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U.S. WNT Midfielder Shannon Boxx Will Undergo Minor Knee Surgery

CHICAGO (April 29, 2013) – U.S. Women’s National Team and Chicago Red Stars midfielder Shannon Boxx will undergo an exploratory arthroscopic surgery on her right knee on April 30 to investigate the reasons for swelling and pain she has been experiencing over the past several months.

Should the diagnostic procedure confirm a loose piece or pieces of cartilage, that issue will be cleaned up during the surgery. Boxx should be out 4-6 weeks, pending the results of the procedure, and will likely be unavailable for the USA’s June 2 match against Canada at BMO Field in Toronto.

Boxx, who has 186 caps for the USA, has played in six of the national team’s eight matches so far in 2013, scoring two goals with one assist, but decided to undergo the procedure in order to get back on the field for the Red Stars and the USA as soon as possible.

“I would have loved to continue playing during the start of Red Stars season as well as be available for the game in Canada,” said Boxx. “But the pain was not subsiding, so in talking to all my coaches and athletic trainers on both teams, it seemed like the best time to get the procedure done so I can be one-hundred percent and pain-free again for both club and country.”

What's In A Name?

In soccer, everyone’s got a nickname, right? It’s just that the game happens so fast. As a player, you need a name that all your teammates can get out quickly and easily. Some nicknames are used only within the confines of the team while others have been adopted by fans and media.

On the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, the nicknames fall into many different categories.

Some players rarely, if ever, hear their given names. We can’t remember the last time someone used Nicole Barnhart’s first name. She’s always “Barnie.” (Unless an occasion arises when someone pulls out “Barnyard” or “Barnacles,” which actually happens more than you might think).

Likewise for Shannon Boxx as 99.9 percent of the time it’s just “Boxxy.” We’re pretty sure she might not even respond to Shannon. Kristie Mewis is “Mew” or “Mewie” and Meghan Klingenberg is of course “Klingy.”

But nicknames are not just adding about adding a “y” or an “ie” to someone’s name. Sometimes it’s initials. Heather Ann O’Reilly has long been known as “HAO” (pronounced hey-oh). Sometime “HAO” calls Kelley O’Hara “KO.” Christen Press is sometimes “CP.” Young goalkeeper Adrianna Franch is “AD.”

(Side note: New U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni did call O’Reilly “Hailey” a few times in his first week of camp -- a combination of HAO and O’Reilly -- but that doesn’t really count as a nickname. He quickly corrected himself.)

Nicknames can be maiden names as well. Christie Rampone hasn’t been Christie Pearce for years, but her teammates still often call her “Pearcie,” proving that nicknames can stick around a while.

Some nicknames are more connected to a style of play. One of the best ever is “The Buehldozer” for Rachel Buehler (sometimes shortened to just “‘Dozer”), whose propensity for plowing through opponents earned her that moniker. Alex Morgan rose to international soccer fame with a nickname that seemed a perfect fit for her galloping running style and youthful exuberance: “Baby Horse.” While it’s still a popular nickname with the fans and on Twitter, her teammates rarely use it nowadays. As Megan Rapinoe said during the 2012 Olympics, “I think she’s definitely a stallion now.”

Many times, you just shorten it up. Carli Lloyd is “Car.” Megan Rapinoe is “Pinoe.” Ashlyn Harris is “Ash.” Crystal Dunn is “Cris” and Sydney Leroux is “Syd” (you can add “the Kid” if you like). Becky Sauerbrunn is “Becks,” or one that has become very popular on the U.S. team: “Reba.” (Yes, her real name is Rebecca).

Julie Johnston is “Jules” or “JJ,” and Lauren Cheney is “Chens” (pronounced Chains). Whitney Engen is “Whit,” Tobin Heath is “Tobes” and Ali Krieger is “Kriegs.” Her club teammates in Germany called her “Warrior Princess” (Krieger means warrior in German), but that’s a whole other story.

Yael Averbuch has one of the most fun nicknames on the team. You can call her “Ya-Ya.”

However, some players just don’t have nicknames. While in reality Jill is a nickname for Jillian, don’t call Jill Loyden “Jilly” (although U.S. goalkeeper coach Paul Rogers sometimes does).

Hope Solo is usually just Hope. Both her names are so cool that she doesn’t need a nickname.

And Abby Wambach is almost always Abby. Of course, when you’ve scored 154 career goals, you can go by one name. There is that rare occasion -- and this does happen -- that someone decides to use her real name: Mary Abigail. We’re not sure why it’s always funny when someone calls her “Mary” or “Abigail,” but it just is.

