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Crystal Dunn overcomes disappointment to be an important part of the U.S. women's soccer team

Crystal Dunn overcomes disappointment to be an important part of the U.S. women's soccer team

Crystal Dunn's life changed with a phone call.

Jill Ellis, coach of the U.S. national team, was ringing Dunn to tell her she hadn't made the team for the Women's World Cup. And although Dunn understood the words, she had trouble grasping their meaning.

"I can't even tell you the last time I didn't make a team," said Dunn, who was the last player cut.

Her career had been an unbroken string of accomplishment. She won an NCAA title at North Carolina and the Hermann Trophy as the top player in college soccer. She was a U-20 world champion.

Now she was being told she wasn't good enough. If the snub was painful, it was also transformative.

"The way I...

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