Crystal Dunn will cap a memorable year for her — on and off the field. (Matt Levine/Outfoxed Media Photo)
By Michael Lewis
Before the year is out, Crystal Dunn has one more goal to reach: Getting married.
The U.S. international is set to marry her fiancée, Pierre Soubrier on Long Island on Saturday. Soubrier is the head of sports medicine and performance for the Colorado Rapids.
The couple met at work when Soubrier was the Washington Spirit trainer and Dunn playing for the National Women’s Soccer League team.
“We met at work,” Dunn said in an interview earlier this year. “He was an athletic trainer and that’s where our paths crossed. Similar jobs. He loves the game. i always have this great support system because he’s just as passionate about the game as I am. Over the dinner table it’s definitely a good conversation.”
In fact, Dunn, who hails from Rockville Centre, N.Y., could very well have a cheering section for herself at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France because Soubrier’s family hails from Toulouse, France.
The three-time champions U.S. kick off the month-long competition against No. 29 Thailand in Reims on June 11, followed by No. 38 Chile in Paris on June 16 before finishing the group against the No. 9 Swedes in Le Havre on June 20. If the USA wins its group, it would play the Group B second-place finisher — most likely Germany, China or Spain — in Reims on June 24. The goal is the final in Lyon July 7.
Soubrier might be able to get some time off and root for his favorite soccer player.
“Yes definitely, and my future in-laws will be probably at all the games,” said Dunn, who played for the Rockville Centre Soccer Club and the Albertson Fury in the Long Island Junior Soccer League.
It’s been quite a year for Dunn, who played a vital role for the North Carolina Courage, which captured the Supporters Shield and the NWSL championship. She also was the starting left back on the U.S. national team that secured its eighth consecutive berth at the Women’s World Cup at the Concacaf Women’s Championship.