U.S. WNT vs. Iceland Post-Game Quotes

U.S. WNT vs. Iceland
Municipal Stadium; Albufeira, Portugal
March 6, 2013

U.S. head coach TOM SERMANNI
On making just one sub during the match:
“We should make some changes for the second game. We have a lot of fresh players so we should be able to increase or at least maintain the tempo we can play at.”

On the match:
“I was happy with the win and I was relatively happy with the second half performance, but it took us 45 minutes to get going. I thought in the first half, we were a little bit slow, a little bit sloppy and untidy. In the second half, we played a tempo that suits us better, moved the ball a lot better and put the Icelandic team under more pressure so that was better. It was a game of two halves.”

On the performance of Crystal Dunn, who made her first career start:
“She did fantastic. Crystal played the full 90 minutes and she was still full of running near the end. She was aggressive in how she played, she was up and down the field throughout the game and played exceptionally well.”

On getting a shutout:
“I’m happy with the clean sheet. It was of aims before we came into the game and the tournament. We wanted to make sure we didn’t give away any easy goals so it was good to come out of the game with no goals against.”

On scoring just her fourth career goal, in her 100th cap, while wearing the captain’s armband:
“Today was an incredible game for me. It’s sort of coming full circle here in the Algarve for me as I got my first cap here and my 100th cap here. Wearing this jersey is always such an honor and I value every moment of that, but to wear the captain’s armband makes it even more special. And then to get a goal on top of it! Usually we hit the corner kicks back post, but it came right to my head and I was ready and it was probably the best goal I’ve had. Well, maybe the Korea goal (in the 2011 Women’s World Cup), but it was an awesome goal so I’m pretty excited about it!”

On the USA getting its first shutout of 2013:
“It was great for us to get the clean sheet. We were tight back there and they didn’t get too many opportunities. In this tournament there are so many good teams and goal difference is really important so I’m happy we were able to come through with no goals against.”

On right back Crystal Dunn, the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy winner at North Carolina, who made her first career start and earned her second cap:
“Crystal did great. She’s a dynamic outside back, she gets up and down the flank really well, she’s hard and tough and really athletic. It’s great to see such a young player doing so well.”

On the match:
“It wasn’t our best soccer game of all time. Against China, hopefully we can play some better soccer, connect some more passes and get some better rhythm.”

U.S. goalkeeper JILL LOYDEN
On making her third start and getting the shutout:
“Anytime you can play and get on the field and get some minutes, it’s a great opportunity to have fun and smile out there and I get to play behind some awesome teammates. We had fun out there and it showed. We got the shutout.”

On the U.S. defense:
“When I really don’t have to do too much, that’s always a great game for us. Credit to the defense for doing their job and making my life easy.”

On the USA having a much better performance in the second half:
“The second half was a lot better. We got the rust off and started knocking some passes. We were looking good and playing some sexy soccer.”

On her goal:
“I’ll actually say that I got the assist on Alex’s goal. She did all the hard work. As a forward, those kinds of goals come very infrequently, so I’ll take it, but at the end of the day, Alex did all the work. Hard defending and getting the ball across the front of the box and it was a simple goal for anyone to finish.”

On moving to within four goals of tying Mia Hamm’s world all-time scoring record:
“Right now, my thoughts are not about that. It’s about the Algarve Cup and getting the wins we need to get to the Final. This isn’t an easy tournament to win. There are great teams in this tournament, and if the goals come from me, or Alex, or Boxxy or Buehler, so be it. As long as we are on the right side of the scoreboard with the amount of goals that we need to with that game, that’s the most important part.”

On the slow start in the first half:
“We started off slow. There weren’t one or even two reasons for it, but in the end, often times we get in the locker room and sort things out. We really needed to get our outside backs into the attacking third and that really did sort out a lot of the lethargy we felt in the first half.”

On Rachel Buehler scoring in her 100th cap:
“I am so thrilled for Buehler to get a goal in her 100th cap. It’s a big deal for any defender to get a goal and for her to do it in her 100th cap is really special.”

On how winning the FIFA World Player of the Year has changed things:
“Whenever you are awarded such an honor, you want to represent it in the right way. The only way we can keep women’s football moving forward is to come back stronger and better. We’ve had a long four years, so I definitely took a break. Getting back into the swing of things is a bit more difficult as an older player, but I am optimistic about the way our team is playing. Yeah, we didn’t play as well in the first half, but the fact that we can recover and still make a go of it in the second half says a lot about who we are as a team and shows a lot to the younger players about the expectations of what this team is about.”

