Mana Shim listed on San Diego Wave’s preseason roster

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San Diego Wave FC announced its 34-player training camp roster on Monday, with midfielder Mana Shim a surprise addition.

Shim, who last played in the NWSL in 2019, is listed as a non-roster invitee.

The 30-year-old has played six seasons in the league, most recently for the Houston Dash in 2019 before retiring to attend law school. She made headlines last year as one of two former players to come forward publicly with allegations of sexual assault against Paul Riley while he was coach of the Portland Thorns. Shim, who played for Portland from 2013-17, also accused Thorns GM Gavin Wilkinson of intimidating her to keep her sexual identity quiet.

In the wake of The Athletic’s initial report, the North Carolina Courage fired Riley and the Thorns placed Wilkinson on leave while they conducted an independent investigation into the allegations. He has since been reinstated as club president.

The NWSL and NWSLPA, meanwhile, are conducting a joint investigation into misconduct within the league. The ongoing investigation was the result of the Riley allegations and other abuse scandals that rocked the league during the 2021 season.

In late January, Shim was featured in one of Alex Morgan’s TikTok videos, suggesting that the two had been training together. Morgan, Shim’s teammate with the Thorns from 2013-15, was key in helping Shim tell her story and report the abuse to the league.

@alexmorgan13 uh-oh🙃 #ifykyk @meleanashim ♬ original sound - SheboyganSmileCenter

NWSL preseason begins Tuesday following the ratification of the league’s first-ever CBA.