Stephanie Cox

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Stephanie Cox
Personal information
Full name Stephanie Renee Cox
Date of birth (1986-04-03) April 3, 1986 (age 29)
Place of birth San Jose, California, United States
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Defender/ Left Back
Youth career
2002–2005 Elk Grove Pride
2005–2008 Portland Pilots
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 Los Angeles Sol 19 (0)
2010–2011 Boston Breakers 34 (1)
2012 Seattle Sounders Women 3 (1)
2013- Seattle Reign FC 26 (0)
National team
2000 United States U-14
2002 United States U-17
2003–2006 United States U-19
2005–2007 United States U-21
2005– United States 89 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 20, 2013.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 14, 2014

Stephanie Renee Cox (born April 3, 1986), née Stephanie Renee Lopez, is a Mexican-American retired professional soccer defender and Olympic gold medalist. She most recently played for the Seattle Reign FC of the National Women's Soccer League and the United States women's national soccer team.

Early life[edit]

Born in San Jose, California, Cox grew up in Elk Grove, California and attended Elk Grove High School where she helped lead her soccer team to two league championships. She was named to the all-section team as a junior and senior, won the youth All-American award from NSCAA and was named a Parade Magazine All-American. On top of her numerous soccer achievements, she also lettered in basketball for three years and managed to graduate with a 4.17 GPA.[1]

University of Portland[edit]

Cox with the Portland women's soccer team at the White House, April 6, 2006

Cox attended the University of Portland, where she started 23 matches her freshman year. In 2005, after returning to the Pilots following a redshirt season to play for the US, Stephanie helped lead her team to an undefeated record of 23-0-2 and an NCAA Championship and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team. The following season, she started in 13 games and scored her first collegiate goal.[2]

In 2007, after she returned from the World Cup, Lopez led the Pilots to 11 straight wins and 10 shutouts and helped her team advance to the NCAA quarterfinals. After the World Cup, she had a chance to forgo her remaining collegiate eligibility and become a salaried player with the senior national team, but loyalty to her team and prior commitments led her back to Portland where she graduated with a 3.7 GPA and a psychology degree and a Spanish minor in December 2007. She was honored as the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner, recognizing her as the nation's top senior in women's soccer. 2007 also marked the first time the award was presented to a female soccer player. Cox was also chosen as Oregon's Female Amateur Athlete of the Year for 2007.[2][3]

Playing career[edit]


Los Angeles Sol[edit]

In 2009, Cox signed with the Los Angeles Sol for the inaugural season of the WPS. She made 20 starts in 20 games for a total of 1800 minutes.[4] The team came in first in regular season standings, but lost the championship 1-0 to Sky Blue FC.

Boston Breakers[edit]

After the Sol disbanded after the 2009 WPS season due to financial difficulties, Cox was acquired by the Boston Breakers during the 2010 WPS Dispersal Draft. Cox helped lead the team to second place in the regular season standings. She started all 24 games and scored one goal during the 2010 WPS season.

Cox returned to the Breakers for the 2011 WPS season. She started in all 11 games in which she played.[4]

Seattle Sounders Women[edit]

After the WPS suspended operations in early 2012, Cox signed with the Seattle Sounders Women, joining fellow women's national team members, Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, Sydney Leroux, and Alex Morgan.[5][6] She made 12 appearances for the club tallying a total of four points on two assists and one goal.[7]

Seattle Reign FC[edit]

On June 19, 2013, Seattle Reign FC announced that they had signed Cox for the remainder of inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League. Cox was returning to the pitch after taking time away after the birth of her first child.[8] She made four appearances for the club, tallying 326 minutes on the defensive line.[9]

Cox returned to the Reign for the 2014 season and helped the team set a league record unbeaten streak of 16 games during the first part of the season. During the 16 game stretch, the Reign compiled a 13-0-3 record.[10] The Reign finished first in the regular season clinching the NWSL Shield for the first time.[11] After defeating the Washington Spirit 2-1 in the playoff semi-finals, the Reign were defeated 2-1 by FC Kansas City during the championship final.[12] Following the regular season, Cox along with goalkeeper Hope Solo and fellow defender Lauren Barnes were named to the Second XI team.[13] Cox finished the 2014 season with one assist having started in 20 of the 21 games in which she played.[14]

Following the 2015 season,Cox announced her retirement from professional soccer.[15]


Stephanie became involved in the US National Team Youth program in 2000. At the U-20 level, she played at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in Thailand; two years later, she captained the US team in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia. She made her first national team career start against France at the Algarve Cup in 2006. Her play helped the Women's National Team win a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Personal life[edit]

Cox is a Christian. Cox has talked about her faith saying, "My faith in Christ has made my role as an athlete so much more meaningful. It is more than wins and losses, X's and O's; it is about loving others and showing them Christ."[16]

Cox has assisted her parents in leading a group of teens to Egypt to paint an orphanage, traveled to the Bahamas to clear land for construction of a learning center, traveled to Mexico to serve meals to American missionaries, and was part of a team that created a Hurricane Katrina fundraiser in 2005. She recently became a spokesperson for Casey Family Services, the country's largest foster care organization.

Stephanie lives in Gig Harbor, Washington with her husband, former University of Portland baseball player Brian Cox, and daughter.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Of Girls and Goals". Latina Style Magazine. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Stephanie Lopez". University of Portland. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Garcia, Marlen (10 August 2007). "USA soccer's Lopez is well-grounded". USA Today. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Stephanie Cox". SoccerWay. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sounders Women Sign Stephanie Cox". Sounder at Heart. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sounders Women add defender Stephanie Cox". Seattle Times. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "2012 Seattle Sounders Women stats". W-League. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "USWNT’s Megan Rapinoe, Stephanie Cox officially join Reign FC". Seattle PI. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "2013 NWSL Stats". National Women's Soccer League. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Seattle Reign FC sees unbeaten streak end at 16". The Seattle Times. July 12, 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Reign Dominate Dash to Clinch Shield". Sounder at Heart. July 30, 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  12. ^ Bird, Liviu (August 31, 2014). "FC Kansas City beats Seattle Reign to win NWSL championship". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "NWSL Announces 2014 Best XI". National Women's Soccer League. August 29, 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "2014 Player Statistics". National Women's Soccer League. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "REIGN FC DEFENDER STEPHANIE COX ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT". Seattle Reign FC. October 20, 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "Stephanie Cox". 
  17. ^ "Stephanie Lopez weds Brian Cox". Elk Grove Citizen. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 

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