On the USA’s greatest strength:
“Our mentality. No matter what the circumstances are, no matter who our opponent is, it’s our belief that we will go out and play the best soccer we possibly can. It doesn’t mean we are going to be flawless, we are going to make mistakes, but I think our team knows how to win games. We have players that can score a lot of goals. Alex Morgan didn’t get one today, but don’t’ worry about that, she’ll figure it out and get on the score sheet later in this tournament.”

U.S. defender CRYSTAL DUNN
On making her first start:
“I was a little nervous at first, but I think that’s normal. The girls around me were really supportive and they definitely helped me on the field. Once I got my first touches in, I felt pretty comfortable.”

On the match:
“I think we did well. A clean sheet is always a great start to the tournament. Iceland made it hard for us, but we kept our composure and really defended well as a team.”

Rachel Buehler Scores in Her 100th Career Cap as USA Defeats Iceland 3-0 to Open 2013 Algarve Cup in Portugal

  • #ChasingMia Update: Abby Wambach Scores 154th Career Goal, Putting her Four Shy of Tying Mia Hamm’s All-Time Record
  • Shannon Boxx Adds 27th Goal of Her Career on Header
  • Crystal Dunn Makes First Career Start
  • USA Will Face China PR Next on March 8 in Albufeira, Portugal Live on PPV

ALBUFEIRA, Portugal (March 6, 2013) – The U.S. Women’s National Team overcame a subpar first half to defeat Iceland 3-0 with all three goals coming in the second half. U.S. defender Rachel Buehler tallied in her 100th career cap and forward Abby Wambach’s 154th goal moved her closer to Mia Hamm’s all-time international scoring record during a 3-0 victory against Iceland. Those two scores were sandwiched around Shannon Boxx’s 27 th career goal.

It was the seventh year in a row the USA has won its Algarve Cup opener, but it was not easy against a physical Iceland team that played low pressure on the front line while pushing its backs high, which severely compacted the space in the midfield.

While the Americans struggled to connect passes and find an attacking rhythm in the first half, the USA scored almost exactly two minutes into the second.

The U.S. team earned a corner kick almost right off the kickoff and Lauren Cheney drilled her service on a line into the pack of players. Buehler was making a hard run through the middle and as the ball came across her body, she perfectly redirected the ball with a header into the left corner.

It was just the fourth goal of Buehler’s international career, and while it was not the most dramatic – she scored in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup against Korea DPR – it was certainly emotional and important. Her fantastic header jump-started the USA’s attack to score three times, which may prove crucial in a group stage where goal difference often plays a critical role in who advances to the championship game.

The USA made it 2-0 in the 62nd minute off another corner kick. This time Cheney’s cross was closed enough to the net that Iceland goalkeeper Thora Helgadottir got a hand on it, but didn’t push it far and it went to Boxx at the far post. Her header sent the ball back across the ball and Iceland cleared, but not far enough, as Christie Rampone sent a powerful header back to the right post to Boxx, who jumped high to loop her six-yard header back across the goal into the left side of the goal.

Wambach scored one of the easiest goals of her career in the 74th minute, but the hard work was done by Morgan. The speedy forward raced into the left side of the penalty area to latch onto a weak back pass, beating Iceland goalkeeper Helgadottir to a loose ball before poking it past the goalkeeper to Wambach, who was alone in the middle to stroke home her shot from close range.

The goal moves Wambach to within four goals of tying Mia Hamm on the world’s all-time international scoring list and just five from passing Hamm’s mark of 158 set during her legendary career that spanned 1987-2004.

U.S. goalkeeper Jill Loyden made her third career start while earning her sixth career cap, but didn’t have much work over the 90 minutes, as she was called on to make just one save, that a collapse dive to her right in the 18th minute to snag a header off a free kick.

The USA had only six shots in the first half, but doubled that number in the second and came close to scoring on several occasions. Carli Lloyd pulled a full-out dive from Helgadottir with a strike from the top of the box at the right side, but it skipped just wide of the left post.

Wambach just missed scoring a spectacular diving header in the first half when the ball grazed off the top of her head as she went horizontal in the air chasing a Cheney free kick. In the 34th minute, Wambach had the USA’s best chance of the first half when she powered a header on goal off a corner kick, but it was saved well by Helgadóttir before her defenders cleared.

Morgan had several chances to open her 2013 account, including two in the waning moments of the first half. In the 44th minute a corner kick from the right side was headed back across the goal and Morgan got a solid piece of the ball, only to send it over the net. Seconds later she finally got loose in the penalty area from an Iceland team that battered her the entire match, but cut her half-volley wide right of the goal from 12 yards out.

