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« on: October 15, 2008, 09:12:58 PM »
Extract from WPS report on Los Angeles' allocated WNT players.

Allocated players excited to make their mark on LA
Thursday, September 18, 2008
by Dan Lauletta,

(Sept. 18, 2008) -- Already home to two Major League Soccer franchises, The Home Depot Center, and of course David Beckham, Los Angeles could be considered the most ready-made market of the seven set to field WPS teams in 2009.  With Shannon Boxx and Aly Wagner allocated to the club on Tuesday, the new team can now boast a ready-made midfield.

A midfield that includes Wagner and Boxx will afford Los Angeles head coach Abner Rogers many luxuries.  Wagner is a creative midfielder with exceptional ball skills and an uncanny ability to thread the needle to deliver the ball to her frontrunners.

“She has a special quality…and that is to play the final pass,” National Team Head Coach Pia Sundhage said after naming Wagner as one of the final members of the Olympic squad.

Boxx and Wagner have known each other since they were youngsters playing in California, and Boxx hosted Wagner during a recruiting trip to Notre Dame (Wagner eventually chose Santa Clara.)  But Boxx’s career was forever changed by a WUSA trade in 2002 that sent her from San Diego to New York. The player the Spirit wanted with the top pick was Aly Wagner.

Another lure of Los Angeles is a chance to play home matches at The Home Depot Center, which houses the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA and where the National Team trains when not on the road.

With international and domestic drafts scheduled to take place over the next few weeks, Boxx, Wagner, and Cox will have a host of new teammates as they look to add a WPS championship to their respective trophy cases.  In the meantime they will try to soak in the excitement of being part of the first group of players to officially join the league.

Aly Wagner has represented the United States in international play 126 times and is a two time Olympic gold medalist, in 2004 in Athens and most recently in 2008 in Beijing. Aly played her first game with the national team in December of 1998 against the Ukraine. Wagner claimed bronze at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup and in 2005 became seventh on the U.S. all-time assist list.