Shannon Boxx is retiring

Shannon Boxx vs. Scotland, Feb. 13, 2013, in Nashville. Team USA won 3-1. (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Shannon Boxx vs. Scotland, Feb. 13, 2013. (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

In her day, Shannon Boxx was one of the best defending midfielders ever to wear the U.S. colors.

But that day has passed, and the 38-year-old will retire at the end of 2015.

Here’s the story from The Equalizer.

Boxx, who earned her first cap in 2003, launched an improbable comeback last summer after more than a year away from the U.S. team. She gave birth to a daughter, Zoe, in February 2014.

Her inclusion on the 23-member World Cup roster was somewhat surprising. Many thought coach Jill Ellis would instead go with Crystal Dunn, the versatile, speedy, 23-year-old defender.

Boxx played just 16 minutes in the World Cup, all against Nigeria. She has five appearances for the U.S. team this year, all off the bench, for a total of 62 minutes. Among the 23 World Cup players, only third-string goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, who has yet to get into a game in 2015, has fewer minutes.

In the National Women’s Soccer League, Boxx plays for the Chicago Red Stars — but not much. She appeared in three games for the club before the World Cup, and on Saturday (July 18), she came on in the 84th minute.

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Shannon Boxx, Kristine Lilly, Mia Hamm. (HBO)

She played in two games for the Red Stars last year and five in 2013.

Boxx is one of a handful of players to have taken part in four World Cups: 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015. She won three Olympic gold medals, in 2004, 2008, and 2012.

In 2005, she was a finalist for World Player of the Year, alongside Marta of Brazil and Birgit Prinz of Germany. Prinz won, the last of her three consecutive Player of the Year awards.

A 1998 graduate of Notre Dame, Boxx helped lead the Irish to their first national championship in 1995.

 

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