Thorns acquire game-changer Crystal Dunn in three-team deal


The Portland Thorns have Dunn it again.

In a three-team trade Thursday, the Thorns acquired 2015 NWSL Most Valuable Player Crystal Dunn.

“We are delighted to add a world-class player to an already talented group,” Thorns FC general manager and president of soccer Gavin Wilkinson said in a statement. “Crystal has proven herself on the international level and been a dominant player in the NWSL for many years. Her professionalism and presence will reinforce and add to the strong culture we have in this club.”

Dunn was traded from the North Carolina Courage, the team she played for this past season, to the OL Reign in exchange for goalie Casey Murphy and $140,000 in allocation money. Then, the Reign sent Dunn to Portland in exchange for allocation money, an international roster spot for the 2021 season, and a first-round pick in the 2022 NWSL College Draft.

Thank you @ThornsFC. I can’t wait.

Dunn said in a post on Twitter

Her new Thorns teammates welcomed the 2015 Golden Boot winner on social media.

This is Dunn’s seventh NWSL season. She began her professional career as the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft with the Washington Spirit and played the last three seasons (2018-20) with the Courage.

Along the way, Dunn has taken home the NWSL MVP award and the Golden Boot after a league-best 15 goal performance in 2015. She has also earned NWSL Best XI honors in 2015 and 2018, and appeared in 89 games (81) starts, and recorded 31 goals and 20 assists.  

As Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons said, Dunn is an accomplished player with a lot of experience under her belt.


“Crystal is a game-changer, and with her intelligence, dribbling, passing and finishing ability, she can unlock a game in a split second, while her defensive qualities and work rate make her as impactful off the ball as she is on it,” said Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons. “She has a winning mentality, a contagious personality full of positivity and the desire to be the best and make people around her the best.”

To add to her level of experience, Dunn is also a member of the US Women’s National Team. She’s made 104 total appearances, recording 24 international goals in the World Cup while adding 17 assists.