NEW YORK – Queensboro FC Monday announced the addition of a strategic advisor and investor in former U.S. women’s national team midfielder and current broadcaster Aly Wagner.

Wagner brings an extensive track record in soccer, as both player and commentator, and adds diverse leadership, experience, and insights to an ownership group led by owners Jonathan Krane and David Villa.

“Queensboro FC has a great approach and mission to engage with the local community, and the right group of people to make this club a sporting and commercial success,” Wagner said in a statement. “My role is not only to help build the club from the ground up, but also to help create additional paths for young players to develop in the sport. It has always been my passion to guide and mentor the next generation, giving every kid a chance to play, train, compete – and potentially turn pro. Certainly, the attention, resources, and coverage of soccer in America has grown immensely since my own playing days, and I am here to help the sport continue to prosper.”

A former U.S. international midfielder who won two Olympic gold medals and two Women World Cup bronze medals over a decade Wagner retired in 2010 after a seven-year professional career that took her to San Diego Spirit, Boston Breakers, Olympique Lyonnais, and Los Angeles Sol.

Wagner works at Fox Sports and CBS Sports, covering men’s and women’s soccer. During the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Wagner made history as the first woman to call a men’s World Cup match, which included two quarterfinals, on a U.S. English-language television.

“Aly’s career in soccer has been such an inspiration and she brings tremendous value to our ownership group,” Krane said in a statement. “I am looking forward to working closely with Aly to build, and make history, with Queensboro FC. It is an extremely exciting time for our club and I am proud to call her a partner. Our team will make a difference in the world through soccer.”

Queensboro FC is currently preparing for its inaugural QBFC Academy season, in which Under-19 players will have the opportunity to represent the club and compete in the USL Academy League. The QBFC Academy is a developmental system that provides these young players with a “pathway to the pros” and an opportunity to play for the QBFC professional team in the March 2022 USL Championship season and beyond.