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September 24, 2023

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

Crystal Dunn formally entered her name into the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Golden Boot race.

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The Portland midfielder scored her fifth goal of the season and notched her first assist of the year in the Thorns’ 4-0 win over the Chicago Red Stars.

Dunn is a defender for the United States (U.S.) but plays central midfield for Portland, frequently getting into goal-scoring positions.

Dunn won the 2015 NWSL Golden Boot as a forward and won NWSL championships in 2018 and 2019 as an attacking midfielder.

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“It doesn’t make me feel uncomfortable anymore. It makes me feel like this is actually my superpower,” she said recently on the ‘Diaspora United’ podcast about her position switch for club and country.

Portland currently has the best goal differential in the NWSL, despite sitting in second in the league standings.

The attacking output has been consistent, with standouts Sophia Smith and Olivia Moultrie contributing to goals in four consecutive games.


Gotham sits atop the NWSL table after last weekend as Lynn Williams’ scoring tear continues.

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Williams notched her fifth goal of the regular season Sunday in a 4-1 rout of OL Reign, which happened to fall on the striker’s 30th birthday.

Williams has been lethal within Gotham’s clinical approach in 2023, combining a classic defensive work rate with a new efficiency in front of the goal.

Gotham’s ability to turn the ball over has given the forward a number of opportunities this season, as seen in her well-placed strike in Seattle.

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