By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The National Women’s Soccer League announced on Tuesday that they have awarded an expansion team to Los Angeles, California. The team will be known as “Angel City.”
The team will make their debut during the 2022 season. This team features 14 former U.S. women’s national team players in their ownership group with an actress, among others in the group.
This will be the first majority woman-owned group in the league that also includes actress Natalie Portman, technology venture capitalist Kara Nortman, media and gaming entrepreneur Julie Uhrman, tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist Alexis Ohanian and his wife Serena Williams. The league said that their official name and logo will be announced at a later date, but they are already being known as ‘Angel City.’
“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,” NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird said. “We’ve long sought the right partner in LA considering the NWSL fan base 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.”
The group claim that this team was driven by fan support in the region. In addition, the owners claimed that it was an ‘inspiration from the USWNT (US Women’s National team) 2019 performance on and off the field.’
“We took this as an opportunity to listen, talk to players, union reps, presidents and owners to develop a totally new playbook of how to build a professional sports team where mission and capital, entertainment, and sport were equally important,” Founder Kara Nortman said.
The team will be built from scratch. The two-years will give the team time to build the franchise the way they envision.
“We come together with a collective passion for bringing about change, ” Founder & President Julie Uhrman said. “Change for our players, change for our fans, and change for our community. Change that begins today. In addition to announcing the rights to an LA NWSL team, we are thrilled to officially announce our partnership with the LA84 Foundation to help us build out our community relations foundation from the very start. To kick off our relationship, WFC LA/Angel City is now a formal supporter of the Play Equity Fund. The Play Equity Fund is committed to leveling the playing field to help ensure that all kids across Los Angeles have access and the opportunity to experience the transformational power of sport.”