Veterans to be honored in last international career games against Brazil.
Chicago, Ill. – U.S. Women’s National Team and Chicago Red Stars veterans Shannon Boxx and Lori Chalupny, both whom announced their international retirements earlier this year, will play in their final matches for the USA during the team’s October’s matches against Brazil.
Boxx will play her final match on October 21st when the USA faces Brazil at CenturyLink Field in Seattle (8:30 pm CT on ESPN2/WatchESPN). Chalupny will play in her final match on October 25th against Brazil at Citrus Bowl in Orlando (1:30 pm CT on Fox Sports 1/Fox Sports GO). Both games are part of the Women’s National Team Victory Tour.
Both players will be honored, along with fellow NWSL and USWNT member Lauren Holiday, before their respective final matches and Boxx will travel with the team to Orlando.
“It’s important that we honor these players and celebrate their amazing careers,” said U.S. head coach Jill Ellis. “All three have played a major role in the writing of this team’s history and have been a part of some of our greatest successes. They will be missed as people and players.”
Boxx, 38, had 194 caps and 27 goals and has represented the USA in four Women’s World Cup tournaments and three Olympic Games. She finished third in the voting for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year in 2005 and was named to two Women’s World Cup All-Star Teams. She made a remarkable comeback back from the birth of her daughter, as well as from injuries and illness, to make her final Women’s World Cup Team in 2015.
“I feel like it’s the right time and I’m feeling really comfortable about the end of my career,” said Boxx. “After winning the World Cup, I don’t feel like there is anything left to accomplish and I’m proud I was able to make a final comeback and help the team. I’m just really excited to be on the field one more time with my teammates and play in front of my family. Out of all the big games I’ve played and major tournaments I’ve been a part of, the thing I will miss the most is being around my teammates in such a competitive environment that was also still a family atmosphere. That will be hard to replicate and I’m just thankful to have been a part of that for all these years.”
Chalupny, 31, who has 105 caps and 10 goals, made a return to the U.S. team at the end of 2014 after being away for almost five years due to concussion issues. She has yet to make a final decision on continuing to play in the NWSL next season.
“There is of course some sadness to see this chapter of my life come to an end, but it’s also a happy time to look back at all the fantastic experiences I’ve had through soccer,” said Chalupny. “It’s great to get the opportunity to play one last game with your friends and to be able to go out on your own terms is a cool thing and certainly something to be appreciated.”