It looks like Los Angeles is getting ready for a third professional soccer team, but this one will be competing in the NWSL. Behind the team that is bringing this new franchise to the sport are some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Natalie Portman and Serena Williams. Both are part of a group of investors ready to bring a new team to the NWSL.
A New LA Team
Natalie Portman and Serena Williams are just some of the names behind a new women’s soccer team in Los Angeles. The stars are part of Angel City, the majority women-founded group that will own the National Women’s Soccer League’s newest franchise. The NWSL announced that Angel City would be bringing the 11th team to the league, with the franchise set to join the ranks in 2022.
The leading figures in the Angel city group are Natalie Portman, media entrepreneur Julie Uhrman, technology capitalist Kara Nortman, and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, husband of Serena Williams. Portman said it was an “exciting step announcing the first women majority-owned” NWSL franchise.
The Oscar-winning actress then exclaimed she was “thrilled by the opportunity to partner with this incredible group of people.” It’s certainly an exciting time for soccer fans in LA, with the announcement of a third professional soccer team in the city.
The group isn’t just looking for success on the field, it also wants to help transform the lives of people living in the area. Portman explained that the new team she owns will be looking to give access to sport for young people through the group’s partnership with the LA84 Foundation.
Bringing People Together
The actress acknowledges sport’s power to bring people together, and how it can make a change for female athletes in the community and professionally. Portman isn’t the only star among the ownership group, with her fellow actresses Jessica Chastain, Eva Longoria, and Jennifer Garner joining her.
There will also be several familiar faces to fans of female soccer among the group. Former USWNT stars Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach, Julie Foudy, and several others will also be helping to fund the new soccer team.
Time To Get Creative
There are several things that still need to be decided regarding this new LA team. The most obvious requirement would be the as-yet undecided name, but we’re sure all will be announced in good time. After all, the team won’t be debuting in the NWSL until 2022, so there’s plenty of time to get things in order.
One thing is for sure though, the group is hoping to cash in on the huge increased interest in soccer following the success of the USWNT at the 2019 World Cup. Following the United States’ triumph in 2019, attendances were up by 22 percent compared to the 2018 season.
The new franchise will join established MLS sides LA Galaxy and LAFC in Los Angeles. Considering the boom of popularity soccer is experiencing in the city, we’re sure this new team will be a hit with fans.