Candace Parker and daughter Laila have become official investors in Angel City Football Club, the news addition to the National Women’s Soccer League the league announced today.
Angel City Football Club (ACFC) is leagues eleventh expansion team.
Nearly three months ago, the NWSL announced a group of original founders including actress Natalie Portman, tech venture capitalist Kara Nortman, media and gaming entrepreneur Julie Uhrman and 766 and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Today, the announcement comes with additional investors in addition to Parker in icon Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss, Serena Williams and daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Gold Medalist Lindsey Vonn, NHL star PK Subban, pop artist Becky G, actress Sophia Bush, private investor Deirdre DeLany, late night host James Corden, MLS Soccer star Cobi Jones and NFL star Ryan Kalil.
“We could not be more pleased to have reached this exciting milestone of officially joining the league and introducing the world to Angel City Football Club,” said Julie Uhrman, ACFC Founder and President per release. “I am also thrilled to announce some additional founding investors who have already been contributing meaningfully to the Angel City Family. This group, aligned in our passion and purpose, is committed to delivering for Los Angeles and our fans on and off the pitch.”
“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,” said Billie Jean King per release. “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.”
Angel City is expected to begin play the spring of 2022. Additional investor group also includes MLS Co-Owner Ben Grossman, media executive Brian Sullivan and private investor Deirdre DeLany. In addition to several business, media and entertainment executives including Rachael Blumberg, Courtney Carter, Glenne Christiaansen, Robyn Farmer, Jeremi Gorman, Sarah Harden, Karin Kildow, Amy Longhi, Hedy Nazarian, Rachael Neumann, Heidi Patel, Jenna Segal, Laela Sturdy, John Brennan, Juan David Borrero and model Jasmine Tookes, Jack Brody and Nicole Gibbs, Doug Sanders, Kathrin Dellago and Doug Dossey, Mark Sheletsky, Jim Shepherd, and George Strompolos, Intersect VC, and Ben Winston.
ACFC unveiled the team wordmark and launched the debut collection of Angel City FC merchandise at the new Angel City Football Club site.