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Kadija “Bunny” Shaw isn’t slowing down in second season with Manchester City – Equalizer Soccer

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Bunny Shaw is enjoying her second season in English soccer. The 25-year-old Jamaican striker has scored nine goals and set up another two for Manchester City, putting her joint-top of the scoring and goal involvement charts alongside Aston Villa’s Rachel Daly. Where the two differ is that three of Daly’s strikes have come from penalties; all of Shaw’s goals are from open play.

This isn’t a sudden development. Shaw has been scoring regularly at the highest level for a few years now. After impressing in the U.S. college game — her final two seasons were with Tennessee in the SEC — and representing Jamaica at the 2019 FIFA World Cup, she decided on a move to Europe, joining Girondins de Bordeaux. Following a promising debut campaign in France’s Division 1, she was top-scorer in 2021. With 22 goals, she finished one ahead of Paris Saint-Germain star Marie-Antoinette Katoto.

Bordeaux, under Spanish coach Pedro Martinez Losa, briefly flirted with challenging the dominant forces in French soccer — PSG and Lyon — and qualified for the Champions League. Shaw was integral to that achievement, having a direct hand in 58% of their total goals scored. Naturally, her performances drew attention from elsewhere, and in the summer of 2021 she moved to Manchester City.

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Analyzing the 2022 FIFA Global Transfer Report – Equalizer Soccer

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Today FIFA released its yearly Global Transfer Report summarizing all of the transfer data they gathered in Women’s soccer throughout 2022. The biggest takeaway from the report is the continued growth and investment in women’s soccer globally as seen in the increase in total transfers, fees around the transfers, and clubs involved. 

There were a total of 1,555 transfers and 500 clubs involved throughout the world up from 1,303 and 410 in 2021. The main activity throughout the year happens from July to September, reflecting the European off-season and mid-season trade window for the North American leagues. The secondary peak occurs in the January trade window, which is mid-season for most European leagues and right at the start of North American leagues returning from the off-season.

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What does it mean for USWNT structure? – Equalizer Soccer

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Earnie Stewart is out as the United States Soccer Federation’s sporting director. The federation made the announcement on Thursday as part of widespread changes on the men’s side that include the subsequent exit of U.S. men’s national team general manager Brian McBride and the ongoing vacancy of the men’s team’s head-coaching position.

Stewart will officially exit his role on Feb. 15 as he leaves to return to Dutch side PSV Eindhoven. His departure comes amid a tumultuous month for the U.S. men’s program following the team’s round-of-16 exit at the World Cup in Qatar, which includes an ongoing investigation involving out-of-contract coach Gregg Berhalter and the Reyna family, and a decades-old domestic abuse incident.

U.S. Soccer announced it has hired Sportsology Group to consult on the search for the federation’s next sporting director, and that could have implications on the women’s side.

Sportsology will conduct “a full review of [U.S. Soccer’s] sporting department,” U.S. Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone said on Thursday.

United States women’s national team general manager Kate Markgraf previously reported to Stewart. After Feb. 15 and at least until a new sporting director is hired, Markgraf and other sporting staff members will report to U.S. Soccer CEO JT Batson.

The previous reporting structure always made little sense for the women’s side. All of Stewart, McBride and Markgraf were hired within the past five years as part of a new sporting structure that Batson — who only joined U.S. Soccer in September — acknowledged was always known to be one that would need to evolve.


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Stewart and McBride are former men’s national team players and have little experience in the women’s game. Yet, technically, Stewart was the previously highest-ranking sporting official on the women’s side. The setup implicitly was built with the men’s program in mind.

On Thursday, Parlow Cone was noncommital about exactly what the structure could look like next, and how the women’s team could be affected.

“We’re gonna be working together with Sportsology to evaluate our entire sporting department,” Parlow Cone said. “And once we have more clarity on what that department should look like moving forward, we’ll determine the leadership and support that is needed. We do still have a GM on the women’s side and we’re very happy and think we have the best team in place for our women’s national team as we head into the Women’s World Cup.

“We do recognize that the teams sometimes have different needs, and so we’re going to be evaluating that over the next period of time alongside with Sportsology to determine what is the best structure for our men’s national team. Is it the same as the women’s national team, or does it need to be slightly different?”

Parlow Cone later said the entire existence of the men’s GM role would be evaluated as part of the “holistic review” taking place. Markgraf took over as the general manager of the U.S. women’s team after the 2019 World Cup.

“As I said before, we’re not dead set on having the exact same structure on the men’s side as we do have on the women’s side. We’re going to be evaluating that and seeing what changes we need to make. So, more to come on that front.”

Batson and Parlow Cone said they hope to have a sporting director and general manager in place before the Women’s World Cup, which kicks off on July 20, but that they don’t have a definitive timeline yet. The search for a full-time men’s national team coach could extend into the summer given the other hiring uncertainties.





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“There weren’t too many spells in the game where we didn’t have control of it. It’s another step in the right direction.” Carla Ward was speaking after her Aston Villa side drew 1-1 away to Manchester City last weekend. Her pride related not only to the result, but the performance. Villa enjoyed plenty of possession and largely nullified their hosts. They tried to play out from the back, and often succeeded. It was a composed display, one that signaled the club’s ongoing evolution.

The Women’s Super League comprises 12 teams, split roughly into three sections. At the top, Arsenal, Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs — City and United — challenge for the title and Champions League qualification. At the other end, there are those trying to stay clear of relegation, a group including Brighton and Hove Albion, Leicester City, Reading and Liverpool. Then there are those looking up: Everton, West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur. Aston Villa, under Ward’s management, have established themselves in that middle band.

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