Just yesterday, The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) revealed that a professional women’s soccer team is coming to Los Angeles, California in Spring 2022.
Although the team’s official name and venue partner have not been announced, we know that it will be revealed before the end of this year. Stars in Hollywood such as Natalie Portman, technology venture capitalist, Kara Nortman, media and gaming entrperenuer, Julie Uhrman and venture capitalist, Alexis Ohanian are members of the investor group.
Grand slam champion, Serena Williams and her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. are part of the founding investor group too. This makes Alexis the youngest investors in the sports industry. In an official statement, Ohanian said, “I am proud to be a part of this wonderful group working to bring a women’s professional football club to Los Angeles.”
He added, “Chiefly, because I’m a fan of the game, but also because I believe there is massive potential for the sport and it’s been undervalued by too many people for far too long. 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.”
Many celebrities such as Uzo Aduba, Jessica Chastain, America Ferrera, Jennifer Garner, and Eva Longoria are also members of the founding investor group. Late-night talk show host, Lilly Singh and U.S. Women’s National Team players, Julie Foudy, Mia Hamm, Rachel Buehler, Shannon Boxx, Amanda Cromwell, Lorrie Fair Allen, Ronnie Fair Sullins, Joy Fawcett, Angela Hucles, Shannon MacMillan, Tisha Venturini Hoch, and Saskia Webber are also in the group.
FIFA World Cup Champions Lauren Cheney-Holiday and Abby Wambach are investors as well.
The time has come to reshape expectations on & off the soccer field.
— We Are Angel City (@weareangelcity) July 21, 2020