U.S. women’s int’l Dunn joins Chelsea Ladies FC

USA's Crystal Dunn (right) scores against Colombia during an Olympic Games match on August 9, 2016, in Manaus, Brazil. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

LONDON -- Chelsea Ladies FC announced Tuesday the signing of United States international Crystal Dunn.

The 24-year-old forward played the last three years with the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League, where she was named league MVP after scoring 15 goals during the 2015 regular season.

“It’s a big personal challenge for me but I am ready to take this next step in my career,” said Dunn. “Playing for Chelsea is a unique opportunity for me to take my game to another level and I think the moment is right. I have only been to London once before but there is something that grabbed me about Chelsea. The whole family culture - the unity, the morale - is making it feel just like home.

“I’m excited because Chelsea has a large fan base and their relationship with the men’s team alone is just incredible. I’m looking forward to the games and to seeing all the fans who come out and support and hopefully we can all help add to the growth of women's football in England. I'm going to give my all. It would be a dream to play in the Champions League and I am ready to help out the team in any way. I’m excited to join my new team-mates and join forces with them.”

The 45-time capped Dunn made her senior U.S. debut in 2013 and scored her first career goal in a 5-0 win over Haiti on September 17, 2015. She had three assists for the side that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.