The FIFA Technical Study Group gave a big thumb’s up to Crystal Dunn’s performance at France 2019. (Matthew Levine/OutfoxedMedia Photo)
By Michael Lewis
If there were any doubts about Crystal Dunn’s performance at this summer’s Women’s World Cup, they were put to rest by FIFA.
The Rockville Centre, N.Y. native was named among the 10 best players by the FIFA Technical Study Group at France 2019.
Dunn, who performs at a play-making midfielder for the North Carolina Courage in the National Women’s Soccer League, was used as a left back by U.S. national head coach Jill Ellis.
Many members of the media and women’s soccer fans and observers were skeptical of the strategy, but Dunn dominated her position and foes while shutting down some of the world’s best right wings.
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She was among four players from the U.S. national team that were cited for their superior performances. Other were center back-midfielder Julie Ertz, midfielder Rose Lavelle (Bronze Ball winner) and forward Megan Rapinoe (Golden Ball and Golden Boot winner).
Other international players who were named were Lucy Bronze (England, Silver Ball winner), Jill Scott (England), Ellen White (England, Bronze Boot winner), Sari van Veenendaal (the Netherlands, Golden Glove winner), Vivianne Miedema (the Netherlands) and Sofia Jakobsson (Sweden).
“No previous edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup was graced by the overall level of talent and outstanding individual performances that were on show in 2019,” the report said.