Apr 2, 2022; San Diego, CA, USA; Angel City FC aggressor Christen Press (23) commemorates with teammates after scoring a goal throughout the 2nd half against the San Diego Wave FC at a NWSL Challenge Cup match at Torero Stadium. Obligatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports/Register now for FREE limitless access to Reuters.comRegisterLOS ANGELES, April 27 (Reuters) – Angel City FC make their highly-anticipated home debut in downtown Los Angeles on Friday however the National Womens Soccer League side and their star-studded ownership group have actually currently scored with sponsors and fans.The group was the brainchild of starlet Natalie Portman, and other A-list celebrities including Jennifer Garner, Eva Longoria and Jessica Chastain are now amongst the many co-owners. Tennis fantastic Billie Jean King and former U.S. national employee also got on board.Register now free of charge limitless access to Reuters.comRegisterPortman, a founder of anti-harassment group Times Up, was inspired by the U.S. national ladiess groups defend equivalent pay, and Angel City has put its worths front and centre.The team will contribute 10% of its sponsorship money to community programs while a portion of ticket sales will go directly to the players.Jess Smith, Angel Citys Head of Revenue, said she has been “overwhelmed in the very best method possible” by the response from sponsors, who see an opportunity to back something larger than a soccer group.” Were not simply a sport residential or commercial property. Were this mix of pop, sport and function culture together, and thats the distinct buying proposal,” Smith said.” The celebrity financial investment is appealing, but what it really assisted supply was trust early on.” Fans in the congested LA sports marketplace – Angel City is the citys 12th professional team – have also gathered to the squad.More than 15,000 season tickets have been cost their 11 homes games this year at the plush, 22,000-capacity Banc of California arena and demand for Fridays video game dwarfs that of other teams in the league.” Were seeing nearly double the ticket demand for Angel Citys routine season video games than our second best-selling team, the San Diego Wave,” said Michael Silveira, spokesperson for StubHub.Angel City boasts star power on the field as well, most significantly two-time World Cup-winning striker Christen Press.Nina Kiefer, co-host of the Angel City Chicks podcast, stated the group has revealed steady improvement throughout the Challenge Cup, culminating in a 1-0 win over the Portland Thorns on Sunday.Recent signings have actually bolstered the teams lineup and instilled fans with hope, she stated.” If you had actually asked me 3 weeks earlier, I would have said dont hold your breath due to the fact that first seasons are traditionally difficult for brand-new teams,” Kiefer said of the groups postseason prospects.” But when I saw them play versus the Thorns, I saw a various team. Now Im starting to get that hope again.” I dont desire to jinx it – knock on wood – but I believe we have a great shot at playoffs.” Register now totally free unrestricted access to Reuters.comRegisterReporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles
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