Player Details


Michael Boxall


6' 2"


201 lbs

Date of Birth

8.18.1988 (34)


Auckland, New Zealand



Position Detail

Central Defender

Preferred Side




Roster Category

Career Summary

ACQUIRED: Signed with Minnesota United on 7.12.2017

New Zealand international Boxall joined MNUFC on July 12, 2017 after representing his country at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. He proceeded to start 12 of 12 matches to close out the season, adding experience and positional depth to the team with his flexibility along the backline, where he can play as either a right-sided center back or right back.

Boxall is no stranger to MLS, after being selected first overall in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft by Vancouver Whitecaps FC ahead of its inaugural MLS season. He made 19 league appearances for Whitecaps FC that year, starting 18 of them, and helped the team to the Canadian Championship final, where it fell 3-2 on aggregate to Toronto FC.

In July 2012, Boxall joined Wellington Phoenix in the Australian A-League. He mainly featured off the bench, but came into his own during the 2014–15 campaign, during which time he had a pair of goals and an assist in 18 appearances to help the club to a spot in the postseason.

His move to SuperSport United in the South African Premier Division came the following season. Boxall immediately adopted a key role for the club, featuring in nearly every match over two seasons. He helped lead the team to back-to-back Nedbank Cup titles, toppling South African powerhouse Orlando Pirates in both championship matches.

Boxall began his career in his home country with Central United FC (where he won the 2007 Northern Premier League title) and Auckland FC (where he won the New Zealand Football Championship). He was named Auckland City Young Player of the Year with the former in 2006 and again with the latter in 2007.

The defender came to the U.S. to attend the University of California Santa Barbara, where he played four seasons for the Gauchos. He was named first-team All-Big West in 2009 and won the 2010 Big West Defender of the Year award. Boxall played his high school soccer at Mount Albert Grammar School, winning league titles in 2004 and 2005, in addition to a first-place finish at the national tournament in 2005.

2022: Made first start on February 26 at PHI

2021: Made first start on April 16 at SEA...Provided first assist on November 7 at LA

2020: Made first start on March 1 at POR...Set the club all-time appearance record on September 19 at HOU

2019: Made first appearance on March 2 at VAN...Scored first goal of the year on July 3 vs SJ...Scored second goal on September 29 vs LAFC

2018: Made first start on March 3 at SJ...Scored first MLS goal on August 11 at LA...Scored second goal of the year on September 22 vs POR

2017: Made MNUFC debut on July 22 vs NYRB

INTERNATIONAL: Boxall has 32 appearances for the New Zealand national team since making his debut in 2011. He mainly featured in international friendlies to start, but has since become a mainstay in World Cup qualifying matches as well. He got his first international assist on October 11, 2016 against the United States, tying the match at 1-1 late in the second half. On March 24, 2018, Boxall captained his country for the first time in a 1-0 defeat to Canada.

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