Several big names in Hollywood are joining forces to bring Southern California a pro women’s soccer team. According to People, the group, called Angel City, is working on establishing the first pro team in L.A. by 2022.
Lead investors on the project include Natalie Portman and Alexis Ohanian, Reddit co-founder and husband to Serena Williams. Williams is part of another investment group affiliated with the team, along with Jessica Chastain, America Ferrera, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Garner, Uzo Aduba, and Lilly Singh. Also involved are soccer legends Abby Wambach, Julie Foudy, Mia Hamm, and Shannon Boxx.
In a statement about the new National Women’s Soccer League team, Natalie Portman said, “Today we take an exciting step by announcing the first women majority-owned and led ownership group. I am thrilled by the opportunity to partner with this incredible group of people to bring a professional women’s soccer team to Los Angeles.”
She adds, “Together, we aim to build not only a winning team on the field, but also to develop a passionately loyal fan base. We also hope to make a substantive impact on our community, committing to extending access to sports for young people in Los Angeles through our relationship with the LA84 Foundation.”
“Sports are such a joyful way to bring people together, and this has the power to make tangible change for female athletes both in our community and in the professional sphere.”
There is no word yet on what the team name or logo will be.