It looks like L.A. is getting a professional women’s soccer team thanks to an impressive list of actresses and athletes!
The National Women’s Soccer League team has been named Angel City and is expected to join the league in 2022.
Investors include Natalie Portman, Eva Longoria, Uzo Aduba, Jessica Chastain, America Ferrera, Jennifer Garner, Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach, as well as Serena Williams, husband Alexis Ohanian and their 2-year-old daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr.
Natalie said in a statement shared by NWSL, “Today we take an exciting step by announcing the first women majority-owned and led ownership group. 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. Together, we aim to build not only a winning team on the field, but also to develop a passionately loyal fan base.”
She added, “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.”
The Oscar winner continued, “Sports are such a joyful way to bring people together, and this has the power to make tangible change for female athletes both in our community and in the professional sphere.”
Eva tweeted, I’m elated to help bring @weareangelcity to the City of Angels. Welcome to the beginning. #WeAreAngelCity.”
America shared on Instagram, “The worlds most popular sport, played by the best players, is taking flight in Angel City. Let’s go! @weareangelcity #weareangelcity.”
Abby tweeted, “TODAY WE ANNOUNCE ANGEL CITY: THE FIRST MAJORITY-WOMEN FOUNDED AND LED NWSL TEAM.”
Alexis also shared a statement with NWSL, saying, “I am proud to be a part of this wonderful group working to bring a women’s professional football club to Los Angeles. As someone who spends hours kicking around a football with my 2-year-old daughter, I want her to have a front row seat to this revolution. I’m personally investing on behalf of my family because creating more opportunities in women’s sports is important to my wife and me, and we want to be a part of making a better future for our daughter.”