The first Los Angeles-based NWSL team will join the league for the start of the 2022 season.
The LA side goes under the provisional name ‘Angel City’ and is a majority woman-founded group.
Natalie Portman and Serena Williams headline the list of investors that will bring their experience and funding to the side.
“Together we aim to build not only a winning team on the field but also to develop a passionately loyal fan base.”
Portman hopes to make a bigger impact than just their efforts on the football field.
“We also hope to make a substantive impact on our community,” Portman said. “Committing to extending access to sports for young people in Los Angeles through our relationship with the LA84 Foundation.
“The more time I spent with the USWNT the more I learned and the bigger impact I wanted to make. It was just so obvious we needed to see these women play in LA. We needed a team here.”
The cultural power of the women involved will provide a fantastic platform for the club to grow. Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba and Interstellar actress Jessica Chastain are also part of the group.
A total of 14 former United States internationals are also among the investors. Two of the biggest names involve include record scorer Abby Wambach and two-time gold medalist Mia Hamm
It is no surprise that the founders of this club speak so passionately about the USWNT. Portman, as well as multiple investors, has been spotted at many USWNT matches within the last couple of years.
The team will have an official name and venue by the end of the year. They will become the 11th NWSL side, with Racing Louisville joining in 2021.
You can find the full list of founding members here.