Shannon Boxx

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Shannon Boxx
Shannon Boxx Warmup.jpg
Personal information
Full name Shannon Leigh Boxx
Date of birth (1977-06-29) June 29, 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Fontana, California, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Chicago Red Stars
Number 7
Youth career
1995–1998 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994 Ajax of Los Angeles
1999 Boston Renegades
1999–2000 1. FC Saarbrücken
2000 Ajax of Los Angeles
2001–2002 San Diego Spirit 41 (5)
2003 New York Power 21 (1)
2005 Ajax of Los Angeles
2009 Los Angeles Sol 19 (3)
2010 Saint Louis Athletica 6 (1)
2010 FC Gold Pride 14 (0)
2011 magicJack 10 (0)
2013- Chicago Red Stars 7 (0)
National team
2003– United States 186 (27)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 21, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 5, 2013

Shannon Boxx (born June 29, 1977)[1] is a member of the United States women's national soccer team, playing the defensive midfielder position and currently plays for Chicago Red Stars in American National Women's Soccer League. She won gold medals with the United States at the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2008 Beijing Olympics, and 2012 London Olympics. She has also finished third place or better with the USA at the 2003, 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. She was a finalist for the 2005 FIFA World Player of the Year award, and won an NCAA Women's Soccer Championship with Notre Dame in 1995.

Boxx is the younger sister of Gillian Boxx, who won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics with the United States softball team.[2]

Early life[edit]

The multiracial Boxx, whose biological father was black, was raised by her white single mother in Southern California. In a 2008 interview, she remembered that she had little contact with her African American heritage until she went to Notre Dame:[3]

Youth Club[edit]

From U/12-U/18,[4] Boxx played for the Torrance United Waves Soccer Club, Torrance, California, and helped to lead them to 4 State Cup Championships and two trips to the USYSA National Championship Final Four in 1993 and 1994[5][6] at U/17 and U/19.

High school[edit]

From 1991 to 1995, Boxx attended South Torrance High School, where she was a four-sport athlete, playing soccer, volleyball, softball and basketball. She was named to the Parade All-America team for girls' soccer in 1995.[7]

College[edit]

Boxx played for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish from 1995 to 1998. She helped the team win the school's first NCAA Women's Soccer Championship in 1995, beating defending champions North Carolina in the semifinal. Boxx was named to the All-Big East team in 1995, 1996 and 1997, and is tied for the most soccer games played for the Irish at 101 games.[7]

College statistics[edit]

College GP/GS Goals Assists Total points Win–Loss–Tie
Notre Dame 1995 25/21 7 10 24 21–2–2
Notre Dame 1996 26/25 12 16 40 24–2–0
Notre Dame 1997 25/25 13 17 43 23–1–1
Notre Dame 1998 25/25 7 14 28 21–3–1

Professional career[edit]

1999–2000[edit]

In 1999, Boxx played for the Boston Renegades of the W-League, and then went to Germany to play for 1. FC Saarbrücken in the women's Bundesliga. However, she was unhappy and considered retiring from soccer.[8]

WUSA[edit]

In 2001, Women's United Soccer Association began play, and Boxx was drafted by the San Diego Spirit in the third round of the entry draft, with the 19th pick overall.[7]

In the 2001 season, Boxx started all 21 matches for the Spirit, missing 20 minutes of the entire season, and was named to the All-WUSA team.[8] However, her playing time was reduced the following season, and in September 2002, she was sent to the New York Power, in a six-player trade that gave San Diego the first overall pick in the 2003 draft, used to select Aly Wagner.[9]

With New York, Boxx returned to form, starting all 21 games, scoring once and assisting a career-high eight times, and was named to the 2003 All-WUSA squad.[10] Former women's national team coach and league commissioner Tony DiCicco called Boxx "the best in our league at (defensive midfield) – physical, strong, technical".[8]

WUSA GP/GS MIN Goals Assists Total points Win–Loss–Tie
San Diego Spirit 2001 21/21 1870 3 5 11 7–7–7
San Diego Spirit 2002 20/15 1349 2 2 6 5–11–5
New York Power 2003 21/21 1868 1 8 10 7–9–5

WPS[edit]

Shannon Boxx with Saint Louis Athletica in 2010.