In the 54th minute, Wambach found Morgan sprinting into the penalty area with a great long pass over the top of the Iceland defense, but she blasted her full volley high over the net. Morgan came close against in the 61st minute after she worked herself free from two defenders in the left side of the penalty area, but Helgadottir made a nice save with a dive to her right to push the right-footed shot away for a corner kick.

Heather O’Reilly did some hard running from right midfield for the USA all game long and earned the majority of the USA’s seven corner kicks on the afternoon. Former U.S. Under-20 star Crystal Dunn, who earned her first career cap at the senior level against Scotland on Feb. 13 in Nashville, Tenn., made her first career start, going the full 90 minutes at right back.

U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni made just one substitute in the game, sending on Christen Press for Carli Lloyd in the 64th minute.

The USA continues group play against China PR on March 8 back at the Municipal Stadium in Albufeira. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. local / 9 a.m. ET and fans can watch the match on TV or online via Pay-Per-View.

The Algarve Cup is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, Avail-TVN, DIRECTV and DISH for a suggested retail price of only $14.95 per match. Additional same day replays will be available. Check with your Pay-Per-View provider for replay times. Fans can visit for updates on TV coverage.

Fans can also watch the matches online via Pay-Per-View. For web-streaming information go to Fans can also follow the match via’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

Additional Notes:

  • As is tradition on the U.S. team, Rachel Buehler wore the captain’s armband in her 100th cap. She earned her 100th cap in the same tournament and in the same stadium where she earned her first cap in 2008 against China.
  • When Christen Press came on in the 64th minute for Carli Lloyd, she moved to left midfield and Lauren Cheney moved into the middle to take Lloyd’s spot.
  • Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath, who arrived late into training camp due to a match with their French clubs and participated in just one training session, did not see action.
  • The USA is riding a 26-game unbeaten streak since the last loss, which came to Japan on March 5 at the 2012 Algarve Cup in Portugal. The U.S. has scored 83 goals while allowing 20 in 23 wins and three ties.
  • As U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni made just one substitute in the game, that sets the stage for possibly using a group of fresh players against China on March 8 in the USA’s next Group B match.
  • Shannon Boxx’s 27th career goal came in her 183rd career cap.

-U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Iceland
Date: March 6, 2013
Competition: 2013 Algarve Cup; Group B    
Venue: Municipal Stadium; Albufeira, Portugal
Kickoff: 2 p.m. local / 9 a.m. ET
Attendance: 500
Weather: 63 degrees, sunny, windy

Scoring Summary:    1 2 F
USA                             0 3 3
ISL                                0 0 0

USA – Rachel Buehler (Lauren Cheney)        48th minute
USA – Shannon Boxx (Christie Rampone)     62
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)           74

USA : 21-Jill Loyden; 6-Crystal Dunn, 19-Rachel Buehler (capt.), 3-Christie Rampone, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd (23-Christen Press, 64), 12-Lauren Cheney; 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach
Substitutions Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 8-Kristie Mewis, 11-Ali Krieger, 14-Whitney Engen, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 16-Yael Averbuch, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 22-Lindsey Horan, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Tom Sermanni

ISL: 1-Thóra Helgadóttir; 2-Sif Atladóttir, 5-Hallbera Gudný Gísladóttir, 13-Glódís Perla Viggósdóttir, 10-Dóra María Lárusdóttir, 6-Hólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir (22-Sandra María Jessen, 64), 7-Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir (capt.) (20-Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir, 83), 11-Katrín Ómarsdóttir (4-Edda Gardarsdóttir,73), 14-Dagný Brynjarsdóttir (15-Gudný Ódinsdóttir, 79), 9-Fanndís Fridriksdóttir (3-Rakel Hönnudóttir, 46), 18-Harpa Thorsteinsdóttir (23-Elín Metta Jensen, 73)
Substitutions Not Used: 8-Katrín Jónsdóttir, 12-Gudbjörg Gunnarsdóttir, 16-Birna Kristjánsdóttir, 17-Ólína Gudbjörg Vidarsdóttir, 19-Mist Edvardsdóttir, 21-Elísa Vidarsdóttir
Head coach: Sigurdur Eyjolfsson

Stats Summary: USA / ISL
Shots: 18 / 4
Shots on Goal: 8 / 1
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 7 / 3
Fouls: 12 / 16
Offside: 7 / 2

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: Fusako Kajiyama (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Allyson Flynn (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Saori Takahashi (JPN)
Fourth Official: Salome Di Iorio (ARG)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Heather O'Reilly

U.S. Women's National Team Begin Year with 4-1 Win against Scotland

  • Press Becomes Third Player to Score Twice in U.S. WNT Debut; Shannon Boxx and Sydney Leroux Add Second-Half Goals
  • New U.S. WNT Head Coach Tom Sermanni Earns First Win Against His Native Scotland in Front of 18,656 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.
  • USA Will Face Scotland Again on Feb. 13 in Nashville, Tenn., with a Live stream at 7 p.m. CT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Feb. 9, 2013) – The U.S. Women’s National Team opened its 2013 campaign with a 4-1 win against Scotland in front of 18,656 fans at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. It was the largest crowd ever to watch the U.S. Women in a stand-alone friendly match in Florida and the entire southeast.

