Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
With an injured Sophia Smith holding steady at 11 goals, the NWSL Golden Boot race has continued to tighten up.
Smith’s Portland teammate Morgan Weaver has made a claim to the title, scoring her seventh goal this weekend.
Weaver also has four assists in 2023, building up her attacking resume.
She rivals Smith, Adriana, and Alex Morgan in goal contributions for the season, taking up attacking production in Smith’s short-term absence.
She has continued to put shots on goal, averaging two per game over the last three games and 1.5 shots on goal over the last 10 games. Her goals per 90 puts her ninth this season, but her shots average (3.92) puts her at third in the league.
She also ranks first in key passes and expected assists, meaning that any time she’s on the field, the chances of a goal being scored are high.
She also ranks fourth in goal-creating actions this season with nine. It would be difficult for the midfielder to overcome Smith, but if Weaver continues at the pace she is with three games left in the season, it’s not impossible.
Spain’s federation followed through on calling up a number of boycotting players this week, including much of the World Cup-winning roster.
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Players had said they would not accept call-ups to the national team without changes beyond the dismissal of Luis Rubiales and Jorge Vilda.
Spanish federation bylaws threaten fines or suspensions for not accepting a national team call-up, and players were seen flying into the market on Tuesday.
The team is convening without Jenni Hermoso, who became a lightning rod for the federation after Rubiales acted inappropriately against her.
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