New LA NWSL Team Releases Name, Officially Joins League With Even More Superstar Investors

Angel City FC has officially joined the NWSL. 

An expansion team landing in the glitz and glam of Los Angeles was announced in July. while speculations and suggestions for the official name were rumored for months. Natalie Portman — one of the many extraordinary investors of the team — dropped the name during a late-night interview with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday.

Portman’s interview was the prologue to a social media whirlwind that ensued Wednesday morning. With the sensational storm came a tidal wave of new investors whose names might ring a bell. 

The list includes:

  • Former World No. 1 Tennis Player Billie Jean King
  • Former World No. 1 Doubles Tennis Player Ilana Kloss
  • WNBA Legend Candace Parker
  • Gold Medalist Skier Lindsey Vonn
  • NHL All-Star PK Subban
  • Latin Pop Star Becky G
  • Actress Sophia Bush
  • Actor James Corden
  • USMNT Soccer Legend And Broadcaster Cobi Jones
  • NFL All-Pro Ryan Kalil

The full list of announcements can be found here.

The fellow professional sports teams in Los Angeles welcomed the newest arrival on Twitter on Wednesday morning.

Angel City FC plans to become much more than just another soccer team. ACFC investor Billie Jean King said in a statement the club will be a beacon of hope and inspiration to young girls playing the world’s game.

“We need everyone to invest in women’s sports and Ilana and I are proud to stand with the Angel City FC ownership group and help make new history in Southern California sports. Angel City's mission to make an impact on and off the field, and to provide an opportunity to some of the best professional female athletes in the world to play on a stage as powerful as Los Angeles, sends a strong message to young girls in the community and beyond,” King said.

Angel City FC will begin play in 2022.

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