Christen Press made an immediate impact in her U.S. WNT debut by becoming just the third player to score two goals in her first game. Cindy Parlow (Jan. 14, 1996; 8-1 win against Russia) and Sherrill Kester (Jan. 7, 2000; 8-1 win against the Czech Republic) also scored a brace in their debuts. Press is the 17th player overall to score a goal in her first WNT match.

Shannon Boxx added her 26th career goal and Sydney Leroux her 15th career tally in the second half as the U.S. extended its unbeaten streak to 24 games (21-0-3). The USA also improved to 22-4-3 in its calendar year openers since the team debuted in 1985.

The match marked the first game and first victory for new U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni. The Scotland native also gave three players their first caps on Saturday: Press, midfielder Kristie Mewis and defender Julie Johnston.

The U.S. and Scotland face each other again on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. The match will be broadcast live via a stream and the game kicks off at 7 p.m. CT. Fans can also follow the game through’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

Press, who was named the Budweiser Woman of the Match, gave the U.S. an early lead in the 13th minute. Right back Ali Krieger, who returned to the lineup for the first time since suffering a severe knee injury in Olympic qualifying in January of 2012, drove a long free kick into the penalty box and Scotland’s defense failed to clear it. It bounced only to the edge of the box and Press struck a first-time left footed half-volley that sailed past Scotland goalkeeper Gemma Fay for the 1-0 lead.

She then got her second goal in the 32nd minute when Tobin Heath served up a precision left-footed cross from the left flank. Press made a perfectly timed run to slip behind her defender at the far past and headed the ball back across the goal into the lower left corner.

Forward Alex Morgan, who was third in the voting for 2012 FIFA Women’s Player of the Year and won the 2012 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year, had to depart in the first half when she injured her ankle on a Joanne Love foul that drew a yellow card in the 39th minute. The injury is not serious, but Morgan was replaced by Leroux in the 41st minute.

Boxx gave the USA a 3-0 lead in the 52nd minute when Press lifted a pass to her from the left corner of the penalty area. Boxx took a deft left-footed touch, brought the ball to her right and smashed her shot into the upper left corner of the goal from 25 yards out for one of the best finishes of her career.

Scotland responded with a brilliant strike of its own just two minutes later when midfielder Kim Little, who played for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics, ran onto a poor clearance at the edge of the box and drilled a shot past second-half goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart into the right side of the net to cut the lead to 3-1.

Leroux capped off the scoring in the 89th minute with a typical powerful run into the attacking third. She sprinted under a long service from Yael Averbuch into the left side of the penalty area before lifting the ball past the onrushing Fay and into the net from 10 yards out. Averbuch came close to scoring a goal of her own, striking a wicked 35-yard free kick off the crossbar in the 76th minute. All of Leroux’s 15 career goals have come as a substitute.

Additional Notes:

  • Forward Abby Wambach, who had several chances to get her 153rd career goal, played in her 199th career game and was replaced by Lauren Cheney in the 55th minute. She could potentially play in her milestone 200th match on Wednesday against Scotland and become the eighth WNT player to reach that mark.
  • Kristie Mewis, the third pick in the 2013 NWSL College Draft out of Boston College, who played in two youth World Cups for the USA at the U-17 and U-20 levels, came into the match for Christen press in the 73rd minute to earn her first cap.
  • Julie Johnston, the captain of the U.S. U-20 WNT that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan, made her senior team debut by replacing Becky Sauerbrunn in the 83rd minute.
  • Sydney Leroux, who made her 29th career appearance, played in the first half of a game for the first time in her WNT career. She came off the bench in all 27 games she played in 2012.
  • Midfielder Yael Averbuch played in her first WNT game since she played the second half of a 2-0 victory against China PR during the Four Nations Tournament. Averbuch earned her 17th career cap when she replaced Shannon Boxx in the 66th minute.
  • In an odd twist of circumstances, Tom Sermanni’s first match was against the country of his birth, which was coached by a Swede, the country of birth of the USA’s previous coach, Pia Sundhage.
  • In the 24-game unbeaten streak since the USA lost to Japan on March 5 at the Algarve Cup in Portugal, the U.S. has scored 77 goals while allowing 19 in 21 wins and three ties.
  • Press’s first-half scoring effort was a rarity as the last player to score just one goal in the first half of her debut was Nikki Serlenga in 2000.
  • Longtime starting goalkeeper Hope Solo has a minor calf strain and did not suit up for the match. She had started in 22 straight games to end the 2012 campaign and started in 31 of the 32 matches overall, setting a new record for goalkeeper wins with 26.
  • Goalkeeper Jill Loyden made her fifth career appearance and second start. Her first cap and start for the U.S. WNT was a 2-1 victory against China PR on Oct. 2, 2010.
  • Nicole Barnhart played in goal for the second half, making her 47th career appearance.
  • Midfielder Megan Rapinoe and defender Rachel Buehler, who both arrived late into training camp and trained in just one practice session, did not suit up.