In 2009, Boxx signed to the Los Angeles Sol for the inaugural season of Women's Professional Soccer and was named team captain. She started in 18 of the 19 matches she played for the Sol, scoring three goals with three assists. Boxx was named to the WPS First Team and played in the WPS All-Star Game. The Sol finished in first place during the regular season with a 12–3–5 record.[7]

In 2010, she was signed to the Saint Louis Athletica during the Los Angeles Sol dispersal draft.[11]

Later in the season after Saint Louis Athletica folded, she was traded to the FC Gold Pride.[12] Boxx helped the team win the WPS regular season title and championship. She started in 19 of the 20 games she played in, while scoring one goal and providing five assists. She was a WPS All-Star Game starter and received the fifth overall votes.[7]

For the 2011 WPS season, Boxx signed with magicJack and played 833 minutes in 10 games starting in them all. She helped the club make a run to the playoffs in the second half of the season and win the quarterfinal match against the Boston Breakers.[7]

NWSL[edit]

In 2013 she joined Chicago Red Stars in the new National Women's Soccer League.

International career[edit]

Boxx and the USWNT celebrate after a goal in the Gold medal match against Japan, at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Back to front: Boxx-7, Wambach-14, O'Hara-5, Morgan-13, Lloyd-10

Although Boxx was a member of the United States Under-21 national team pool, she did not receive her first senior cap until August 2003, when U.S. national team coach April Heinrichs named her to the team's 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup squad, making her the first uncapped player to be named to a U.S. Women's World Cup squad.[10] Prior to the call-up, following the suspension of WUSA, Boxx had planned to take a coaching position at Cal State-Dominguez Hills and pursue a graduate degree at Pepperdine University.[10]

Boxx scored a goal in each of the two pre-World Cup friendlies, against Costa Rica and Mexico, and in the opening match of the World Cup against Sweden, Boxx became the first American woman to score three goals in her first three matches with the national team.[8]

Boxx started five matches at the Women's World Cup, scoring again against Canada in the third place match. She was voted the player of the match against Canada by the FIFA Technical Study Group, who said Boxx "seized control of the game, spurred on her team-mates and finally scored the decisive goal in USA's victory".[2]

Boxx started 31 of 32 national team matches she played in 2004, including all six matches at the 2004 Olympics, where she scored a goal, assisted on another and helped the team win a Gold Medal.[7] She scored eight goals over the course of the year, including a hat trick against Trinidad and Tobago in an Olympic qualifying match. Boxx came in seventh in the voting for the 2004 FIFA World Player of the Year award.

In 2005, Boxx started all nine matches US national team matches, playing all but 23 minutes of all matches played. She was a finalist for the 2005 FIFA World Player of the Year, coming in third behind Birgit Prinz and Marta.[13]

Boxx missed most of 2006, first for surgery to repair torn cartilage in her right hip, and then for torn medial collateral ligaments she suffered on her first day back in training with the national team.[14] She returned in 2007 after an eight-month layoff, and was named to the United States' squad for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup. Boxx helped the team reach the semifinal match against Brazil, but she was sent off after receiving two yellow cards, and the United States went on to lose 4–0.[15] Boxx played every minute of all five U.S. games in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

In 2011 she played in all but one of the world cup games, earning defensive team honors for her efforts throughout the tournament. During the World Cup final against Japan, which went to overtime penalty shoot-out, Boxx was one of the Americans elected to take one of the penalty kicks, and had her shot saved by Japan's goalkeeper.[16]

(*Correct as of December 15, 2012)

International goals[edit]

Date Location Opponent Lineup # Min Assist/pass Score Result Competition
1 2003-09-01[m 1] United StatesCarson  Costa Rica Start 1.1 53 Julie Foudy

5350.03005 3–0

5550.05005 5–0

Friendly
2 2003-09-07[m 2] United StatesSan Jose  Mexico 61.

off 61' (on Hucles)

1.1 10 Julie Foudy

5150.01005 1–0

5550.05005 5–0

Friendly
3 2003-09-21[m 3] United StatesWashington  Sweden Start 1.1 78 Mia Hamm

5250.03005 3–1

5250.03005 3–1

World Cup: Group A
4 2003-10-11[m 4] United StatesCarson  Canada Start 1.1 51 Mia Hamm

5150.02005 2–1

5250.03005 3–1

World Cup: third place match
5 2004-01-30[m 5] ChinaShenzhen  Sweden Start 1.1 13 Kristine Lilly

5150.01005 1–0

5350.03005 3–0

Four Nations Tournament
6 2004-02-25[m 6] Costa RicaSan Jose  Trinidad & Tobago Start 3.1 22 Abby Wambach

5150.01005 1–0

5750.07005 7–0

Olympic qualification
7 3.2 37 Mia Hamm

5350.03005 3–0

8 3.3 81 Aly Wagner

5750.07005 7–0

9 2004-03-03[m 7] Costa RicaSan Jose  Costa Rica 60.

