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Jaedyn Shaw makes USWNT debut: Meet San Diego’s teen phenom

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Jaedyn Shaw’s stock continues to rise.

When the U.S. women’s national team announced the 27-player roster for its September friendlies, two new but familiar faces were on it: Chelsea’s Mia Fishel and San Diego Wave’s Shaw.

While Fishel received her first USWNT call-up in October 2020, she still is seeking her first international cap. Meanwhile, Shaw is making her training camp debut with the USWNT in her first full NWSL season.

During the 2022 season, Shaw chose to forgo her college eligibility to sign with the Wave through the now-defunct NWSL discovery process. The second-youngest player to compete in the NWSL at the time at 17 years old, Shaw became the youngest player to score in their NWSL debut when she notched the game-winner against Chicago last July. She finished the season with three goals in seven games.

In her first full NWSL season, Shaw has continued to impress. Through 18 matches – 15 of which were starts – the 18-year-old has five goals, which puts her among the best in the NWSL. She is tied for first on the Wave in goals with USWNT star forward Alex Morgan.

Her success made her eventual ascension to the USWNT ranks seem like a question of when, not if. After all, she already has played amongst the U.S. youth ranks, starring for the U-15 squad and more recently the U-20 squad, with two goals in six appearances.

She’s a star in the making, described by Wave head coach Casey Stoney as a player whose “vision and ability to pick a pass that breaks a backline is some of the best I’ve seen in the game, and I’ve been in the game a long time.”

And her San Diego teammates, who already are starring for the USWNT, have echoed the sentiment: Shaw is ready for her moment.

“I think Jae’s gonna be so good. I mean, she’s already so good,” USWNT and Wave defender Naomi Girma told Just Women’s Sports. “I think she’s gonna get so much better, so she’s an exciting one to watch.”