-U.S. Women's National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Scotland
Date: Feb. 9, 2013
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: EverBank Field
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Attendance: 18,656
Weather: 59 degrees, sunny, clear

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         2 2 4
SCO                         0 1 1

USA – Christen Press 13th minute
USA – Christen Press (Tobin Heath) 32
USA – Shannon Boxx (Christen Press) 52
SCO – Kim Little 54
USA – Sydney Leroux (Yael Averbuch) 89

USA: 21-Jill Loyden (18-Nicole Barnhart, 46); 11-Ali Krieger, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (26-Julie Johnston, 83), 5-Kelley O’Hara; 22-Christen Press (23-Kristie Mewis, 72), 7-Shannon Boxx (25 Yael Averbuch, 66), 10-Carli Lloyd, 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan (14-Sydney Leroux, 41), 20-Abby Wambach (12-Lauren Cheney, 55)
Substitutions Not Used: 9-Heather O'Reilly
Head coach: Tom Sermanni

SCO: 1-Gemma Fay (capt.); 2-Rhonda Jones, 3-Rachael Small (17-Frankie Brown, 84) 6-Joanne Love (15-Joelle Murray, 83), 7-Hayley Lauder, 8-Kim Little, 10-Jennifer Beattie (4-Elish McSorley, 73), 13-Jane Ross (11-Suzanne Grant, 88), 14-Leanne Crichton (5-Leanne Ross, 65), 16-Lisa Evans, 18-Emma Mitchell (9-Suzanne Malone, 73)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Shannon Lynn
Head coach: Anna Signeul

Stats Summary: USA / SCO
Shots: 20 / 8
Shots on Goal: 9 / 3
Saves: 2 / 5
Corner Kicks: 2 / 2
Fouls: 13 / 17
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
SCO – Joanne Love (caution) 39th minute
SCO – Rhonda Jones (caution) 80


Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Marlene Duffy (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Melanie Stoner (USA)
Fourth Official: Christina Ibanez (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Christen Press

Quote Sheet: Women's National Team Players Talk about Tom Sermanni

U.S. Women's National Team Quote Sheet
New Head Coach Tom Sermanni
Oct. 31, 2012

U.S. Women's National Team Midfielder SHANNON BOXX
On the hiring of Tom Sermanni:
“I’m very excited about the hire. Being coached by Tommy in the past, I thought he did a great job of managing the team and giving players confidence. He was one of the main reasons why I made the national team back in 2003. He’s helped Australia improve tremendously over the years and they are now competing with some of the best teams in the world. He has experience in big events and that’s really important for this team to have a coach that has been in those pressure situations.”

On moving the team forward:
“Pia came in and wanted to improve our attack and I think he will continue to take us down that road to keep getting better in that part of the game.”

On his coaching demeanor:
“He has a very calm presence and he allows you to play. He gives you a role and as long as you play your role, he will be fine with that player showing their personality on the field. I think that will be a positive for this team that has so many great talents and personalities.”

U.S. Women's National Team Forward ABBY WAMBACH
On the hiring of Tom Sermanni:
“Obviously, this is a great step for the Women’s National Team. He has proven his ability to bring young players into the mix and to mold veteran players to his style. He likes an attacking style and will be able to continue the progress we made with Pia. I’m excited for what the future holds.”

On his coaching demeanor:
“He’s a laid back kind of coach. He’s not the kind of coach that will be yelling all the time, but at the end of the day, the important thing that I know is on his mind is results, and the next stage is preparing for the 2015 World Cup.”

U.S. Women's National Team Midfielder MEGAN RAPINOE
On the hiring of Tom Sermanni:
“He’s going to bring the same kind laid-back relaxed atmosphere that has worked for this team, but he has a lot of good ideas and judging by the way Australia played in the last two games against us, I am very excited.”

