WASHINGTON — Crystal Dunn has been in this moment before: the transition from the big, loud stage of a World Cup to the smaller, more routine one of a club team.
It can be difficult for players who haven’t experienced it before, and for players who have. And this time, Dunn’s transition came with being a new mother. She brought her 17-month-old son Marcel to New Zealand and Australia, and husband Pierre Soubrier made the trip too.
With all that the journey entailed, it was understandable that Dunn’s club, the Portland Thorns, allowed the family a short vacation on the way home — one that took place far earlier than anyone had planned. The U.S. women’s soccer team’s shocking fall in the round of 16 of the World Cup definitely wasn’t on the itinerary.
On Sunday, Dunn returned to the field for the Thorns in a visit to the Washington Spirit. It felt a bit like a family…