(born October 4
in Olympia, Washington
) is a retired U.S. soccer forward
. He was the 1994 American Professional Soccer League
and the 1996-1997 National Professional Soccer League
Rookies of the Year. He also earned three caps
with the U.S. national team
in 1994. He now lives in Arizona with his wife and three kids.
High school and college
Dunn grew up in Olympia, Washington
where he attended North Thurston High School
. During his four seasons at North Thurston, Dunn was a four time all state soccer player. As a senior, the team won the Washington State championship. Dunn was selected as an All American his senior season. Dunn graduated in 1990.
In 1991, Dunn, and his twin brother, James, entered Seattle Pacific University. Over his three seasons with the NCAA Division II Falcons, Jason became a prolific scorer, earning first team All American recognition in 1992 and 1993. In 1993, the Falcons won the Division II championship. In his last season, he also served as an assistant coach to Cliff McCrath along with his brother James.
On March 30, 1994, Dunn became the first player to sign with the expansion Seattle Sounders
of the American Professional Soccer League
(APSL). That year, he scored ten goals in twenty-two games, earning APSL Rookie of the Year and second team All Star honors. He repeated as a second team All Star in 1995, as he scored seven goals in twenty-five games.
In 1996, Dunn signed with the Wichita Wings
of the indoor National Professional Soccer League
(NPSL). He was selected the 1996-1997 NPSL Rookie of the Year. Over five seasons, he scored 265 goals in 178 games, his best season coming in 1999-2000 when he scored ninety-five goals in forty-four games. That season, he was a first team NPSL All Star. Dunn was injured during the 2000-2001 season, limited him to only eighteen games. At the end of the season, Dunn moved to the Harrisburg Heat
of Major Indoor Soccer League
(MISL), but appeared in only twelve games before retiring from playing professionally.
In 1997, Dunn had also spent a single season with the Seattle SeaDogs of the Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL), which played during the summer.
After his outstanding rookie season with the Seattle Sounders
, Dunn was called up for three national team
games that fall. He earned his first cap
in a 1-0 loss to Trinidad and Tobago
on November 19, 1994 when he came on for Jovan Kirovski
at the 61st minute. Three days later, he again came on for Kirovski, this time at halftime, in a 3-0 win over Jamaica
. Dunn’s last cap came in a 1-1 tie with Honduras
on December 11, 1994. While Dunn started, he came off for Nelson Vargas