On how Australia improved under Sermanni:
“In the two games we played against Australia in September, especially in the first halves of the games, I was impressed with how they kept the ball, were patient throughout the midfield, tried to keep the ball on the ground and were dynamic and unpredictable. His teams like to keep the ball on the ground and play an attacking style, which I like and is parallel with the way the world’s game is going.”

Boxx has been one of the best defensive-oriented midfielders in the world since her excellent performance at the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, but has also been a vitally important part of the U.S. attack for her scoring and ability to set the team's ball-possession rhythm. Boxx surpassed 150 career caps in 2011 and started five matches at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, making the FIFA Women's World Cup All-Star Team.

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 since debuting in 2003 before 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 … She had started 169 of her 180 career matches heading into 2013 … Has scored in five of the six matches she has played at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., just minutes from her hometown of Redondo Beach … 2012: Played in 27 games, starting 22 while scoring three goals with three assists … Suffered an injury early in the opening game of the 2012 Olympics, and missed the next four games, but recovered in time to start and play the entire championship match at Wembley Stadium in London, playing a key role in the USA winning its third consecutive Olympic gold medal … Played in four matches during Olympic qualifying, starting three … Scored the winning goal against Australia in a 2-1 victory at The Home Depot Center … 2011: Once again had a stellar year in the center of the midfield for the USA, starting all 17 games she played while scoring one goal (against Finland at the Algarve Cup) with two assists … Played 1,344 minutes and became one of just 16 players to surpass 150 caps for the USA … Started five matches at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, playing every minute, and was named to the FIFA Women’s World Cup All-Star Team … Made the first penalty kick in the dramatic shootout triumph against Brazil in the quarterfinal … 2010: Started all 18 matches the USA played, one of just two players to do so, and her 1,399 minutes were third on the team … Scored one goal, the 21st of her career, in a win against Mexico … Had five assists on the year … Started all five matches at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament, registering two assists, and played all 180 minutes in the two-leg WWC playoff against Italy … 2009: Continued her consistent run in the center of the U.S. midfield by starting seven of the eight matches the USA played and playing in them all, scoring two goals … Scored the tying goal in regulation with just seconds left in the championship game of the Algarve Cup and opened the scoring with an early goal during a 4-0 win against Canada in Toronto … Led the USA in minutes played with 614 … 2008: Displayed the form that has made her one of the world’s best at her position, starting all 33 games she played … Finished second on the team in minutes played with 2,807 … Scored just one goal, but it was a crucial game-winner in a 1-0 victory against China in January to give the USA the Four Nations Tournament title … Played every minute of all six matches at the 2008 Olympics and was one of the USA’s most important players … Assisted on the game-winning goal in the Olympic quarterfinal win against Canada … Was on the 10-player short list for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year … 2007: Returned to the U.S. team at the Algarve Cup after recovering from major knee surgery, starting against Finland in the second group match and playing 90 minutes before coming off the bench in the final two games … Tallied her first goal of the year, and first since her injury, against Japan with a header in a 4-1 win on July 28 at Spartan Stadium … Started 14 of the 18 games she played, scoring four goals with three assists … Scored against England in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinal … She started four of the five games in the Women’s World Cup but was given an undeserved red card in the semifinal against Brazil and was suspended for the third-place match … 2006: Started all three games at the Four Nations Tournament in China, helping the USA to the title, while scoring on a header against Norway … Started all four games at the Algarve Cup and was named Tournament MVP for the second time (also won the award in 2004) … After recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum in her hip, she tore the MCL and ACL in her right knee during practice in mid-July at Residency Training Camp and was out for eight months … 2005: Started all four games at the Algarve Cup, playing all but 23 minutes of the tournament … Started all nine games the USA played, was third in minutes played, and scored one goal (against Iceland) with one assist … 2004: Started 31 of the 32 matches she played and was second on the team in minutes played with 2,714 … Scored eight goals with five assists, including a goal in Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy’s last game on Dec. 8 … Scored her first career hat trick against Trinidad and Tobago at the Olympic qualifying tournament in Costa Rica … Started all six games at the 2004 Olympics, scored the opening goal of the tournament against Greece and had the game-winning assist against Japan in the quarterfinal … She captained the FIFA Women’s World All-Star Team against Germany in Paris in May, leading her team to a 3-2 victory …  Named MVP of the Algarve Cup in March as the USA defeated Norway 4-1 in the title game … Finished seventh in the voting for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year … 2003: Played in the final two matches before the Women’s World Cup, her first two career caps and starts, and scored goals in both games … Started all five games in which she played at the 2003 Women’s World Cup … Scored against Sweden in the opening game of the tournament and also against Canada to help clinch the third-place match, which was the 1,000th goal in U.S. WNT history … She was one of three U.S. players named to the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup All-Star Team … Set a U.S. record by scoring in her first three matches, against Costa Rica and Mexico right before the Women’s World Cup, and then in the tournament opener against Sweden … 2002: Called into training camp in January in Charleston, S.C. … 2001: Participated in training camp in October in San Diego, Calif. … Youth National Team: A member of the U.S. Under-21 National Team pool during 1995-96 … First Appearance: Sept. 1, 2003, vs. Costa Rica … First Goal: Sept. 1, 2003, vs. Costa Rica.

