Serena Williams Teams Up With Natalie Portman To Invest In New LA Women’s Football Team
A group including Serena Williams will fund a new Los Angeles-based women’s team to launch in time for the 2022 National Women’s Soccer League season.
Tennis great Williams joins several other high-profile women, including Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman, in founding the female-majority group.
The team name and home venue are yet to be decided, but the ownership group has called itself ‘Angel City’.
There is currently no California-based team in the NWSL.
The NWSL is the women’s version of the MLS but they only have 9 teams throughout the country in cities like Portland, Orlando, Tacoma, etc.
NWSL commissioner Lisa Baird says the league has “long sought” an LA-based team, which already has a “massive” interest in women’s football.
Williams’ husband Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of tech company Reddit, is part of the ownership group. The couple’s two-year-old daughter Olympia is also listed as an owner.
Among the group too are 14 former US national team players, actresses Eva Longoria, Jennifer Garner, Uzo Aduba, Jessica Chastain and America Ferrera, Lilly Singh plus investors from the technology and media sectors.
So far, the organization has not announced a team name or logo but plan on releasing that info sometime soon.