Crystal Dunn Named NWSL MVP

Crystal DunnShe was the final player cut from the U.S. Women’s National Team prior to the 2015 World Cup, but Crystal Dunn did not let that disappointment have a negative impact.

Dunn, the star forward for the National Women’s Soccer League’s Washington Spirit, was named the league’s Most Valuable Player.

At 23, Dunn is the younger player to win the award in the league’s short history. Kim Little, then-24, won the award in 2014 and Lauren Holiday, then-25, was the 2013 recipient. She also won the Golden Boot award as the league’s top scorer.

The University of North Carolina graduate who hails from Rockville Centre, N.Y., finished the 2015 regular season campaign with 15 goals in 20 appearances; setting a new NWSL record with 0.75 goals-per-team-game. Her 15 goals in a single season rank second all-time, one behind Little’s 16 goals in a 24-game regular season in 2014.

She also led the league this season in shots (84) and shots on goal (48) to go along with three assists in 1,711 minutes – 89 minutes shy of playing every minute of the regular season.

On her Twitter account, Dunn wrote, “”This has been such an unexpected year with so many ups and downs. Even though this has been one of the hardest years in my career, it has also turned into one of my greatest achievements.

“The NWSL has provided me with a stage in which I strive to perform to my best ability for myself, my team and for my fans. Thank you to everyone who voted for me and to everyone in the league who has made me a better player.”