At Portland San Diego Wave FC looks to make a comeback despite a lack of goals on the field and a storm off it.

Jaedyn Shaw will take the guidance of seasoned athletes when she travels to France later this month to compete for an Olympic gold medal.

International competition, according to the 19-year-old San Diego Wave FC player, requires “living in your bubble,” “tuning out outside noise,” “staying connected with your teammates,” and “building off each game.”

Taking into account their team’s recent struggles, all Wave players could wish to think about the same suggestion.

When the 10th-place Wave play the fifth-place Thorns in Portland on Friday, they will aim to capture both their first road victory of the season and their first victory in eight weeks.

Since May 8, the Wave (3-6-6) have not triumphed in a game. Their last score came on June 19.

Shaw remarked, “We’re really just focused on the last bit,” which refers to finishing assaults. “It seemed like everything, save for the final game’s finish.”

The Wave are experiencing a scoring drought on the field.

There’s a storm off the field.

Without Shaw and reporters knowing, the Wave organization was involved in a highly watched public debate on Wednesday about her nomination for the U.S. Olympic squad. The former cameraman for the Wave wrote a lengthy essay on social media detailing Jill Ellis’s hostile work environment, which she called “devastating to our mental health.” A few hours later, The Wave released a statement in which they described the accusations as “inaccurate and inflammatory… and categorically false.”

In a follow-up statement, Ellis told the Union-Tribune that the club had evaluated their workplace in collaboration with impartial outside parties.

“Those assessments have never revealed any wrongdoing by the club,” the speaker declared.

Despite the brewing issue, interim coach Paul Buckle stated on Thursday that he intends to maintain the team’s concentration.

“I have to get the team ready for this game,” It has been my main concern. Since I’ve arrived, there has been a lot to accomplish, and it has consumed all of my time and energy,” he remarked.

“Everything we do on a daily basis is centered around our well-being.”

To consider: Wave midfielder Savannah McCaskill described the week that followed the team’s 3-0 loss to the Chicago Red Stars as “hard week.”

The Wave’s lone coach since the team’s founding, Casey Stoney, was sacked by Ellis on June 24 and Buckle took her place. Shortly after Stoney’s contract was renewed by Ellis to 2027, the relocation took place. Stoney expressed her “bitter disappointment” about the firing on social media in a statement.

Buckle said he liked how the Wave advanced extra players into the attack in last week’s loss at Snapdragon Stadium. A postgame review confirmed Buckle’s contention that the Wave’s performance was a good one.

“They’re a clear indicator that we did a lot of things right, so that was very, very encouraging, something to build on,” said Buckle, a 53-year-old former midfielder and coach in England’s professional leagues who also coached Sacramento in the United Soccer League.

“I think we performed well as a unit,” said Shaw, who saw Chicago goalie Alyssa Naeher block her 23-yard attempt that was heading for the top corner. “We can carry that into Portland, maintain that momentum, and eventually put the ball in the back of the net this time.”

The Wave’s next regular-season game following Friday isn’t until August 23 due to the Olympics. In the interim, the Wave will compete in other events, but without the five players who are representing their nations in Paris.

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