If Crystal Dunn is not playing with the United States women’s national team as a forward in the next year of two, it will most likely be because she is playing on the team’s back line.
Dunn may be the most versatile player coming up through the youth ranks of the U.S. women’s program right now.
While Dunn has played for the University of North Carolina as a forward, attacking midfielder and center back, Dunn started at right-back for the U.S. team that won the 2012 U-20 World Cup this fall.
In the U-20 World Cup, Dunn’s fantastic play on the right side was crucial to the team’s success.
Dunn’s rampaging runs down the right flank tore apart opponent’s defenses.
When Dunn gets forward, she is dangerous because she can hurt a team in so many different ways.
She can put great serves into the box, she can knife through opposing defenses on the dribble and she can go in on goal herself.
Dunn assisted the game-winning goal in the U-20 final by beating two German defenders on the dribble.
As an attacking midfielder for UNC in the College Cup this fall, Dunn setup the game-winning goal in the semifinals and her move to from center-back to attacking midfielder during the NCAA tournament was key to UNC's success.
There’s little doubt Dunn will see her chance with the USWNT in the next year or two; the biggest question is at what position.