The Soccer Desk

Shannon Boxx Out 4-6 Weeks


The Chicago Red Stars announced today that US midfielder Shannon Boxx underwent exploratory knee surgery that will keep her out of action for the next 4-6 weeks. Boxx has been playing with swelling and pain in her right knee for the past several months. The surgery will keep Boxx sidelined for about 4-6 weeks, which means that she will not be available for the US Women’s National Team’s June 2nd Olympic rematch against Canada at BMO Field in Toronto.

With the veteran midfielder not available for team selection, Tom Sermanni will have to hope that Carli Lloyd has recovered from the break in her shoulder to help round out a depleted center midfield for the US Women. If Lloyd is available for the game, that would leave Lauren Cheney and Yael Averbuch as the only other center midfielders with CAPS going into the Rematch. While there is the option of playing Christen Press in center midfield, it would be better going against a strong Canadian side to have some experience in the middle of the field.

The likely center midfield combination for Sermanni would be to have Carli Lloyd as the holding center midfielder and Lauren Cheney playing as the attacking center midfielder. You also have the option of Yael Averbuch playing in the holding center midfield position, with either Lloyd or Cheney in the attacking center midfield role.

While there are going to be a lot of questions regarding how the midfield will look for the US Women for the Rematch against our neighbors to the North, one thing is for sure, Tom Sermanni has the depth and options available to him field a team that will go toe-to-toe with any side that Canada fields.