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Crystal Dunn praises ‘courageous soul’ Alyssa Thompson following teenager’s USWNT debut

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Crystal Dunn has praised teenager Alyssa Thompson for making her USA debut in a ‘loopy surroundings’, after the 17-year-old stepped out for the senior aspect for the very first time in opposition to European champions England in entrance of over 76,000 followers at Wembley.

Thompson entered the fray within the 83rd minute, changing Megan Rapinoe – who’s 20 years her senior.

The ahead turned the youngest participant to make her debut for the USWNT since Mallory Pugh made her senior bow on the age of 17 again in January 2016.

“Lyss; nice, nice lady leaping in on the sector and it was unimaginable,” mentioned Dunn. “Clearly we do not see age if you’re stepping onto the sector with the US Ladies’s Nationwide Group, it is all about your grit and your willpower to maintain getting higher.

“What a courageous soul she is! It was a loopy surroundings for her to get her first cap in and he or she’s going to recollect this for the remainder of her life. I feel that is what’s actually superb – we’re pushing the usual for that to be the [normal] quantity of folks that come and assist these video games.

“So I feel she did properly; when she got here in it was a tricky ambiance to get into however I feel she did properly and I sit up for her constructing on her journey and hopefully being part of it as properly.”

The USA have been crushed 2-1 by England at Wembley because of a Lauren Hemp purpose and Georgia Stanway penalty both aspect of Sophia Smith’s well-taken strike. Trinity Rodman noticed a purpose narrowly dominated out for offside because the USA’s 13-game successful streak got here to an finish.

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