Spirit pick Crystal Dunn in NWSL draft
The Washington Spirit on Friday selected University of North Carolina midfielder Crystal Dunn as the top pick in the National Women's Soccer League's draft.
Dunn, 21, earned eight caps for the United States women's team as a defensive player. She helped lead the U.S. team to the 2012 FIFA U-20 World Cup title in Japan, playing every minute of all six matches.
As a junior at UNC, Dunn won the Hermann Trophy as college soccer's best player, scoring five goals. She was named the 2013 ACC offensive player of the year as a senior, scoring 14 goals. Dunn was also ACC defensive player of the year in 2010 and 2012. She was the first player since Mia Hamm in 1993 to be ACC player of the year three times. She was named All-ACC all four years.
Expansion team Houston Dash took Dunn's UNC teammate, forward Kealia Ohai, with the second pick. Ohai and Dunn were teammates at the 2012 U-20 World Cup. At UNC, Ohai led the Tar Heels in goals, points and game-winning goals as a freshman.
The Chicago Red Stars took Santa Clara midfielder Julie Johnston third and Illinois midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo fourth. Florida State's Kassey Kallman went to Kansas City in the fifth pick, and Sky Blue took Penn State forward Maya Hayes sixth. Seattle used the seventh pick on Portland's Amanda Frisbie, and Boston took Michigan forward Nkem Ezurike eighth. Western New York took Stanford's Courtney Verloo with the ninth and final first-round selection.