Kate Sobrero Markgraf and Shannon Boxx back in their familiar starting roles with Team USA while three others (Candace Chapman, Katie Thorlakson and Melissa Tancredi) are top players for the Canadian National Team; all games to be televised live by ESPN or ESPN2 (with early-morning air times).
Boxx, Sobrero Markgraf anchor rock-solid U.S. defense to OT win over Brazil in Olympic title game.
Gifted player who will go down as one of the greatest defensive midfielders ever to play for the United States National Team in an international career that began in 2003 ... set to make her third Olympic appearance in 2012, having previously won gold with Team USA in 2004 (Athens) and 2008 (Beijing) ... with first competition at this year's London Games, will be one of four athletes with Notre Dame connections to participate in three Olympiads, along with modern pentathlete Mike Gostigian (1988, 1992, 1996), former soccer teammate Kate (Sobrero) Markgraf (2000, 2004, 2008) and fencer Mariel Zagunis (2004, 2008, 2012) ... already joins Markgraf and Zagunis as the three Fighting Irish athletes with two Olympic gold medals ... scored United States' first goal of 2004 Athens Games (and her first Olympic score) in 14th minute of 3-0 group-play win over host Greece ... assisted on Abby Wambach's game-winning goal in 2004 quarterfinal win over Japan ... played every minute for United States in 2008 Olympics, assisting on Natasha Kai's overtime goal in quarterfinal victory over Canada.
Has played for Team USA in past three FIFA Women's World Cups (2003, 2007, 2011), helping Americans to runner-up finish in '11, and third-place showings in the prior two appearances ... named to 2003 and 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup All-Star Team ... also was top-10 candidate for 2004 and 2008 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year honors ... started all five matches during '03 WWC (first two career caps came in final two warm-up matches before tournament), scoring twice, including clinching goal in third-place contest vs. Canada (the 1,000th goal in U.S. Women's National Team history) ... started four matches in '07 WWC, scoring in quarterfinal win over England ... started five matches in '11 WWC, playing every minute, and converting first penalty kick in shootout win over Brazil in quarterfinals (also saw her cross resulted in a first-half own-goal that gave USA 1-0 lead) ... has 167 caps and 23 goals in her U.S. Women's National Team career.
Competed in two American professional leagues -- the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) with the San Diego Spirit (2001-02) and the New York Power (2003), and Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) with the Los Angeles Sol (2009 - captain for regular season champion), Saint Louis Athletica (2010), FC Gold Pride (2010 - regular season/postseason champion) and magicJack (2011) ... was 2003 All-WUSA and 2009 WPS First Team selection, as well as two-time WPS All-Star pick (2009, 2010).
Helped Notre Dame win the 1995 NCAA national championship, while also finishing as runner-up in 1996 and semifinalist in 1997 ... three-time all-BIG EAST Conference selection (1995-97) ... piled up 39 goals and 57 assists in her career, ranking sixth in school history in assists and 13th all-time with 135 points, while being one of 12 players to register 30 goals and 30 assists at Notre Dame ... one of 13 Fighting Irish players to appear in every match of her college career, playing in 101 contests and making 96 starts ... tied for fourth in program history in consecutive matches played (101) and tied for sixth in total matches played ... integral part of the two highest-scoring teams in NCAA Division I history, with the '96 Notre Dame squad potting 140 goals, and the '97 team netting 135 goals ... in terms of average goals per match, the '97 team ranks third in NCAA history at 5.40, and the '96 club is fourth at 5.38.
Hailing from Torrance, Calif., she graduated from Notre Dame in 1999 with bachelor's degrees in psychology and African-American studies ... her sister, Gillian, also won a gold medal with the United States softball team in 1996 (and after Shannon earned her gold medal in 2004, both sisters had the Olympic rings tattooed on their ankles).