WNBA legend Candace Parker and her daughter Lailaa are soccer team Angel City FC’s new ownership group members.
The National Women’s Soccer League and Los Angeles Angel City ownership group formally announced Angel City Football Club (ACFC) as the team name on Tuesday, CBS Sports reports. ACFC is now the team’s eleventh expansion team.
“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 pitch.”
The move means that the pair are now the second athlete/daughter ownership combo along with Serena Williams and Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. In July, Alexis became the youngest team owner in pro sports at the age of 2 when she became a co-owner of the team.
“I am proud to be a part of this wonderful group working to bring a women’s professional football club to Los Angeles,” Ohanian said at the time. “Chiefly, because I’m a fan of the game, but also because I believe there is massive potential for the sport and it’s been undervalued by too many people for far too long. As someone who spends hours kicking around a football with my 2-year-old daughter, I want her to have a front-row seat to this revolution. I’m personally investing on behalf of my family because creating more opportunities in women’s sports is important to my wife and me, and we want to be a part of making a better future for our daughter.”