off 60' (on Tarpley)

1.1 51 Shannon MacMillan

5450.04005 4–0

5450.04005 4–0

Olympic qualification: semifinal
10 2004-07-21[m 8] United StatesBlaine  Australia 45.

on 46' (off Chastain)

1.1 56 Mia Hamm

5050.01005 1–1

5250.03005 3–1

Friendly
11 2004-08-11[m 9] GreeceHeralklio  Greece Start 1.1 14 Mia Hamm

5150.01005 1–0

5350.03005 3–0

Olympics: Group G
12 2004-12-08[m 10] United StatesCarson  Mexico Start 1.1 44 unassisted

5450.04005 4–0

5550.05005 5–0

Friendly
13 2005-07-23[m 11] United StatesCarson  Iceland 82.

off 82' (on Woznuk)

1.1 69 Abby Wambach

5350.03005 3–0

5350.03005 3–0

Friendly
14 2006-01-18[m 12] ChinaGuangzhou  Norway Start 1.1 77 Kristine Lilly

5250.02005 2–0

5250.03005 3–1

Four Nations Tournament
15 2007-07-28[m 13] United StatesSan Jose  Japan 85.

off 85' (on Hucles)

1.1 17 Stephanie Lopez

5150.01005 1–0

5350.04005 4–1

Friendly
16 2007-08-25[m 14] United StatesCarson  Finland 79.

off 79' (on Wagner)

1.1 30 Kristine Lilly

5150.01005 1–0

5450.04005 4–0

Friendly
17 2007-09-22[m 15] ChinaTianjin  England 82.

off 82' (on Lloyd)

1.1 57 Cat Whitehill

5250.02005 2–0

5350.03005 3–0

World Cup: quarterfinal
18 2008-01-20[m 16] ChinaGuangzhou  China PR Start 1.1 77 Becky Sauerbrunn

5150.01005 1–0

5150.01005 1–0

Four Nations Tournament
19 2009-03-11[m 17] PortugalFaro  Sweden Start 1.1 90 Megan Rapinoe

5050.01005 1–1

5049.0103 1–1 (pso 3–4)

Algarve Cup: final
20 2009-05-25[m 18] CanadaToronto  Canada Start 1.1 2 Heather Mitts

5150.01005 1–0

5450.04005 4–0

Friendly
21 2010-03-28[m 19] United StatesSan Diego  Mexico Start; (c) 1.1 43 unassisted

5250.02005 2–0

5350.03005 3–0

Friendly
22 2011-03-07[m 20] PortugalQuarteira  Finland 45.

off 46' (on Lindsey)

1.1 8 Carli Lloyd

5150.01005 1–0

5450.04005 4–0

Algarve Cup: Group A
23 2012-04-03[m 21] JapanChiba  Brazil Start 1.1 23 Lauren Cheney

5250.02005 2–0

5350.03005 3–0

Kirin Challenge Cup
24 2012-09-16[m 22] United StatesCarson  Australia 45.

on 46' (off Lloyd)

1.1 63 penalty

5150.02005 2–1

5150.02005 2–1

Friendly
25 2012-09-19[m 23] United StatesCommerce  Australia 45.

on 46' (off Cheney)

1.1 63 Megan Rapinoe

5350.05005 5–2

5450.06005 6–2

Friendly
26 2013-02-09[m 24] United StatesJacksonville  Scotland 66.

off 66' (on Averbuch)

1.1 52 Christen Press

5350.03005 3–0

5350.04005 4–1

Friendly
27 2013-03-06[m 25] PortugalAlbufeira  Iceland Start 1.1 62 Christie Rampone

