Boxx, Fawcett Named to FIFA Women's World Cup All-Star Team
U.S. defender Joy Fawcett, one of the greatest players in Women’s World Cup history, and midfielder Shannon Boxx, a Women’s World Cup debutante, were named to the First 11 of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2003 All-Star Team. Forward Mia Hamm, whose inspiration play, passing and scoring, led the USA throughout the tournament, was named as one of the five reserves.
"Well, add that to the list things this month I didn’t expect," said Boxx, who made the U.S. Women’s World Cup Team without having earned an international cap and played in just two international matches before the tournament. "Everything has been surreal, but it is a real honor to be included with those great players. I know I’ve worked hard to get here, but I’ve never seen myself on the level of those women. There were just some amazing players we played against in this World Cup and to be compared to them is awesome. I’m in shock. Wow."
Fawcett, who has played 221 times internationally and who has started in all four Women’s World Cup tournaments for the USA, was once again a rock in the back, marshalling a defense that let in just two goals in five games (and one from the run of play) until the final seconds of the semifinal match. Fawcett has played every minute of every game so far, just like she did in the 1999 Women’s World Cup and the 2000 and 1996 Olympics.
Boxx set a U.S. record by scoring in her first three international games, including the opening 3-1 win over eventual finalist Sweden. She has played 341 minutes over four matches so far, starting all four.
"I would have given up in a second any individual honor to have been in the Final," said Boxx. "I feel partly responsible for us not getting there, because I don’t think I played up to my level in the last game, but everyone on the team definitely played their hearts out and I’ll always think of this team as champions."
Hamm, who has scored two goals with four assists in this tournament, was named to the FIFA All-Starreserve team. Hamm has scored eight goals in Women’s World Cup play as part of her world record 144 international tallies.
The players were chose by the FIFA Technical Study Group, which selected 11 starters and five substitutes to the honored. Germany placed five players in the first 11, while two starters and a substitute made the list from Sweden. Following is the complete FIFA Women’s World Cup 2003 All-Star Team.
Silke ROTTENBERG - GER
WANG Liping - CHN
Joy FAWCETT- USA
Charmaine HOOPER - CAN
Sandra MINNERT - GER
Bettina WIEGMANN - GER
Malin MOSTROM - SWE
Shannon BOXX - USA
Maren MEINERT - GER
Birgit PRINZ - GER
Victoria SVENSSON - SWE
G Caroline JONSSON - SWE
M Solveig GULBRANDSEN - NOR
M MARTA - BRA
F Mia HAMM - USA
F Dagny MELLGREN - NOR