Shannon Boxx retired from the U.S. Women’s National Team on Oct. 21, 2015, as one of the USA’s all-time greatest players as she played in her final international match, against Brazil in Seattle.
Her rise to the National Team is a unique story in that she made the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team without ever previously earning a cap (the only player in history to do so). Uncapped heading into the final two pre-2003 WWC matches, she was one of the revelations of the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Developed into one of the world’s best defensive midfielders and had started every game but one that she played from her debut in 2003 until hip and knee surgeries sidelined her in 2006.
She finished third in the voting for the 2005 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year and started in 177 of her 195 career matches. Shannon grew up in Southern California where she played recreation, club and professional soccer.