Angel City Confirms Name as Angel City Football Club And Officially Joins National Women’s Soccer League
Angel City FC Also Welcomes Additional Investors with Ties to Los Angeles Including Sports Icons Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss, WNBA Legend Candace Parker and her Daughter Lailaa, Gold Medalist and

LOS ANGELES (October 21, 2020) — Professional women’s soccer team, Angel City, today

announced that the team has been formally welcomed into The National Women’s Soccer

League (NWSL) as the League’s eleventh expansion team. Also, Founder and President Julie

Uhrman confirmed the team’s formal name as Angel City Football Club (ACFC). In celebration

of the momentous occasion, ACFC unveiled the team wordmark and launched the debut

collection of Angel City FC merchandise at .

“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. “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



In July 2020, the NWSL announced that it had awarded the exclusive right to bring a team to LA

to a group of founders, including Academy Award-winning actress and activist Natalie Portman ,

technology venture capitalist Kara Nortman , media and gaming entrepreneur Julie Uhrman ,

and venture capitalist, 776 founder & Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian .

Today, the team officially welcomes a new group of founding investors including sports icons

Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss , WNBA legend Candace Parker and her daughter Lailaa ,

Gold Medalist and Alpine Skiing Legend Lindsey Vonn , Gold Medalist and NHL-All Star PK

Subban , Latin pop superstar Becky G , actress and activist Sophia Bush , private investor,

Deirdre DeLany , actor and late night host James Corden , MLS/US Soccer legend and sports

broadcaster Cobi Jones , and NFL All-Pro Ryan Kalil.

Billie Jean King : “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.”

The group is also joined by MLS Co-Owner and investor Ben Grossman, media executive

Brian Sullivan and private investor, Deirdre DeLany, and 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.

“On behalf of the NWSL and our member clubs, we are thrilled to officially welcome Angel City

Football Club, and this exciting and committed ownership group, to the league,” said NWSL

Commissioner Lisa Baird . “The soccer community in Southern California is filled with

passionate fans of the game and I can’t wait to see them rally around their own team and help

us continue to grow the NWSL.”


Angel City FC is highly-committed to extending access to sports for youth in Los Angeles. ACFC

has developed a relationship with the LA84 Foundation – a highly-respected community

relations organization focused specifically on youth and sports in Los Angeles. LA84 tirelessly

advocates for the vital role sports participation plays in positive youth development.

In that vein, last week, the Angel City FC team hosted a socially-distanced, drive-up equipment

donation rally for families affiliated with the Mar Vista Family Center. Over 60 families were

gifted equipment to help kids stay active while homeschooling, including a soccer ball, water

bottle, backpack, and some Angel City merchandise, as well as a copy of team founding

investor Abby Wambach’s newest book, “Wolfpack – Young Readers Edition.” The team is now

in the midst of a listening tour with local organizations. The tour’s goal is to learn more about

their missions and needs and determine how we can make a meaningful impact in the short and

long-term directly.


Jessica Smith as Head of Corporate Partnerships . Jessica joins from Major League Soccer’s

San Jose Earthquakes, where she spent four years overseeing the club’s partnership portfolio,

sponsorship revenue stream, and strategic partner initiatives. She has held similar roles within

the NHL, MLB, and MiLB. For Angel City, her initial focus is to build out the club’s partnership

portfolio, starting with securing jersey partners – first team, training, and sleeve.

● Julie Uhrman: “Last week, to again tangibly demonstrate our commitment to social

impact, we unveiled the Angel City FC Sponsorship Model in which we will collaborate

with each of our partners to re-allocate 10% of the value of their sponsorship via product,

asset, or monetary donation, to local causes. This is something unique in our industry

and we hope other teams and leagues will follow our lead.”

Kim McCauley as Director of Recruitment and Analytics . McCauley joins from VOX Media,

where she spent eleven years as a soccer reporter and analyst. Her focus is to build player

analysis models and databases to ensure the future coach is armed with the tools they need to

successfully assemble the team’s inaugural squad. She will also work collaboratively to build out

the coaching staff and Angel City’s playing philosophy.

Catherine Dávila as Head of Community. Catherine brings more than ten years of experience

building purpose-driven organizations in women’s and girls’ soccer. Dávila co-founded LA Villa

FC and helped grow it from a single team to the largest amateur women’s soccer club in

California. Also, she has coached youth club soccer, assisted at Occidental College and US

Soccer regional youth training centers, and ran a youth soccer club, Hollywood FC, all while

continuing to build the LA Villa FC community on and off the field. Her focus will be on driving

the team’s relationship with the Angel City community, including working directly with all

supporter groups and affinity organizations. She is also tasked with building a strong

relationship with Southern California’s youth and adult soccer clubs and clinics and leading all

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts, including working with the team’s social impact

partner LA84.


Angel City Football Club is a member of the National Women’s Soccer League in the United

States and will take the pitch in Spring 2022. The team is founded by Academy Award-winning

actress and activist Natalie Portman, technology venture capitalist Kara Nortman, media and

gaming entrepreneur Julie Uhrman, and v enture capitalist, 776 founder & Reddit co-founder

Alexis Ohanian. Other founding investors, mostly female and with ties to Southern California

include Serena Williams and daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr., Sports Icons Billie Jean

King and Ilana Kloss, actors Uzo Aduba, Sophia Bush, Jessica Chastain, America Ferrera,

Jennifer Garner, and Eva Longoria, actor and late-night host James Corden, late-night host Lilly

Singh, Latin Pop Superstar Becky G, fourteen former US Women’s National Team players

representing Southern California including Julie Foudy and Mia Hamm, two-time Olympic Gold

Medalist and FIFA World Cup Champions Lauren Cheney Holiday and Abby Wambach,

MLS/US Soccer legend and sports broadcaster Cobi Jones, NFL All-Pro Ryan Kalil, WNBA

Legend Candace Parker, Gold Medalist and Alpine Skiing Legend Lindsey Vonn, Gold Medalist

and NHL-All Star PK Subban , author and activist Glennon Doyle and entertainment executive

David Nathanson. Learn more at .

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