With the FIFA Woman’s World Cup less than just a week away, the United States Women’s Soccer Team (USWNT) is looking to win another title in this year’s tournament. This year, a new member joined the roster and her name is Crystal Dunn. The twenty-six-year-old defender from Rockville Centre, New York, had been a star since she first stepped on the field. She has grown into a skillful soccer player as her career has progressed, amassing many accolades on the way. She became a national champion in college, an MVP, and has now fulfilled her lifelong dream of making the United States Women’s National Team. However, it wasn’t always as easy as it seemed.
However, it wasn’t never easy getting to where she is today. Although she always showed her impact on the field by making the players on her team better, Dunn received surprisingly bad news after the 2015 Olympic team tryouts. She had been cut from the team and would not be able to participate in the FIFA Woman’s World Cup. Heart-broken and in shock about the decision, Dunn used this news as motivation. She wasted no time training to become a better player with the end goal of making the national squad for the 2016 Olympics in Rio and the 2019 World Cup team.
After making the 2016 Olympic team, but failing to medal, she feels the need to prove her worth with this year’s World Cup team. Through all of the adversity she had faced, she finally overcame her failure from 2015, inevitably giving her the confidence and motivation to get to where she is today. Her spot on the 2019 USWNT World Cup team proves that all her work has paid off and hopes to show the squad what they missed out on in 2015.
The United States will compete in Group F and will match up against Thailand on June 11th in their first match of group play. Watch out, they are coming for the cup!