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.
Was mainstay with U.S. National Team as a defender from 1998-2010 (one of seven American women with at least 200 caps), starting for 2000 (silver), 2004 (gold) and 2008 (gold) Olympic squads and earning reputation as one of the top marking backs in American women's soccer history ... one of only three athletes with Notre Dame connections to earn two gold medals (along with soccer teammate Shannon Boxx and fencer Mariel Zagunis, all three taking gold in both 2004 and 2008) ... one of only three Fighting Irish athletes to earn three Olympic medals (along with Zagunis, who added a bronze in team sabre in 2008, and track legend Alex Wilson, who earned bronze in the 4x400-meter relay in 1928, followed four years later by a bronze in the 400 meters and 4x400-meter relay, and a silver in the 800 meters) ... one of only two athletes with Notre Dame connections to participate in three Olympiads (along with Mike Gostigian, who competed in modern pentathlon in 1988, 1992 and 1996 Games).
In addition to Olympic career, was starter for American side that won 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup (and finished third in both 2003 and 2007) ... played professionally in the United States in both the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) with the Boston Breakers (2001-03), and in Women's Professional Soccer with the Chicago Red Stars (2009-10) ... earned WUSA's 2001 Humanitarian Award.
Three-time All-American during her career at Notre Dame from 1994-97 ... Most Outstanding Defensive Player of 1995 NCAA Championship, helping lead the Fighting Irish to the first of their three NCAA titles while posting 19 shutouts along the way (including all six postseason matches) ... scored seven goals and added 24 assists in 97 career matches (all starts; still good for eighth in Notre Dame record book) ... named BIG EAST Conference Defensive Player of the Year on 1997 squad that outscored opponents by a staggering 135-9 margin (0.36 goals-against average).
A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., she graduated from Notre Dame in 1998 with her bachelor's degree in science-business ... is an advisor to the Notre Dame Monogram Club, having formerly served on that body's Board of Directors from 2009-12 ... was a color analyst for ESPN during the network's coverage of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup ... married to former Providence College soccer player Chris Markgraf and has three children, now making their home in Whitefish Bay, Wis.