2013: Allocated to the Chicago Red Stars for the inaugural NWLS season … 2011: Signed with magicJack for the 2011 WPS season and played 833 minutes in 10 games while starting them all … 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 … Played all 90 minutes for magicJack in both playoff matches … 2010: Started the season with St. Louis Athletic, playing every minute of six games while scored one goal with three assists, but after the team ceased operations, she signed with FC Gold Pride, helping the squad to the WPS regular season title and championship … Ended up starting 19 of the 20 total games she played … Totaled one goal with five assists on the season … A WPS All-Star Game starter and the fifth overall vote-getter … 2009: Allocated to Los Angeles Sol for the inaugural WPS season in 2009 where she was the team captain …  Started 18 of 19 matches she played for the Sol, scoring three goals with three assists … Named to the WPS First Team and played in the WPS All-Star Game … Her tremendous play in midfield all season long helped the Sol to a first place finish during the regular season with a 12-3-5 record and a berth in the WPS Championship Game … 2003: Had her best WUSA season with the New York Power, starting all 21 games and scoring one goal … Named to the All-WUSA First-Team … Named to the WUSA All-Star Team … 2002: Played in 20 games, starting 15 for the San Diego Spirit … Recorded two goals and two assists … Traded to the New York Power on Sept. 30 … 2001: Was drafted in the third round, 19th overall in the 2001 inaugural draft by the San Diego Spirit … The iron-woman of the Spirit, Boxx started all 21 matches and missed only 20 minutes of action all season long … Led the team in fouls committed (48) and fouls suffered (42) … Scored three goals and added five assists for 11 points … Captained the Spirit in the one match Julie Foudy missed due to National Team commitments. … Etc.: Played with women’s club Ajax of Los Angeles in 1994 when she was in high school and in 2000 and 2005 … Also played with the Boston Renegades in 1999 … Did a stint with Saarbrücken of the German Women’s Bundesliga in 1999-00 … Played youth club with the Torrance United Waves from 1988-94, helping the team to regional titles in 1993 and 1994, earning tournament MVP honors both years. 

Full name is Shannon Leigh Boxx … Nickname is “Boxxy” … Graduated from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters in 1999 with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and African-American studies … Revealed in 2012 that she had Lupus, but has coped with the disease extremely well and has become a spokesperson for the cause … Her sister Gillian won a gold medal in softball at the 1996 Olympics and is now a firefighter in San Jose, Calif. … She and her sister have identical Olympic rings tattoos on their ankles … Also played softball, volleyball and basketball in high school … The Ocean League Scholar Athlete in 1995 and her high school’s female athlete of the year … A three year honor roll member in both high school and at Notre Dame … Participated in the Avon 3-Day Walk for Breast Cancer Research from Santa Barbara to Malibu, Calif. … Favorite meal is Mom’s homemade chili … Always tries to eat banana pancakes the morning before a game … Loves stale Peeps … Favorite non-soccer athlete is Michael Jordan … Prior to breaking into the National Team, she was accepted into a master’s program for clinical psychology at Pepperdine in Malibu, Calif.

Attended Notre Dame from 1995-99 … Led Fighting Irish to 89-8-4 record during her four-year career … Ranks among top 15 in school history in six career categories – consecutive games played (101 – tied/third), total games played (101 – tied/fourth), assists (57 – sixth), points (135 – 12th) and goals (39 – 15th) … One of 12 players in school history with at least 30 career goals and 30 career assists, as well as 11 Fighting Irish players who have appeared in every game of their Notre Dame careers … A member of the Soccer America All-Freshman Team in 1995 and an All-Big East selection in 1995, 1996 and 1997 … As a freshman in 1995, she helped Notre Dame to its first NCAA women’s soccer title in addition to College Cup berths in 1996 (title game) and 1997 (semifinals) and four Big East titles … Earned Big East Scholar-Athlete Award in 1998 … High School: Attended South Torrance High School from 1991-95 … A Parade High School All-American in 1995.