Fox Sports has rolled out its flagship promo for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup — and front and center in the spot is Long Islander Crystal Dunn.
The Rockville Centre soccer legend stars in the 90-second video, together with teammates Megan Rapinoe, Rose Lavelle, Naomi Girma and others.
In the ad, fans from teams across the globe are unsuccessful in their efforts to take out the women’s U.S. national team. Dunn breaks a simulation in her cameo, while Lavelle takes out a drone and Rapinoe shakes off an other-wordly time travel scheme that tries to encourage a pre-teen Rapinoe to play tennis instead of ever taking up soccer.
Fox is expected to roll out an individual promo featuring Dunn soon. The veteran defender is among the 24 players on the U.S,. team’s roster for the World Cup, which kicks off July 20 in New Zealand and Australia.
Dunn was a three-time New York state champion with South Side High School, and is remember for scoring four goals in the first 20 minutes of the 2009 state championship. She converted from attack to defense in 2019 to help lead the U.S. team to its second consecutive World Cup championship.
Crystal Dunn is a winner at every level
She has played seven seasons in the National Women’s Soccer League, including the last two with Portland. In 2015, she scored a league-leading 15 goals and earned the league’s Most Valuable Player award.
Last fall, after giving birth to her first child Marcel in May, she returned to the pitch in time to help lead Portland to the NWSL championship. She also played parts of two seasons with Chelsea in the Women’s Super League I in 2017 and 2018, helping the club reach the quarter-finals in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
At North Carolina, she helped the Tar Heels win the 2012 NCAA women’s soccer championship and earned the Hermann Trophy, awarded to the country’s top college soccer player.
The ninth FIFA Women’s World Cup takes place July 20 – Aug. 20, across 10 stadiums in Australia and New Zealand. The U.S. team is slated to play in Group E, along with the Netherlands, Vietnam and a yet-to-be determined team.
Top photo: Crystal Dunn (Source: YouTube still)