I'm pretty sure the fact that she was never getting a fair chance up top is what hastened Lauren Cheney's retirement. Winger and midfielder, and especially defensive midfielder were not her positions. She was a striker. A pure finisher. Crystal Dunn is not an outside back. Her wheelhouse has always been in the top two lines, creating havoc, pulling defenses apart, having a player or two to switch positions with. Hell, Kelley O'Hara was still playing up top for her WPS(?) team when she was moved to the back line with the WNT. The amount of putting square pegs into round holes with the WNT has always been mind-boggling to me. It's not a particularly new phenomena.