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Soccer’s Crystal Dunn talks with Long Island kids

Soccer star Crystal Dunn, center, who grew up

Soccer star Crystal Dunn, center, who grew up on Long Island, with Kidsday reporters Ruby Tirone and Julia Fortunato of Westbury, April 5, 2016. Photo Credit: Newsday / Pat Mullooly

Earlier this week, we met Crystal Dunn from the United States Women’s National Team. We went into the interview nervous, but as soon as we sat down to talk with Crystal, she made us feel comfortable and our nervousness went away.

Crystal even had questions for us about soccer and what type of music we listen to. After the interview we took a bunch of photos with Crystal, Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn. We left the house where the interviews were being held and headed to the soccer field to watch the team warm up.

Standing there in the snow — up in Connecticut, just outside Hartford — we could see the dedication that these players put into playing soccer for their career. It was such an amazing opportunity to be able to meet a few of the U.S. Women’s Soccer players and to interview Crystal Dunn. We had an amazing experience that neither of us will forget. Attending the interview was an inspiring, fun-filled, once-in-a-lifetime experience. All three players that we met were very nice and intelligent, and had no problem socializing with us. It was very cool to see that Crystal Dunn, who grew up in Rockville Centre, went to South Side High School and then onto the University of North Carolina. When she is not playing for the USWNT, she is one of the star players for the Washington Spirit.

The day after we met her, Crystal scored another goal for the U.S. team, and they beat Colombia in a “friendly” (or demonstration) match, 7-0. She is tied for the team lead in goals this year, with 8.

Their next match is Sunday, April 10, against Colombia, at 2 p.m.

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