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Olympian Crystal Dunn fondly recalls youth in Rockville Centre

In an emotional thank you to the coaches, family members and friends who made her berth possible, Crystal Dunn, who will be part of the U.S. women’s soccer team in this year’s Rio Olympics, paid homage to her hometown — the place she moved to when she was 2 years old and the place that, despite a nomadic existence as a professional athlete, she still calls home. (Newsday)

Allie Long Fought Hard to Get Back into U.S. Picture

When Jill Ellis named her roster for a pair of United States women’s national team friendlies this past April, many fans raised their eyebrows at the inclusion of 28-year-old midfielder Allie Long. After all, Ellis had failed to name Long to any of the first three rosters of 2016, including the January camp, Olympic qualifying in February, or the SheBelieves Cup in March. (American Soccer Now)

Heather O'Reilly pens gracious post after not making the USWNT Olympic roster

The U.S. women's soccer team announced its Olympic roster on Tuesday, and noticeably absent from the squad was three-time Olympian Heather O'Reilly. The 31-year-old midfielder did not make the 18-player team, but was named as one of four alternates who will travel to Rio. (ESPN.com)

Meghan Klingenberg’s role in the Olympics

Meghan Klingenberg proved she is capable of playing in big tournaments. She, as well as Ali Krieger, Becky Sauerbrunn and Julie Johnston, started every match in the FIFA Women’s World Cup last year. Klingenberg, even with her 5’2 stature, had the game-saving clearance against Sweden which helped put the USWNT on top of their group and make it to the knockout stages. (Pittsburgh Sporting News)

Crystal Dunn, Allie Long make U.S. Olympic women’s soccer team

Crystal Dunn and Allie Long have something in common. Both have had to overcome disappointments to realize their Olympic dreams. Dunn, a Rockville Centre native, was among the final cuts from the United States Women’s World Cup championship team last year. Long, who hails from East Northport, couldn’t stick with the team, and at 28, her soccer biological clock was ticking away. (Newsday)

Orlando Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris left off Olympic roster, named alternate

U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis said choosing a backup goalkeeper for the Rio Olympics was like splitting hairs. Ellis ultimately chose Chicago Red Stars keeper Alyssa Naeher to backup starter Hope Solo instead of the Orlando Pride's Ashlyn Harris. (Orlando Sentinel)

Tar Heels Land Five On Full Women's Olympic Soccer Team Roster

Full team members are defenders Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg, midfielders Allie Long and Tobin Heath and forward Crystal Dunn. Alternates, who will travel to Rio de Janeiro and practice with the team as well as particpate in opening and closing ceremonies, are midfielder Heather O'Reilly and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. (GoHeels.com)

UNC's Katie Bowen Earns First Olympic Team Berth

Great news came recently for UNC women's soccer player Katie Bowen as she was named to the full squad for New Zealand for the 2016 Olympic Games next month in Rio de Janeiro. Bowen, a 2016 Tar Heel graduate, played on UNC's NCAA championship team in 2012 and earned All-ACC honors and All-America accolades during her time in Chapel Hill. (GoHeels.com)

Crystal Dunn goal lifts USWNT over South Africa in pre-Olympic friendly

It was another win for the U.S. women's national team. On Saturday in Chicago in a friendly, the reigning World Cup champs beat South Africa 1-0 on a goal from talented forward Crystal Dunn in the second to last match before the Olympics. 35 minutes in, a fine cross from Mallory Pugh found the striker at the back post, and she made no mistake. (CBS Sports)

Veteran Heather O'Reilly battling for Olympic spot on youthful USWNT

Heather O'Reilly spoke with passion and conviction about the tricky challenge at hand. When it comes to the U.S. national team, she's seen it all. The New Jersey native debuted for the U.S. at age 17, then won Olympic gold as a 19-year-old spark off the bench. She was a Women's World Cup starter at 22 — and again at 26. (Goal.com)

Heather O'Reilly proud to support U.S. Deaf Women's National Team

Our NWSL team, FC Kansas City, recently had the opportunity to train alongside the USDWNT. The team is as diverse as any we have ever seen with respect to age and experience, and when you dig to the core of the team, we are the same. (ESPN.com)

Tar Heel Top 25 Wins in 2015-16: No. 20-No. 16

No. 17: No. 13 Carolina 15, No. 2 South Carolina 0 - Baseball, April 13, 2016: The Tar Heels put it all together in one of its highest-profile games of the year, smashing border rival South Carolina 15-0 at Charlotte's BB&T Ballpark in front of the largest crowd ever to watch a regular-season game in the Tar Heel state. (GoHeels.com)

Twenty-Four Tar Heels Earned Perfect Grades In Spring

Twenty-four UNC student-athletes earned perfect 4.0 grade point averages for the 2016 spring semester. Among them are three Tar Heels who were also national champions this spring: women’s lacrosse team members Kelly Devlin, Mallory Frysinger and Elizabeth Haus. Three other student-athletes had perfect 4.0 GPAs in both the fall and spring semesters. (GoHeels.com)

Crystal Dunn still evolving ahead of Olympics

Crystal Dunn is the reigning National Women’s Soccer League MVP, but to call the Washington Spirit forward’s game a finished product is to ignore the enormity of her potential. At just 23 years old -- and fresh off a 15-goal NWSL campaign -- Dunn’s ceiling is as high as any player in women’s soccer. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)

UNC 7th In Learfield Directors' Cup Final Standings

UNC finished seventh in the final 2015-16 Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, Carolina’s 19th top-10 finish in the 23-year history of the award and the 17th time the Tar Heels led all ACC schools. The Directors’ Cup measures NCAA post-season competitive success and awards points to a maximum of 10 men’s and 10 women’s programs per school. (GoHeels.com)

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