got you down?

  • Alex25 Aug 21, 2014

    She too looks like a cheater...

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