One of the breakout players of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup as Stephanie Lopez, the since married Cox is one of the USA’s most experienced defenders. Able to play on either flank, she’s seen most of her time on the left where her calmness under pressure and comfort with the ball have benefited the team in keeping possession and building the attack. Totally two-footed, her services from the wings and passing over distance could be of great benefit during the tournament.
Women's National Team
Defender Caps/Goals -
Date of Birth
Elk Grove, Calif.
Seattle Reign FC
One of the USA’s most skillful two-footed players, she has shown the ability to play anywhere on the back line during her extensive youth and full international career … 2011: Played in 14 games, starting seven, and had one assist that came on her first touch against Colombia in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup just moments after she had entered the match as a substitute … Played 67 minutes over two matches at the Women’s World Cup in Germany during her second World Cup tournament at the senior level … 2010: Had a resurgence of sorts with the U.S. team, playing in nine games while starting six … Played in one match at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament … 2009: Played in one match, going 90 minutes against Canada in Charleston, S.C. … 2008: Played in 24 games for the USA, starting nine … A member of the 2008 Olympic team, she earned her roster spot after being brought back into the team due to an injury to Cat Whitehill … Ended up playing a key role in the Olympics, coming off the bench in four matches and starting one … Had the crucial assist to Carli Lloyd in the USA’s 1-0 victory against Japan in group play … Had four assists during the year attacking from outside back … 2007: Earned a consistent starting slot on the WNT … Her role became even more important after Heather Mitts went down in May with a torn ACL … Started 18 of the 21 games she played, developing into an impact player on the back line … Started all six games at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, her first world championship at the senior level, and played all but 45 minutes of the tournament … At 21, she was the youngest member and only player with college eligibility on the Women’s World Cup team … Had four assists during the year, but her corner kicks at the Women’s World Cup helped created two goals … 2006: Earned her second and third caps at the 2006 Algarve Cup, where she also made her first career start, going 90 minutes in a 4-1 victory against France … Made the roster for the 2006 Four Nations Tournament in China, but did not play … Played in eight total games, starting one … 2005: Earned her first call-up to the Women’s National Team and first cap at the 2005 Algarve Cup in Portugal … Came on as a substitute in the third match of the tournament against Denmark … Youth National Teams: The captain of the U.S. squad at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia … Had 34 international caps for the U.S. U-19s/U-20s … Played in four of six games at the 2006 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia, helping the USA to a fourth place finish … She made penalty kicks in shootouts in both the semifinal and third-place match … Played in 22 matches for the U-20s in 2006, including 10 international games … Did not participate in qualifying for the 2006 U-20 Women’s World Championship as she was in China with the full team … She saw first action with the U.S. U-21s in 2005 and played every minute of all four games at the 2005 Nordic Cup, helping the USA to the title … Starter at left back for the U.S. U-19s at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand, she played every minute of all six matches … Had both assists in the USA’s 2-0 quarterfinal win against Australia … Has been involved in the U.S. National Team Youth programs since 2000 … Started all 24 games she played in 2004 with the U-19s, including 17 full internationals … Had seven assists on the year including five in full internationals … Started all five matches at the 2004 CONCACAF Qualifying tournament, playing all but seven minutes of the competition … In 2003, she played seven international matches, starting all seven …Played in camps with the U-16 GNT and U-17 WNT in 2002 and was part of the U-14 GNT Identification Camp in 2000 … First Appearance: March 13, 2005, vs. Denmark … First Goal: None.
2011: Played 11 games, starting them all, spanning 969 minutes for the Boston Breakers and helped the team to a WPS playoff berth … 2010: Signed with the Boston Breakers for the 2010 WPS season … Started all 23 regular season matches she played in … Scored one goal – her first as a professional – with three assists while helping the team to a second place finish and a playoff berth into the Super Semifinal … Led Boston in minutes played with 2,038 during the regular season and was the only player to play more than 2,000 minutes … 2009: Allocated to the Los Angeles Sol for the inaugural WPS season in 2009 … Had an excellent season at left back for the Sol in 2009, playing every minute of all 19 matches she started while helping the club to a first-place finish during the regular season and a berth in the WPS championship game … Youth: Played club for Elk Grove United along with college and current U.S. teammate Megan Rapinoe … In 2003, she helped her Elk Grove United win the U-19 State and Regional championships and was runner-up at Nationals … Won 2002 and 2003 U-19 Premier League champs … All-League in Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) for Elk Grove Pride in 2002.