Notebook: Crystal Dunn leaves Chelsea; Daly added to England’s SheBelieves Cup roster
The latest news from a busy weekend in women's soccer
Crystal Dunn is headed back to the NWSL and will join the North Carolina Courage this season. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/
Crystal Dunn is headed back to the NWSL and will join the North Carolina Courage this season. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/



Crystal Dunn has officially left Chelsea FC, the club announced Sunday.


The North Carolina Courage acquired the rights to Dunn, the 2015 MVP while a member of the Washington Spirit, in a blockbuster January trade. Dunn last played in the NWSL in 2016 before spending 2017 in England.


It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to leave Chelsea. However, the opportunity to return to the USA felt like the right decision for both personal and footballing reasons at this stage of my career,” Dunn said in comments shared on Chelsea’s official website. “I would like to thank everyone at Chelsea for understanding and will be cheering on the team for the remainder of the season and beyond.”



Dunn played in her last game for Chelsea on Saturday, a 2-2 draw vs. Manchester City.


Next up for Dunn, before being able to join the Courage in North Carolina, is the SheBelieves Cup. On Friday, Dunn was named to the U.S. women’s national team 23-player roster for the four-team tournament, which begins Thursday.


Houston Dash defender Rachel Daly has been added to England’s roster for the SheBelieves Cup, the Lionesses announced Saturday.


Daly, Manchester City defender Abbie McManus and Manchester City forward Georgia Stanway were called into the squad by new England coach Phil Neville following injuries to Steph Houghton, Jordan Nobbs and Karen Carney.


Daly, who has often played forward in the NWSL, is listed as a defender on Houston’s preseason roster this year, the same spot she occupies with the England national team.


England will play France in the opening game of the SheBelieves Cup on Thursday (4 p.m. ET, ESPN3) in Columbus, Ohio.



Washington Spirit forward Cheyna Matthews (formerly Cheyna Williams) announced on Saturday that she will miss the 2018 season because of pregnancy.




“I am already looking forward to the beautiful, yet challenging journey ahead and my return in 2019,” Matthews wrote in a statement posted on social media.


Matthews was drafted by the Spirit in 2016. In two NWSL seasons, she has scored eight goals in 38 appearances.



Mexico has named its roster for the Turkish Cup, which begins Wednesday.


Houston Dash goalkeeper Bianca Henninger, Sky Blue FC forward Katie Johnson and Sky Blue FC 2018 NWSL College Draft pick Kiana Palacios are among those called in for the tournament.



Mexico will play Latvia (February 28), Jordan (March 2) and Poland (March 4)



Nadia Gomes, the Orlando Pride’s only pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft, has been called in by Portugal for the Algarve Cup, which runs from February 28 to March 7.


It’s the first senior call-up for Gomes, who was selected with the No. 23 overall pick in January.



Also this weekend, Brazil named their roster for a two-week training camp that will run from February 26 to March 7.

Monica, Marta, Poliana (Orlando Pride), Andressinha (Portland Thorns FC), Thaisa (Sky Blue FC) and Debinha (North Carolina Courage) have all been called in.

Former Houston Dash defender Bruna Benites has also been called into the camp. She is currently playing for Meizhou Huijun FC in China after being waived by the Dash earlier this month.

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