|Full name||Shannon Leigh Boxx|
|Date of birth||June 29, 1977|
|Place of birth||Fontana, California, United States|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Current club||Chicago Red Stars|
|1995–1998||Notre Dame Fighting Irish|
|1994||Ajax of Los Angeles|
|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)|
|2013-||Chicago Red Stars||2||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 22, 2009.
† Appearances (Goals).
Shannon Boxx (born June 29, 1977) 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.
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:
|“||For me, I really learned about my other half. I took African American studies. I majored in it. I think that was one of the best things I could have ever done. My mom couldn't teach me those things. So I went and taught myself and learned those things when I was at Notre Dame.||”|
From U/12-U/18, 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 at U/17 and U/19.
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.
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.
|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|
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.
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. 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.
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. Former women's national team coach and league commissioner Tony DiCicco called Boxx "the best in our league at (defensive midfield) – physical, strong, technical".
|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|
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.
Later in the season after Saint Louis Athletica folded, she was traded to the FC Gold Pride. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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".
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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
|National team||GP/GS||MIN||Goals||Assists||Total points||Win–Loss–Tie|
(*Correct as of December 15, 2012[update])
|#||numberOfGoals.goalNumber by the player in the match|
|Lineup||Start – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time
off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
(c) – captain
|Min||The minute in the match the goal was scored; blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.|
|Assist/pass||The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information. See Assist (football) page.|
|penalty or pk||Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)|
|Score||The match score after the goal was scored.|
|Result||The final score.|
|aet||The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation|
|pso||Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time|
|Light-purple background color – exhibition or closed door international friendly match|
|Light-yellow background color – match at an invitational tournament|
|Light-orange background color – Olympic women's football qualification match|
|Light-blue background color – FIFA women's world cup qualification match|
|Pink background color – Continental Games or regional tournament|
|Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament|
|Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament|
|NOTE on background colors: Continental Games or regional tournament are sometimes also qualifier for World Cup or Olympics; information depends on the source such as the player's federation.
NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player
- List of footballers with 100 or more caps
- List of Olympic medalists in football
- List of multiple Olympic gold medalists in one event
- List of multiple Olympic gold medalists
- List of 2004 Summer Olympics medal winners
- List of 2008 Summer Olympics medal winners
- All-time Los Angeles Sol roster
- All-time Saint Louis Athletica roster
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- "Shannon Boxx Biography". USsoccer.com. Archived from the original on 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2008-01-25.
- Longman, Jere (September 25, 2003). "SOCCER; Boxx Goes From Spectator to Steadfast Midfielder". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
- "San Diego selects Wagner first in WUSA draft". CNNSI.com. February 2, 2003. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
- 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]
- "St. Louis Athletica Select Shannon Boxx With Top Pick in LA Sol Dispersal Draft". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
- "WPS: Boxx returns to California, joins Gold Pride". ESPN. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
- "Marta and Boxx toast a fantastic year". FIFA.com. December 20, 2005. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
- Ruibal, Sal (2007-08-24). "USA's Boxx looking like the player of old". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
- Ruibal, Sal (2007-09-27). "Goalie switch fails to work as USA falls to Brazil". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
- "United States lose to Japan in penalties 3–1". Fox Sports. Associated Press. July 17, 2011. Retrieved January 28, 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Shannon Boxx.|
- Shannon Boxx – FIFA competition record
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- Notre Dame player profile
- Los Angeles Sol player profile
- Chicago Red Stars player profile
- Shannon Boxx on Twitter