• Sophia Hosford

NWSL to expand to Los Angeles

Updated: Aug 7, 2020

In one of the hottest sports markets globally, fans have been deprived of an NWSL team in the heart of Los Angeles…… until now.

News broke yesterday that the National Women’s Soccer League will expand to Los Angeles, California in 2022. The LA side has been dubbed “Angel City” seeing as it lacks an official name at this time. This news comes on the heels of the official welcome to Racing Louisville FC, another exciting NWSL expansion side that will debut in 2021.

This news is groundbreaking, the addition of a club in California, a state dominated by the game is massive. In addition to adding yet another team to the NWSL, its ownership is impressive. The club will be part owned by a myriad of Hollywood stars, tech moguls, and ex-USWNT players. At the forefront of the female-dominated club ownership are Actress Natalie Portman, Reddit co-founder and husband to Serena Williams, Alexis Ohanian, venture capitalist Kara Nortman, and video game entrepreneur Julie Uhrman. The ownership will also feature Serena Williams, Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Garner, Shannon Boxx, and many more.

This is a significant step in the United States to increase the visibility of Women’s Soccer, especially in a market such as Los Angeles. Though the NWSL’s predecessors have failed to sustain a team in California, I’m hopeful that these owners can capitalize on the significance of Women’s Soccer and promote the game even more. I know that the NWSL will get a boost from this expansion and get people excited. I know the league can succeed even more, but that is only possible if it’s owners and it’s fans are committed, which already seems to be the case in LA as the"We Are Angel City" Instagram account has over fifty thousand followers, and a supporters group has already formed.

In other news, the NWSL Challenge Cup entered its semifinal stage today, the final will be available on National television on July 26th at 12:30pm via CBS.

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