USWNT star striker Crystal Dunn is leaving the NWSL for one of the biggest clubs in England.
Dunn, 24, has left the Washington Spirit to join Chelsea, where she’ll bring 45 goals, 18 caps, and the Golden Boot from last year’s CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament.
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She’s the latest USWNT star to eschew the NWSL for some time overseas, as Alex Morgan left Orlando for a half-season loan with Lyon.
Here’s what Dunn said to Chelsea’s official site after signing a deal through the 2018 season:
“It’s a big personal challenge for me but I am ready to take this next step in my career. Playing for Chelsea is a unique opportunity for me to take my game to another level and I think the moment is right.
“I’m going to give my all. It would be a dream to play in the Champions League and I am ready to help out the team in any way. I’m excited to join my new team-mates and join forces with them.”
Washington was a bit of a mess last season, and Ali Krieger has also left the club. The Spirit is also the club that played the national anthem early so Megan Rapinoe couldn’t kneel during it.
She played her college ball at North Carolina, where the Tar Heels won the 2012 NCAA title. Fellow American Matt Miazga transferred to Chelsea in 2016, but currently on loan to Vitesse in the Netherlands.