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Pint-Size Crystal Dunn Reaches New Heights With U.S. SoccerSince rejoining the United States team in the fall, Crystal Dunn has scored 12 goals in 18 games. She has also reconfirmed her status as the team’s most versatile player. Having played as an outside back, an outside midfielder and a striker for the United States, and as an attacking midfielder for the Spirit, Dunn now finds herself having an effect at right wing. (New York Times)
UNC men's soccer remembers 'heart of the team' in Kirk Urso Memorial MatchOn the field where the late Kirk Urso played semi-professionally in the summers, the UNC men's soccer team honored one of its own. Urso made four consecutive College Cups and served as a captain for UNC as a senior. Urso left his mark on the program with a national championship in 2011, but Urso's impact was far larger on everyone he met. (Daily Tar Heel)
UNC men's soccer player Nico Melo sings national anthem ahead of Final FourWho would have thought being forced to sing at the 2015 Rammy Awards would send you to the Final Four?Certainly not North Carolina men’s soccer player Nico Melo, who did just that, singing the national anthem along with student-athletes from Syracuse, Villanova and Oklahoma ahead of the first Final Four game Saturday night. (Daily Tar Heel)
Sit-Down Special with Crystal DunnThe idea of following in Mia Hamm's footsteps is daunting enough. Doing so when handpicked by the American soccer legend herself? Now that's pressure. When Hamm approached Crystal Dunn about inheriting her No. 19 at UNC a few years back, the Tar Heels star balked. The 23-year-old has since played her way into contention for a starting spot with the U.S. national team. (Goal.com)
Pro soccer player, former Tar Heel Omar Holness says he's 'just grateful to be alive' after seizureReal Salt Lake midfielder Omar Holness says he's "just grateful to be alive" after suffering a seizure during his professional debut on Saturday. Holness, the fifth pick in the January's MLS SuperDraft, was 34 minutes into his first game on loan at RSL'S affiliate club Real Monarchs when he collapsed and was taken to a hospital. (ESPN.com)
Former UNC soccer player, Major League Soccer rookie Omar Holness suffers seizure during gameReal Salt Lake rookie Omar Holness suffered a seizure on the field in his professional debut Saturday night and was taken by ambulance to a Salt Lake Valley hospital, according to RSL communications. The 22-year-old Jamaican midfielder, starting in the Real Monarchs' 2016 USL opener, collapsed in the 34th minute against St. Louis FC at Rio Tinto Stadium. (Salt Lake Tribune)
MLS Opening Weekend Featured 16 Former Tar HeelsThe 2016 MLS season kicked off last weekend, and 16 former UNC soccer players were on opening day rosters. Houston Dynamo boasts four Tar Heels, followed by two each with Chicago Fire, FC Dallas, Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders. Columbus Crew SC, New England Revolution, New York City FC and New York Red Bulls each boast one player from UNC. (GoHeels.com)
Video: UNC Men's Soccer - Remembering Kirk UrsoThe Kirk Urso Memorial Match will take place on Sunday, April 9 at 7:30 pm from Macpherson Stadium in Browns Summit, North Carolina.
Crystal Dunn scores five goals, USWNT demolishes Puerto Rico 10-0The US Women's National Team destroyed Puerto Rico 10-0 on Monday in its last group stage game of Olympic qualifying, with Crystal Dunn stealing the show in Frisco, Texas. Yes, 10-0. And get this -- Dunn scored half of Team USA's goals. Five goals, which matched a USWNT record for most goals scored by a player in a game. (CBS Sports)
Sixteen Tar Heels Recognized For Earning 4.0 GPAs In FallSixteen UNC student-athletes finished the 2015 fall semester with perfect 4.0 grade point averages, earning A’s in each class. The group is spread among eight different teams and a wide range of majors. All will be recognized as members of the 4.0 Club at the annual Student-Athlete Academic Luncheon at the end of the spring semester. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heels Sign No. 1 Ranked Men's Soccer ClassNorth Carolina men’s soccer head coach Carlos Somoano announced the signing of nine student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. UNC will welcome in eight high school seniors and UCSB transfer Drew Murphy to the Tar Heel program. Both College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer rank Carolina’s signing class No. 1 in the country. (GoHeels.com)
Jonathan Campbell Named ACC Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete Of The YearUNC senior defender Jonathan Campbell has been named the 2015 ACC Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A business administration major with a focus in corporate finance and a minor in Spanish, Campbell was named to the NSCAA Scholar All-America First Team and CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team. On the field, he was a First Team All-America. (GoHeels.com)
U.S. Soccer Bestows Its Highest Honor On Anson DorranceFormer U.S. Women's National Team head coach and current UNC women's soccer coach Anson Dorrance has been named the 2016 winner of the prestigious Werner Fricker Builder Award. As U.S. Soccer's highest honor, the Award is given to an individual who has dedicated at least 20 years to the sport, working to establish a lasting legacy of soccer in the United States. (GoHeels.com)
Meghan Klingenberg a world-traveling starSuzie McConnell-Serio might owe one of her two Dapper Dan Sportswoman of the Year awards in part to the efforts of Meghan Klingenberg. Before she was a World Cup winner, Klingenberg was a star soccer player for Pine-Richland High School and knew what a hometown honor Dapper Dan was. So of course, she had to make sure the right person took home the hardware. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
UNC Helped Shape 2016 MLS SuperDraftNo college soccer program played a larger role in shaping the 2016 MLS SuperDraft than the Tar Heels from North Carolina. When the Chicago Fire took All-America defender Jonathan Campbell with the 12th pick in the first round at Baltimore’s Convention Center, that selection marked the third player from the 2015 UNC squad drafted in the first dozen picks. (GoHeels.com)