L.A. Sol holding midfielder Shannon Boxx, a former South (Torrance) High star, was today named one of the 10 finalists for the annual FIFA honor. The U.S. Women’s National Team player finished third in balloting for the award in 2005.
Also named to the list: her (hopefully) soon to be Sol teammate Marta.
The full list: Nadine Angerer (Germany), Shannon Boxx (USA), Cristiane (Brazil), Daniela (Brazil), Marta (Brazil), Birgit Prinz (Germany), Christine Sinclair (Canada), Kelly Smith (England), Hope Solo (USA) and Ingvild Stensland (Norway).
Boxxy stopped by the Home Depot Center Sunday to chat about the new Sol franchise, before the nominees were announced.
Here’s some excerpts of what she had to say:
*On the new Women’s Professional Soccer league and having a team in L.A.:
“It’s very exciting to finally say that to be close to home we have a league, obviously I’m a product of the last league, so to be close to home – I’ve always wanted an L.A. team – to stay close to home and play in front of my friends and family, I’m very excited.”
On how the team is coming together:
“I think we have a great team. … (Coach) Abner (Rogers) is going to be playing possession style, I love that, so it’s fitting for me as well … We want to play style that’s fun to watch.”
BTW, here are the 23 nominees for the male award: Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo), Sergio Agero (Argentina), Andrei Arshavin (Russia), Michael Ballack (Germany), Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Iker Casillas (Spain), Deco (Portugal), Didier Drogba (Cte d’Ivoire), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon), Cesc Fabregas (Spain), Steven Gerrard (England), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden), Andrs Iniesta (Spain), Kak (Brazil), Frank Lampard (England), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Franck Ribry (France), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), John Terry (England), Fernando Torres (Spain), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands), David Villa (Spain) and Xavi (Spain).
Winners are scheduled to be announced in January.