After narrowly missing 2015 World Cup, Crystal Dunn is ready for France

Crystal Dunn was the final player cut from the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team prior to the 2015 World Cup. 

The news was a painful blow to Dunn, who watched from home as the U.S. went on to win the tournament for the third time. 

"I was in a low, low place," she told AOL.com of the days following the decision.

The forward didn't let her sadness keep her down, though. She still had a season to play with the North Carolina Courage and preparations to make for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. 

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"I went out and really tried to get back to the basics and perform for my teammates," Dunn said. "It was important for me to just reset and regroup."

Four years later, that hard work paid off, and Dunn is heading to her first World Cup to help the U.S. defend its title. The tournament is being held in France from June 7 to July 7. After a disappointing showing in Rio, where the U.S. failed to advance to the gold medal game for the first time ever, Dunn is looking forward to a different style of competition. 

"There's nothing like a World Cup," she said. "This moment is what girls dream of."

The team heading to the tournament this year, Dunn emphasizes, is a fun group to watch due to their creativity on the field and attractive style of play. The roster is rounded out by popular stars including Carli Lloyd, Julie Ertz, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe.

Once the whistle sounds to start the team's first match come June, it will be a rush of relief for Dunn and a culmination of four years of hard work to make it to that cherished moment. 

"It's important to go out and not take it lightly," she said of the World Cup. "Whenever I wear the U.S. crest, I always feel like it's such a true honor."

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Forward Crystal Dunn of the United States Women's National Team looks on during the game against Belgium at Banc of California Stadium on April 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. This was the seventh "Countdown to the Cup" game ahead of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, which kicks off on June 7th in France. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 30: Crystal Dunn visits SiriusXM Studios on April 30, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Forward Crystal Dunn of the United States Women's National Team looks on during the game against Belgium at Banc of California Stadium on April 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. This was the seventh "Countdown to the Cup" game ahead of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, which kicks off on June 7th in France. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Crystal Dunn #19 of United States Women's National Team dribbles the ball around Laura Deloose #22 of Belgian Women's National Team during a game at Banc of California Stadium on April 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)
COMMERCE CITY, CO - APRIL 04: United states forward Crystal Dunn (19) controls the ball in game action during an International friendly match between the United states and Australia on April 4, 2019, at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 02: United States forward Crystal Dunn (19) during the SheBelieves Cup match between the United States and England at Nissan Stadium on March 2nd, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Back Row:- Abby Dahlkemper Alex Morgan, Adrianna French, Tierna Davidson,Rose Levelle and Crystal Dunn of USA.Front Row:- Tobin Heath, Kelley O'Hara, Megan Rapinoe, Julie Ertz and Mallory Pugh of USA during the SheBelieves Cup match between The United States and England at Nissan Stadium on March 2, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. (Photo by Action Foto Sport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 02: Crystal Dunn #19 of the USA plays in the 2019 SheBelieves Cup match between USA and England at Nissan Stadium on March 2, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Crystal Dunn of The United States during the SheBelieves Cup training and media availability session at Nissan Stadium on March 1, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. (Photo by Action Foto Sport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Crystal Dunn (NC Courage) of USA controls the ball during the friendly match between Spain and USA at Rico Perez Stadium in Alicante, Spain on January 22 2019. (Photo by Jose Breton/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Crystal Dunn (NC Courage) of USA during the friendly match between Spain and USA at Rico Perez Stadium in Alicante, Spain on January 22 2019. (Photo by Jose Breton/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
United States defender Crystal Dunn (19) passes the ball against England during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
United States' Crystal Dunn, right, during the second half of an international friendly soccer match Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: Crystal Dunn, at ESPN's HEROES At THE ESPYS Official Pre-Party at City Market Social House in Los Angeles, California on July 17, 2018. Credit: Faye Sadou/MediaPunch /IPX
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