Prior to signing for Atlético in June 2020, Shaw played for Assyriska Turabdin IK in the Swedish third tier, where he made 24 appearances in 2019 while scoring five goals. Previously, Shaw spent time training with League1 Ontario side Master’s FA, and played two seasons for NCAA Division II school Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York.
“Malcolm provided stability in the final third throughout The Island Games in 2020,” Atlético Ottawa CEO Fernando López said in a statement. “He is a young man that carries himself with great character and maturity beyond his years. His re-signing will be beneficial to continue building the culture and chemistry the club began to establish in a shortened 2020 campaign.”
Shaw added: “I am thrilled and excited to represent the nation’s capital for the 2021 season.”
As the first player officially confirmed to be returning to Ottawa for 2021, Shaw represents the beginning of what’s sure to be a busy period in the club’s off-season. A few players have departed, including Francisco Acuña signing in his native Mexico and Gianfranco Facchineri returning to Vancouver Whitecaps from his loan.