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Who is Crystal Dunn?
2016 Olympian Crystal Dunn finished her UNC career by winning the Hermann Award, given annually to the top women’s and men’s college soccer players, in 2012. She led the Tar Heels to a national title that season and is the only player to win both ACC Offensive Player of the Year (2013) and ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2012, 2010).
Mia Hamm shares love of soccer at camp near Martinsville
Mia Hamm, once the face of U.S. women’s soccer, was back on a field Saturday to pass on her knowledge of the game. She and her former Women’s World Cup and Olympic teammates Kristine Lilly and Tisha Venturini Hoch brought their Team First Soccer Academy to the Smith River Sports Complex.
Allie Long's journey to the Rio Olympics
If this wasn't enough motivation, then nothing would do. While living in Houston at her fiancé’s parents for five months during the National Women's Soccer League off-season, Allie Long was always reminded as to why she was there. "They would have a Brazilian flag in their garage," she said. "So every time I would leave or come in I would see it. Just be a reminder, just motivated me."
UNC continues to stock the USWNT roster
Since the first Women's World Cup in 1991 every single WWC has had at least two former UNC players on the U.S. squad, totaling 43 out of a possible 143 spots. That averages out to six Tar Heels, or approximately 30% of any given roster, over seven Women's World Cups. That alone is impressive, but the trend carries over the Olympics too.
2016 Olympians with NC ties
Across the world, thousands of athletes train endlessly in the hopes of representing their country in the Olympics. As the 2016 Games in Rio draw near, more than 50 athletes with ties to the Tar Heel State have punched their tickets to Brazil.
Olympian Crystal Dunn fondly recalls youth in Rockville Centre
In an emotional thank you to the coaches, family members and friends who made her berth possible, Crystal Dunn, who will be part of the U.S. women’s soccer team in this year’s Rio Olympics, paid homage to her hometown — the place she moved to when she was 2 years old and the place that, despite a nomadic existence as a professional athlete, she still calls home.
Allie Long Fought Hard to Get Back into U.S. Picture
When Jill Ellis named her roster for a pair of United States women’s national team friendlies this past April, many fans raised their eyebrows at the inclusion of 28-year-old midfielder Allie Long. After all, Ellis had failed to name Long to any of the first three rosters of 2016, including the January camp, Olympic qualifying in February, or the SheBelieves Cup in March.
Heather O'Reilly pens gracious post after not making the USWNT Olympic roster
The U.S. women's soccer team announced its Olympic roster on Tuesday, and noticeably absent from the squad was three-time Olympian Heather O'Reilly. The 31-year-old midfielder did not make the 18-player team, but was named as one of four alternates who will travel to Rio.
Meghan Klingenberg’s role in the Olympics
Meghan Klingenberg proved she is capable of playing in big tournaments. She, as well as Ali Krieger, Becky Sauerbrunn and Julie Johnston, started every match in the FIFA Women’s World Cup last year. Klingenberg, even with her 5’2 stature, had the game-saving clearance against Sweden which helped put the USWNT on top of their group and make it to the knockout stages.
Crystal Dunn, Allie Long make U.S. Olympic women’s soccer team
Crystal Dunn and Allie Long have something in common. Both have had to overcome disappointments to realize their Olympic dreams. Dunn, a Rockville Centre native, was among the final cuts from the United States Women’s World Cup championship team last year. Long, who hails from East Northport, couldn’t stick with the team, and at 28, her soccer biological clock was ticking away.
Orlando Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris left off Olympic roster, named alternate
U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis said choosing a backup goalkeeper for the Rio Olympics was like splitting hairs. Ellis ultimately chose Chicago Red Stars keeper Alyssa Naeher to backup starter Hope Solo instead of the Orlando Pride's Ashlyn Harris.
Tar Heels Land Five On Full Women's Olympic Soccer Team Roster
Full team members are defenders Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg, midfielders Allie Long and Tobin Heath and forward Crystal Dunn. Alternates, who will travel to Rio de Janeiro and practice with the team as well as particpate in opening and closing ceremonies, are midfielder Heather O'Reilly and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris.
UNC's Katie Bowen Earns First Olympic Team Berth
Great news came recently for UNC women's soccer player Katie Bowen as she was named to the full squad for New Zealand for the 2016 Olympic Games next month in Rio de Janeiro. Bowen, a 2016 Tar Heel graduate, played on UNC's NCAA championship team in 2012 and earned All-ACC honors and All-America accolades during her time in Chapel Hill.
Crystal Dunn goal lifts USWNT over South Africa in pre-Olympic friendly
It was another win for the U.S. women's national team. On Saturday in Chicago in a friendly, the reigning World Cup champs beat South Africa 1-0 on a goal from talented forward Crystal Dunn in the second to last match before the Olympics. 35 minutes in, a fine cross from Mallory Pugh found the striker at the back post, and she made no mistake.
Veteran Heather O'Reilly battling for Olympic spot on youthful USWNT
Heather O'Reilly spoke with passion and conviction about the tricky challenge at hand. When it comes to the U.S. national team, she's seen it all. The New Jersey native debuted for the U.S. at age 17, then won Olympic gold as a 19-year-old spark off the bench. She was a Women's World Cup starter at 22 — and again at 26.