Is there a more versatile soccer player in the world than Crystal Dunn Soubrier? She is the starting fullback for the World Cup champions, the United States women’s national team, and a starting central midfielder for the NWSL champions, the North Carolina Courage.
Versatility is nothing new to Crystal, but only recently did she begin to embrace that as a positive attribute. In this episode of Kickin’ Back, we discuss her successful career to date, finding her superpower, silencing the doubters, and how she and her husband deal with working for rival teams.
Thanks to Crystal for Kickin’ Back for this fun conversation. We hope you enjoy it!
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Editing and production: Claire Watkins.
Here are rough timestamps of the topics Crystal and I spoke about in this episode:
5:30 — Why 2015 was a success despite being cut from the World Cup team
11:20 — The 2012 U-20 World Cup championship team and its place in history
19:30 — The college years, versatility. and the awards she holds dearly to this day (and her superpower!)
24:00 — Why she left Washington for London and a chance with Chelsea
29:45 — How the Courage have built an impermeable culture
35:00 — The 2019 World Cup, the quarterfinal assignment, and silencing the haters
42:30 — How she and her husband juggle working for rival teams