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Crystal Dunn, Rockville Centre native, named NWSL MVP

Defender Crystal Dunn of USA brings the ball

Defender Crystal Dunn of USA brings the ball upfield against Mexico during the second half of an international friendly at RFK Stadium on Sept. 3, 2013. Credit: Getty Images

Long Island native Crystal Dunn is the 2015 National Women's Soccer League MVP, the league announced Wednesday.

The 23-year-old Dunn, a Rockville Centre native who plays for the Washington Spirit, is the youngest player in the three-year history of the NWSL to win the MVP. She scored a league-high 15 goals for the Spirit.

Dunn was the final cut from the World Cup champion U.S. women's national team. She rejoined the team on its victory tour and scored two goals in two games against Haiti.

"It is such an honor to be named NWSL MVP," Dunn said in a statement posted to her verified Twitter account. "This has been such an unexpected year with so many ups and downs. Even though this has been one of the hardest years in my career, it has also turned into one of my greatest achievements. The NWSL has provided me with a stage in which I strived to perform to my best ability for myself, my team and for my fans. Thank you to everyone who voted for me and to everyone in the league who has made me a better player."

Dunn was named Newsday's Long Island Player of the Year and the Gatorade New York High School Player of the Year in 2009 while attending South Side.

At the University of North Carolina, she won the Hermann Trophy for national player of the year during her junior year and was a finalist in her senior year.

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