Crystal Dunn puts exclamation point on Thorns win over Gotham F.C. with first Portland goal

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On Sunday, as the Portland Thorns faced off against Gotham FC at Red Bull Arena, Crystal Dunn scored her 33rd goal in the NWSL.

It came in the 56th minute when Dunn launched a casual, left-footed rocket from the top of the box off a Meghan Klingenberg assist to give Portland the 1-0 lead. Simply put, the shot was magical. 

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The impressive goal wasn’t just the Thorns game-winner, it was also Dunn’s first goal in a Thorns kit. 

"It feels really special, obviously, the team played really well," Dunn told Nick Krupke of FOX 12. "Obviously, getting a win makes the goal feel that much more special, but yes it is my first goal as a Thorn and I'm just really, really happy about that." 

The World Cup winner and 2015 NWSL MVP was acquired last October in a three-team trade package that landed Dunn in Portland. She made her Thorns debut on April 21 as the Thorns defeated Cascadia rivals OL Reign 2-0.

Just over one month later, she’s fitting in well with her new teammates, and getting used to meeting her teams needs in the No. 8 role.

“Obviously it takes a little bit of time to settle into a new team, a new formation,” Dunn said after Sunday’s win. “I am playing the 8 which is different from playing the 10. So, I obviously get involved in the attack when I can, but I definitely have a little bit more defensive responsibility as an 8. I think for me, it’s just feeling the game out and doing what’s asked of me as a player and just trying to help my team perform.”

With the outcome, the Thorns snapped their two-game losing streak, and secured an important three points. Next up, the Thorns will return back home to Providence Park for their match against Racing Louisville FC. That match is set for Saturday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. PST.