Meet the U.S. Women's World Cup team: Midfielder Shannon Boxx
Midfielder | No. 7
Hometown: Redondo Beach, California
Club: Chicago Red Stars
The most surprising inclusion on the roster, Boxx will be playing in her fourth World Cup. Like Amy Rodriguez, she returned to play in 2014 giving birth to her first child. She only played five games for the Chicago Red Stars in 2014 and trained with the national team but did not play in any matches.
Her first U.S. appearance since taking time off came in the 2015 Algarve Cup, but coach Jill Ellis said Boxx’s performances have gotten steadily better in training and closed-door friendlies, and she could be a viable option off the bench to close out matches from a holding midfield spot. Boxx made the 2003 World Cup squad as an uncapped player.