Player Details

Name

Michael Boxall

Height

6' 2"

Weight

201 lbs

Date of Birth

8.18.1988 (32)

Birthplace

Auckland, New Zealand

Position

Defender

Position Detail

Central Defender

Preferred Side

Centre

Roster Category

Senior
2021 MLS Regular Season
2021 MLS Regular Season

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Career Summary

HOW ACQUIRED: Signed by Minnesota from SuperSport on July 12, 2017. Re-signed Oct. 29, 2019

The veteran center back joined MNUFC in July of their inaugural MLS season in 2017 and has been a mainstay in the Minnesota backline since then. At the heart of the Loons defensive turnaround, he set the club all-time appearance record on September 19, 2020

INTERNATIONAL: Boxall has represented the New Zealand senior national team 33 times since winning his first cap in 2011, including representing them at the 2017 Confederations Cup. He also competed for the All-Whites' youth national teams and played for his country at the 2007 Under-20 World Cup and 2008 Olympic Games.

OUTSIDE MLS: After departing the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2012, Boxall returned to his native country to play for Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand's representative in the Australian A-League. In 2015, he moved to South African side SuperSport United, making 53 appearances and helping the team win the Nedbank Cup, South Africa's equivalent to the US Open Cup.

COLLEGE: Played four years at UC Santa Barbara, was named NSCAA Third Team All-America, All-Far West Region First Team and Big West Defender of the Year in his senior year.

NOTES:  Selected No. 1 overall in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft

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