CHICAGO – It’s official.
The new Los Angeles team in the National Women’s Soccer League will be called Angel City Football club, the expansion team and league announced Wednesday.
Angel City FC, which will begin competing in 2022, is the NWSL’s 11th team.
“We could not be more pleased to have reached this exciting milestone of officially joining the league and introducing the world to Angel City Football Club,” ACFC founder and president Julie Uhrman said in a statement. “I am also thrilled to announce some additional founding investors who have already been contributing meaningfully to the Angel City Family. This group, aligned in our passion and purpose, is committed to delivering for Los Angeles and our fans on and off the pitch.”
In July 2020, the NWSL announced that it had awarded the exclusive right to bring a team to LA to a group of founders, including Academy Award-winning actress and activist Natalie Portman, technology venture capitalist Kara Nortman, media and gaming entrepreneur Uhrman, and venture capitalist, 776 founder and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.
The team Wednesday welcomed a new group of founding investors.
That included sports icons Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss, WNBA star Candace Parker and her daughter Lailaa, gold medalist and Alpine Skiing standout Lindsey Vonn, gold medalist and NHL all-star PK Subban, Latin pop superstar Becky G, actress and activist Sophia Bush, private investor, Deirdre DeLany, actor and late night host James Corden, Major League and U.S. Soccer star and sports broadcaster Cobi Jones, and NFL All-Pro Ryan Kalil.
“We need everyone to invest in women’s sports and Ilana and I are proud to stand with the Angel City FC ownership group and help make new history in Southern California sports,” King said. “Angel City’s mission to make an impact on and off-the field, and to provide an opportunity to some of the best professional female athletes in the world to play on a stage as powerful as Los Angeles, sends a strong message to young girls in the community and beyond.”
The group is also joined by MLS co-owner and investor Ben Grossman, media executive Brian Sullivan and private investor, Deirdre DeLany, and several business, media and entertainment executives including Rachael Blumberg, Courtney Carter, Glenne Christiaansen, Robyn Farmer, Jeremi Gorman, Sarah Harden, Karin Kildow, Amy Longhi, Hedy Nazarian, Rachael Neumann, Heidi Patel, Jenna Segal, Laela Sturdy, John Brennan, Juan David Borrero and model Jasmine Tookes, Jack Brody and Nicole Gibbs, Doug Sanders, Kathrin Dellago and Doug Dossey, Mark Sheletsky, Jim Shepherd, and George Strompolos, Intersect VC and Ben Winston.
“On behalf of the NWSL and our member clubs, we are thrilled to officially welcome Angel City Football Club, and this exciting and committed ownership group, to the league,” NWSL commissioner Lisa Baird said in a statement. “The soccer community in Southern California is filled with passionate fans of the game and I can’t wait to see them rally around their own team and help us continue to grow the NWSL.”