5250.02005 2–0

5350.03005 3–0

Algarve Cup: Group B

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boxx, Shannon". Current Biography Yearbook 2011. Ipswich, Massachusetts: H. W. Wilson. 2011. pp. 73–76. ISBN 9780824211219. 
  2. ^ a b "Shannon Boxx: USA's cool-headed heroine". FIFA.com. November 30, 2005. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  3. ^ "The Starting 11: Shannon Boxx". Women's Professional Soccer. January 30, 2008. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ http://soccer.teamusa.org/athlete/athlete/781
  5. ^ http://www.region1.com/NatlChamp/archives/Nationals/1994.pdf
  6. ^ http://www.region1.com/NatlChamp/archives/Nationals/1993.pdf
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Shannon Boxx Biography". USsoccer.com. Archived from the original on 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  8. ^ a b c d Longman, Jere (September 25, 2003). "SOCCER; Boxx Goes From Spectator to Steadfast Midfielder". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  9. ^ "San Diego selects Wagner first in WUSA draft". CNNSI.com. February 2, 2003. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  10. ^ a b c Wyllie, John Philip (December 2003). "Outside the box: how U.S. midfielder Shannon Boxx, the oldest debutante in national team history, secured her post-WUSA career – Women's United Soccer Association – Interview". Soccer Digest. Retrieved 2008-01-26. [dead link]
  11. ^ "St. Louis Athletica Select Shannon Boxx With Top Pick in LA Sol Dispersal Draft". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "WPS: Boxx returns to California, joins Gold Pride". ESPN. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "Marta and Boxx toast a fantastic year". FIFA.com. December 20, 2005. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  14. ^ Ruibal, Sal (2007-08-24). "USA's Boxx looking like the player of old". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  15. ^ Ruibal, Sal (2007-09-27). "Goalie switch fails to work as USA falls to Brazil". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  16. ^ "United States lose to Japan in penalties 3–1". Fox Sports. Associated Press. July 17, 2011. Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
Match reports
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  2. ^ "Five Different Players Score as U.S. Tops Mexico, 5–0, in Final Pre-Cup Match". U.S.Soccer. 
  3. ^ "Hamm's Three Assists Lead U.S. Past Sweden in Opener". U.S.Soccer. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Women's National Team Downs Canada, 3–1, to Take Third Place in FIFA Women's World Cup". U.S.Soccer. 
  5. ^ "Tarpley Scores Two as WNT Downs Sweden 3–0 in Opener of Four Nations Tournament in China on Friday". U.S.Soccer. 
  6. ^ "U.S. WNT Dominate Trinidad and Tobago 7–0". U.S.Soccer. 
  7. ^ "U.S. WNT Defeat Costa Rica 4–0 to Qualify for 2004 Olympics". U.S.Soccer. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Women Defeat Australia, 3–1, as Mia Hamm Scores 150th Career Goal". U.S.Soccer. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Olympic Women's Soccer Team Downs Greece 3–0 in Opening Match of Olympics". U.S.Soccer. 
  10. ^ "Hamm, Foudy Close Careers With 5–0 Victory Over Mexico". U.S.Soccer. 
  11. ^ "Fotopoulos Scores Twice as U.S. Women Defeat Iceland, 3–0". U.S.Soccer. 
  12. ^ "Lilly Earns 300th Cap as U.S. Women Defeat Norway, 3–1, to Open Four Nations Tournament". U.S.Soccer. 
  13. ^ "U.S. Women Defeat Japan, 4–1, at Spartan Stadium in San Jose". U.S.Soccer. 
  14. ^ "U.S. Women Defeat Finland, 4–0, at The Home Depot Center; U.S. Finish Domestic Schedule Undefeated and Now Head To The 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China". U.S.Soccer. 
  15. ^ "U.S. Women Score Three Times in 13 Minutes During Second Half to Blow Open Quarterfinal and Defeat England, 3–0, to Advance to Semifinal of 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup". U.S.Soccer. 
  16. ^ "U.S. WNT Wins 2008 Four Nations Tournament With 1–0 Victory Against China". U.S.Soccer. 
  17. ^ "Sweden Edges U.S. Women on Penalties in Algarve Final". U.S.Soccer. 
  18. ^ "U.S. Women Score Twice In Each Half to Defeat Canada 4–0 at BMO Field in Toronto". U.S.Soccer. 
  19. ^ "USA Defeats Mexico 3–0 in First Domestic Match of 2010". U.S.Soccer. 
  20. ^ "U.S. Women Put Four Past Finland in Group A Finale". U.S.Soccer. 
  21. ^ "Carli Lloyd, Shannon Boxx and Amy Rodriguez Score as the U.S. Women’s National Team Downs Brazil 3–0 in Chiba, Japan". U.S.Soccer. 
  22. ^ "U.S. Women's National Team Comes Back to Defeat Australia 2–1 at The Home Depot Center". U.S.Soccer. 
  23. ^ "U.S. Women's National Team Provides Head Coach Pia Sundhage with 6–2 Victory in Final Match in Charge". U.S.Soccer. 
  24. ^ "U.S. Women's National Team Begin Year with 4-1 Win against Scotland". U.S.Soccer. 
  25. ^ "U.S. WNT Opens the 2013 Algarve Cup with 3-0 Win Against Iceland". U.S.Soccer. 

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