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Alex Morgan says Mana Shim has “unfinished business” in NWSL

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Mana Shim has “unfinished business” in the NWSL, according to Alex Morgan. Morgan spoke during a preseason media call on Friday, where she talked about how great it has been having Shim in camp.

“Mana is one of my best friends,” she said. “So to have her here is just great for me, to have one of my best friends in the same city, being able to play with her, knowing her qualities and just having a fellow lefty is always really fun.”

Shim was a surprise inclusion on the San Diego Wave’s preseason roster. After retiring in 2019 to attend law school, she made headlines last year as one of two former players to come forward to The Athletic 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.

On Friday, Morgan talked about Shim’s motivations to return.

“She has unfinished business,” she said. “So it’s always great to see someone so committed, in the middle of law school, to come and commit to playing in the NWSL. Her energy has been really great with this team. She’s a really great culture person.

“I can only speak highly of Mana and what she’s gone through over these last eight years and now getting the chance to come back, knowing that she can feel completely free and comfortable in this environment after what we’ve all fought for in these last 18 months. It just feels really great for her to be back in an environment where she’s welcomed and protected.”