Thorns make slick roster move

Portland throws money at Seattle for national star Crystal Dunn
Staff Report
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The Portland Thorns made national news Thursday when they announced the addition of midfielder Crystal Dunn from OL Reign in exchange for allocation money, an international roster spot for the 2021 season and its natural first-round pick in the 2022 NWSL College Draft.

Tacoma, Wash.-based OL Reign will receive $150,000 in allocation money upon execution of the trade.

“We are delighted to add a world-class player to an already talented group,” said Gavin Wilkinson, Thorns FC general manager and president of soccer. “Crystal has proven herself on the international level and been a dominant player in the NWSL for many years. Her professionalism and presence will reinforce and add to the strong culture we have in this club.”

The 2021 season will mark Dunn’s seventh season in the NWSL.

Dunn, 28, began her career with the Washington Spirit (2014-16) and played the last three seasons (2018-2020) with the North Carolina Courage. She also played with Chelsea in the FA Women’s Super League in 2017.

Individually, Dunn won the NWSL MVP in 2015 along with the Golden Boot, scoring a league-best 15 goals, earned NWSL Best XI accolades in 2015 and 2018, and NWSL Second XI honors in 2016 and 2019.

During her NWSL career, Dunn has appeared in 89 games (81 starts), recording 32 goals and 20 assists.

“Crystal is a game-changer, and with her intelligence, dribbling, passing and finishing ability, she can unlock a game in a split second, while her defensive qualities and work rate make her as impactful off the ball as she is on it,” said Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons. “She has a winning mentality, a contagious personality full of positivity and the desire to be the best and make people around her the best.”

Dunn has made 104 appearances for the U.S. Women's National Team, tallying 24 goals and 17 assists. She was part of the team that won the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, starting and playing 90 minutes of six of the team’s seven matches.

Dunn was also part of the US team that won the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2012.

She was the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NWSL Draft after playing at North Carolina.