January 22, 2013
Rockville Centre resident named to U.S. women's camp roster for first time
It's been quite an incredible 11 days for Rockville Centre, N.Y. native Crystal Dunn.
On Friday, Jan. 11, the University of North Carolina standout was named the winner of the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy as the best women's college soccer player.
On Tuesday, she was named to the U.S..'s 29-player roster by new coach Tom Sermanni. It was her first National Team camp
The camp will prepare the team for its first two matches of the year against Scotland in Jacksonville, Fla. on Feb. 9 and in Nashville, Tenn. four days later.
Dunn, who played a key role as an attacking midfielder to spark the Tar Heels to the NCAA Division I women's championship last month, was named to the team as a defender.
In September, she helped the United States capture the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup championship as a defender.
North Carolina coach Anson Dorrance predicted that Dunn would go on to bigger and better things, even though she is only a junior.
"She will easily be a top draft choice next year when she graduates," he said of the new National Women's Soccer League. "My guess is that it won't be just the U.S. pro teams competing to get her. This girl will be an international superstar. She'll also be recruited by all of the top pro teams in the world, not just because of her versatility but because she is extraordinarily effective . . . Her impact will be further embellished by a long professional career, but also opportunities with the U.S. team and the Olympics."
Paul Riley, who coached Dunn on the Albertson Fury, had similar sentiments.
"She has potential to be in the squad over the next two years," he said. "She'll still be a young player. She will have two World Cups and two Olympic Games. She's that type of kid, too. She will keep her feet on the floor, keep plugging along like she's always done and she will be in a position to be successful. She trains very well, works so hard.
Dunn most likely was surprised by the call-up because after she won the Hermann, there were no thoughts in her mind of playing for the women's national side so soon.
"I probably wouldn't hear about that probably for another year or so," she said. "I have another year of college. I'm going to continue my normal routine. If I get a call, I get a call and I'll be super happy."
She must be very, very happy today.