Courage players named to National Team roster

NC Courage soccer stars Abby Dahlkember, Crystal Dunn and Lynn Williams will take part in an 11-day training camp later this month

Pourage forward Crystal Dunn battles for the ball during a NWSL Challenge Cup game earlier this year (Rick Bowmer / AP Photo)

Three members of the North Carolina Courage have been named to the 27-player roster for the U.S. Women’s National Team.

Abby Dahlkemper, Crystal Dunn and Lynn Williams were chosen by coach Vlatko Andonovski to participate in an 11-day training camp that will be the national soccer team’s first event in seven months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The camp will be held from Oct. 18-28 in Commerce City, Colorado.

“We’re looking forward to getting this group together in Colorado and we really like the mix of players as far as age, experience level and positions,” Andonovski said in a statement announcing the camp roster. 

“We are very aware that the players also have had different levels of activity over the past few months, so we’ll definitely take that into account as we run this camp. As we finally get back on the field, I know our players and staff are really looking forward to training together again.”

Dahlkemper is a 27-year-old defender who was a finalist for the NWSL’s Defender of the Year award in leading the Courage to its second straight league championship. She was also a starter on last year’s World Cup champion U.S. team.

Dunn, 28, is also an international veteran who, in addition to being the NWSL’s Most Valuable Player in 2015, played her collegiate career at North Carolina.

Williams is a 27-year-old forward who scored five goals in five games for the U.S. team in the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament last year.