Crystal Dunn Says Being a Mom Helped Her Become a “Better Athlete”

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Crystal Dunn is a star on the soccer field, but at home, she’s settling into life as a mom. The athlete welcomed her first child, a baby boy named Marcel Jean Soubrier, in 2022 with husband Pierre Soubrier, and her life has changed for the better since then. “I feel like I’m a better athlete now, being a mom, because I have learned to really appreciate every little moment,” she told Just Women’s Sports in July 2023. “Every pass, every tackle, just every moment I’m on the field I think I look at differently.”

While Dunn told the outlet that she thinks she’ll be best remembered for her ability to play multiple positions, it’s seeing her family in the stands that will forever be embedded in her own memory. “Being able to see my son in the stands has been the biggest joy of it all, just knowing that you know I’m playing for something so much bigger than just me winning games,” Dunn shared. “I’m playing to be seen through his eyes. He doesn’t care if I miss a pass or lose a game. And I think that that’s really great. It gives me that comfort, knowing that I’m just out there doing the best I can and that’s really all that matters.”

Learn more about Dunn’s son ahead.

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