Boxall with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2011
|Full name||Michael Joseph Boxall|
|Date of birth||18 August 1988|
|Place of birth||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Playing position||Center back|
|Current club||Wellington Phoenix|
|2007||Three Kings United|
|2007–2010||UC Santa Barbara Gauchos|
|2011–2012||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||19||(0)|
|2011||→ Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 (loan)||1||(0)|
|2012||→ Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 (loan)||2||(1)|
|2013||→ Oakleigh Cannons (loan)||11||(1)|
|2005–2007||New Zealand U20||14||(0)|
|2007–2008||New Zealand U23||12||(1)|
|2006||New Zealand A||2||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Early career in New Zealand
For high school, Boxall attended and played for Mount Albert Grammar School. With Boxall anchoring the defence, Mount Albert won the league title in 2004 and 2005 and placed first at the national tournament in 2005. In his senior season in 2006, Boxall was named the team captain. He led the team to a second Knockout Cup title in three years. They also went to the Auckland Secondary School Soccer Association Championship. Mt. Albert went on to finish second at nationals that year.
Boxall played for a number of teams in his native New Zealand. He played on multiple club teams including Central United, Ellerslie, and Auckland City. With Central United, Boxall led the team to the 2007 Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier title. In addition, Boxall won the NZFC with Auckland City. He was named the Auckland City Young Player of the Year with Central United in 2006 and then again with Auckland City F.C. in 2007.
Boxall was recruited to play college soccer at the University of California, Santa Barbara by head coach Tim Vom Steeg. He followed in the New Zealand tradition at Santa Barbara, following former players Tony Lochhead and Neil Jones, both of whom have received senior international caps after appearing for UCSB. In his first season with the Gauchos, Boxall played in 12 games, starting 10 of them. He scored no points and only had one shot on goal, but proved himself to be a solid defensive rock alongside Gaucho defensive stalwart Andy Iro. Boxall's season was cut short due to a knee injury which forced him to miss the rest of the year. Despite missing half the season, Boxall led all rookies with 10 starts and tied for the team high in both yellow cards and red cards, 6 and 1 respectively.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Boxall was selected first overall in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft by Vancouver Whitecaps FC. He agreed to terms with the club on 17 March 2011, and made his professional debut on 19 March, in Vancouver's 2011 MLS opener against Toronto FC. After appearing in three matches for the Whitecaps in the 2012 season, Boxall was waived on 22 June 2012.
On 10 July 2012 it was confirmed by the club that Boxall officially joined the Wellington Phoenix of his native New Zealand on a two-year contract. Instrumental in signing Boxall was Ricki Herbert, coach of both the Phoenix and the New Zealand national team at the time. Boxall made his debut for the club on 14 October 2012, in the 1–1 away draw against Melbourne Heart in Round 2. After a beginning to his time in Wellington which saw him play backup to Ben Sigmund and Andrew Durante, Boxall was loaned to the Oakleigh Cannons of the Victorian Premier League. Following a disappointing first season with the Phoenix, Boxall signed a 1-year contract extension on 15 January 2014. Boxall stated the direction that the club was going under new head coach Ernie Merrick was the deciding factor in signing a new deal with the club.
Boxall has represented New Zealand at various international levels. His début with the national set up was with the Junior All-Whites (U-20's) in which he made 14 appearances with no goals. During this time, he appeared in the 2007 U-20 World Cup OFC qualifying tournament and ultimately the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He played in all three U-20 World Cup games before New Zealand were knocked out.
Boxall has also represented the New Zealand U-23 Olympic team, known as the Oly-Whites. He played in all 5 2008 OFC Olympic Qualifiers which saw New Zealand advance to their first ever Olympic Games. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Boxall again appeared in all three of New Zealand's games before they were eliminated. In addition to these 8 games, he played four Olympic warm-up matches against Central Coast Mariners, Persikota Tangerang, Indonesia (senior squad), and Persija Jakarta between the Qualifying Tournament and the Beijing Olympic Tournament.
Boxall has made 2 appearances for New Zealand A at the Agribank Cup in Vietnam during October 2006, appearing against Thailand and Bahrain. Both games were held at the My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi, Vietnam.
International goals and caps
New Zealand's goal tally first.
|International appearances and goals|
|1||25 March||Wuhan Sports Center Stadium, Wuhan||China PR||1–1||International Match||NZ Football|
|2||1 June||Invesco Field at Mile High, Denver||Mexico||0–3||International Match||NZ Football|
|3||5 June||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||Australia||0–3||International Match||NZ Football|
|4||23 May||BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston||El Salvador||2–2||International Match||NZ Football|
|5||26 May||Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas||Honduras||1–0||International Match||NZ Football|
|6||6 June||Lawson Tama Stadium, Honiara||Solomon Islands||1–1||2012 OFC Nations Cup||NZ Football|
|7||10 June||Lawson Tama Stadium, Honiara||Solomon Islands||4–3||2012 OFC Nations Cup||NZ Football|
International career statistics
|New Zealand national team|
- ACFC Young Player of the Year – 2006 and 2007
- All-Big West Honorable Mention – 2008
- All-Big West First Team – 2009
- NSCAA Third Team All-American – 2010
- College Soccer News Third Team All-America-2010
- All-Far West Region First Team – 2010
- Big West Defender of the Year – 2010
- "FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. p. 23. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- "Phoenix Confirm Boxall Signing". Wellington Phoenix. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
- "Whitecaps FC sign four more players to MLS side | Vancouver Whitecaps FC". Whitecapsfc.com. 17 March 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
- Hassli, Whitecaps pummel TFC in dynamite debut[dead link]
- "Whitecaps FC waive defender Michael Boxall | Vancouver Whitecaps FC". Whitecapsfc.com. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
- "Football: One call seals Brockie's loan spell". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
- "Soccer: New Nix deals for Riera, Boxall". NZ Herald. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
- "Michael Boxall U-20 Player Profile at NZfootball". Web.archive.org. 22 July 2008. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
- "Olympic Football Squads Named". New Zealand Olympic Committee. 4 July 2008. Retrieved 4 July 2008.
- Thailand 1 New Zealand A 0 From http://www.nzsoccer.com, Posted 28 October 2006.
- Bahrain Victory Positive Sign For Future - Jacobs From http://www.nzsoccer.com, Posted 30 October 2006.
- Matthew Doyle (16 March 2011). "March FIFA dates lead to MLS roster diaspora". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
- Martin, Sean (26 March 2011). "All Whites draw with China in friendly". The Sunday Star-Times. NZPA. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
- Michael Boxall at National-Football-Teams.com
- UC Santa Barbara player profile; Michael Boxall[dead link]
- "Auckland City football Club; Award Winners". Aucklandcityfc.com. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
- MLS Player profiles; Michael Boxall[dead link]
- MLS player profile
- Michael Boxall – FIFA competition record
- NZ Football profile
- Michael Boxall at National-Football-Teams.com
- UC Santa Barbara profile
- NBC Olympics profile
- Whitecaps profile