Crystal Dunn and Chelsea lost to Birmingham City in the semifinals. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)

The Chelsea Ladies FC and Crystal Dunn fell short of reaching the English Women’s FA Cup Monday, losing to Birmingham City in a shootout.

City won the penalty-kick tiebreaker, 4-2, after the teams played to a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes of regulation and extratime.

Dunn, a Rockville Centre, N.Y. resident, enjoyed an active game, but was not called on by coach Emma Hayes in the shootout.

Birmingham goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger made life difficult for Dunn and her teammates. After Dunn’s weaving run beat two defenders, Berger palmed away her attempt.

When Chelsea was trailing 1-0 in the second half, Dunn sent Maren Mjelde on goal, but Berger arguably made her best save of the match.

Meaghan Sargeant’s header lifted Birmingham into the lead in the 64th minute before Drew Spence equalized for Chelsea in the 88th minute.

Birmingham City will meet Manchester City and U.S. international Carli Lloyd in the final at Wembley May 13. The MC Ladies defeated Liverpool, 1-0, Sunday. Lloyd started but did not figure in the scoring.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at