Crystal Dunn: “I mean when you’re on a really, really solid team, it’s OK if you have an off day.” (OutFoxedMedia Photo)
CARY, N.C. — Crystal Dunn admitted she wasn’t in the best of form Sunday.
Yet, that did not worry the Rockville Centre, N.Y. native. The U.S. women’s international knew she had quite a team backing her up.
Dunn wasn’t boasting as her North Carolina Courage teammates dominated the National Women’s Soccer League championship game just about from start to finish in an impressive 4-0 win over the Chicago Red Stars at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.
“Honestly, to be fair, it wasn’t my best game,” said Dunn, who scored the Courage’s third goal deep into first-half stoppage time to give the hosts a stunning 3-0 lead. “I mean when you’re on a really, really solid team, it’s OK if you have an off day. I think everyone contributed.”
The former Albertson Soccer Club and Rockville Centre Soccer Club standout added the fourth gold medal to her burgeoning collection over the past 13 months. That includes the 2018 NWSL title, the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship crown and the Women’s World Cup.
Not too shabby.
The midfielder admitted she never dreamed the Courage would win this NWSL title by this margin.
“Not at all,” she told ESPN. “I mean, it is a final. We’re playing against a top team this year. We obviously did not think the score would be 4-0. We’re really proud on our effort.”
Dunn left the game midway through the second half after she turned her ankle, but that didn’t dampen her enthusiasm.
It was so hot Sunday — the high temperature was 80 degrees — that the game needed two hydration breaks, one in each half.
“It was a hotter day than we expected,” Dunn said. “We needed to share the load. We had four different goal scorers. I’ve always said this team is so hard to beat because how are you going to stop on this team? I think Chicago obviously is a great team. They gave us a run for our money, but we got up on them early and it really helped us in the end.”