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USWNT star Crystal Dunn announces she’s leaving Portland Thorns

USWNT legend and Portland Thorns midfielder Crystal Dunn has announced she’s leaving the NWSL side after three seasons.

The 31-year-old Crystal Dunn announced on her Instagram page on Thursday that she has decided to leave Portland Thorns. She won the NWSL championship with Portland in 2022.

The post reads: “Rose City… My time in Portland has come to an end and I am extremely grateful for all the memories. This decision has weighed heavily on me for a while but I am ready for a new journey.

“To the Fans: Portland is a special place and that is truly, because of you. @rosecityriveters the energy you bring has created the most incredible atmosphere to play in and I will always remember those feelings. Thank you for your relentless support of the players as you continuously demand more. while pushing the boundaries that help this place grow. Your love for this team is special and undeniable.

‘Moments of great success and heartbreaking experiences’

She continued: “To my teammates: It has been an absolute honor sharing the pitch with you and hoisting some trophies along the way. Thank you for challenging me and pushing me to be my best every day. You have all played a huge part in my son’s life and I thank you for showering him with so much love. It really does take a village to raise a baby. I wish you all so much success in the years to come! Reflecting on the past 3 years, it is clear to me that trust and accountability are the basis for a strong and resilient culture.

“My time in Portland has held moments of great success and absolutely heartbreaking experiences. These moments have not only shaped some of the most challenging years of my career, but also me. I am walking away, knowing the woman, the mom, the teammate, and the friend I will forever be as I look ahead to my next chapter. I will always hold this city close to my heart. Thank you, for allowing me to meet the most resilient, authentic version of myself🌹.”

Dunn scored five goals and provided two assists in 20 matches for the Thorns in 2023. She is set to enter free agency this offseason.

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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