The National Women’s Soccer League announced today that they’ve secured the rights to bring a professional women’s soccer team to the city of Los Angeles with Angel City coming in Spring 2022.
The female-dominant investment group was lead by Natalie Portman. Others included in ownership are; former U.S. women’s national team members, Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach, Julie Foudy, and Lauren Holiday; Eva Longoria, Jennifer Garner, Julia Uhrman, Serena Williams, and more. These women will clear the way for this team’s success through funding and planning.
“Today we take an exciting step by announcing the first women majority-owned and led ownership group,” Natalie Portman stated. “I am thrilled by the opportunity to partner with this incredible group of people to bring a professional women’s soccer team to Los Angeles….We also hope to make a substantive impact on our community, committing to extending access to sports for young people in Los Angeles through our relationship with the LA84 Foundation.”
Mia Hamm is listed within the star-studded-ownership list for the new NWSL team, she is also apart of the MLS’s LAFC. As of now, there is no indication of where the new L.A. based team will be playing. According to the Los Angeles Times, Uhrman – a media and gaming entrepreneur – and the Galaxy have expressed interest in playing a role within the club.
A statement released by the new NWSL’s commissioner, Lisa Baird, said, “The growth trajectory of the NWSL is incredibly exciting, but we also need to be strategic and thoughtful about how fast we expand and the communities we partner with. We’ve long sought the right partner in L.A. considering the NWSL fanbase that already exists in the region and the massive interest in women’s soccer in general. Those factors, along with an incredible ownership group make this an ideal situation and we couldn’t be more thrilled to move forward.”
According to Sports Illustrated, the L.A. based team will be the 11th to join the NWSL after Racing Louisville FC officially joins in 2021. It will also be the return of first-division professional women’s soccer to L.A.
Until Spring 2022, we’re looking forward to Angel City.