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What makes young San Diego Wave, U.S. star Jaedyn Shaw special

At just 18, Shaw is quickly becoming a dominant force in the NWSL.

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Jaedyn Shaw is the real deal.

She proved that by being named the U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year in 2022. Or maybe she proved that in the NWSL last season, when she signed her first professional contract at just 17 years old and became the youngest player to score in their NWSL debut. Or it could have been when Shaw, now 18, earned a long-term contract extension with the San Diego Wave through the 2026 season.

Do you see where I’m going with this?

Shaw, a young, talented attacker, has been making a case for herself since she broke onto the NWSL scene halfway through last season. Let’s talk about what makes her so special.

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