Shannon Boxx, Lindsay Tarpley head to D.C.

Shannon Boxx, whose first three teams in Women's Professional Soccer folded, has signed with a club that nearly packed it in last fall.

Boxx (Redondo Beach/South Torrance HS) signed with the Washington Freedom, a club that survived the Women's United Soccer Association's 2003-04 demise but announced last fall it would cease operations unless additional investment was made in the club. Communications industry veteran Dan Borislow purchased a controlling interest, it was announced in December.

Boxx, a central midfielder, was a pivotal player in the L.A. Sol's run to the 2009 regular-season title, joined Saint Louis Athletica when the Sol folded in January 2010 and went to FC Gold Pride when Athletica disbanded six weeks into last season. FC Gold Pride folded after winning the WPS championship last summer.

Midfielder/forward Lindsay Tarpley (Hermosa Beach), whose husband, B.J. Snow, is the head coach of UCLA's women's team, also signed with the Freedom, as did U.S. national team captain Christie Rampone, a center back who was Sky Blue FC's player/coach when it won the inaugural WPS title.

Other Washington offseason acquisitions: defender Marian Dalmy and forwards Johanna Rasmussen and Ella Masar.