This Tuesday, March 28, the San Diego Wave officially announced the signing of Cheyenne Shorts as an injury replacement player.
Shorts was selected No.21 overall out of the University of Denver in the 2020 NWSL Draft by the Orlando Pride.
The Denver, Colo. native then went on to play in Europe with Saint Etiennne in the French league and Celtic in Scotland after her time in Orlando. Shorts then returned to the NWSL with the Portland Thorns as a National Team replacement player, where she made one appearance in the 2022 season.
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The 24-year-old defender plays as a center-back and has been described as an aerial threat due to her physical presence. Shorts’ best stint in her career thus far has been with Celtic in Scotland, where she earned a more consistent role. In Scotland, soccer is a religion, and Shorts experienced that firsthand with arguably the most popular club in the country.
The 24-year-old defender joins Rachel Hill, Danielle Colaprico, Meggie Dougherty Howard, Sierra Enge, Giovanna DeMarco, Lauren Brzykcy, and Melanie Barcenas as the new additions to the San Diego Wave roster in 2023. It is unclear as to how much playing time Shorts will receive this season, but she is a reliable option in the backline if there are any injuries on the squad. The NWSL season is a very long one, and this year will be even more extensive with the World Cup in play during the summer.
The Wave began its campaign with a 3-2 win over the Chicago Red Stars in what proved to be a thrilling clash to open the 2023 NWSL season. In addition to the exciting game on the pitch, the Wave broke an NWSL attendance record with 30,854 fans in the stands.
San Diego Wave now has another home match this next Saturday, April 1, as they host the North Carolina Courage at Snapdragon Stadium. Another huge crowd is expected at the San Diego fortress before the FIFA international break and before the Wave goes out on the road later in the month.
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