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FC Gold Pride Agrees To Terms With Shannon Boxx

June 1, 2010 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - FC Gold Pride News Release


HAYWARD, CA (June 1, 2010) - FC Gold Pride, Bay Area Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) team announced today the team has agreed to terms with midfielder, Shannon Boxx. Boxx became a free agent following the dissolution of her previous team, Saint Louis Athletica, which closed operations last Thursday, May 27. In the 540 minutes of game action Boxx has played this season for Athletica, she has scored one goal and assisted three. Her three assists, which match her 2009 season total, rank her third among league leaders in WPS. "We're very excited to have Shannon join the Pride," said FC Gold Pride Head Coach Albertin Montoya. "She is one of the best midfielders in the world. Her experience, leadership and skills are invaluable. She has all of the qualities we're looking for in a player, I know she'll fit in very well with the Pride."

The California native (Redondo Beach), who is expected to arrive in the Bay Area in time for the June 5 match against the Washington Freedom, will join former Los Angeles Sol teammates Camille Abily, Marta, and Brittany Cameron. Boxx, a 2009 WPS All-Star, appeared in 19 matches, scoring three goals and making three assists for Regular Season Champion Los Angeles Sol.

A fixture on the US Women's National Team (USWNT), Boxx broke into the international scene in 2003, making her debut with the full USWNT just prior to the start of the 2003 Women's World Cup. Since her debut, she has established herself as a mainstay in the lineup, earning 124 caps and scoring 24 goals. Boxx has helped the United States to two Olympic gold medals, two third place finishes at the World Cup and five Algarve Cup titles.

Her professional career began overseas when she played for the FC Saarbrücken the women's Bundesliga in Germany for a season (2000) before returning to the United States to be a part of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) as a member of the San Diego Spirit (2001-02) and the New York Power (2003). As a member of the Power, Boxx was honored as the league's MVP for her outstanding play in 2003.

Boxx's steady rise to the top began with her collegiate career at Notre Dame where she was a four year (2005-2008) starter for the Fighting Irish. While there, she helped the program to its first-ever NCAA Division 1 national title in 2005.

Boxx will make her debut as a member of the Pride this Saturday, June 5 as the Pride hosts Abby Wambach and the Washington Freedom in the team's fourth and final match at Castro Valley High School Athletic Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 pm PT. For more information or to purchase tickets call 888-541-3511 or visit FCGoldPride.com.

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