Co-founder Natalie Portman helps launch Angel City’s new team badge

Hollywood actress Natalie Portman is a co-founder of Angel City FC

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Angel City FC, the first ever majority female-owned football club in the world, launched its team badge on Wednesday with the help of co-founder and Hollywood actress Natalie Portman as it gears up to make its NWSL debut next year.

With famous names like Portman involved, and investors that include Serena Williams, Billie Jean King and World Cup winner Abby Wambach, Angel City drew huge attention when it launched last year.

The LA-based side is set to compete in the American top women’s division from 2022, and last month it announced former England striker Eniola Aluko as their first sporting director. Their crest launch on Wednesday was the next development ahead of the manager and players being announced later this summer.

The badge includes an angel facing upwards and their club colours of grey and light pink to mimic the sunsets and concrete architecture synonymous with LA. 

Angel City FC's team badge is revealed at their Banc of California Stadium

But there was more symbolism behind the feathered design, as former USWNT player and Angel City investor Amanda Cromwell explained at the launch. "The Red tailed hawk is a fierce predator in California," she said. "It’s very inspiring [because] the female red tailed hawk is bigger, stronger and faster than the male, and we’re going to be that on the field.”  

Angela Hucles Mangano, former USWNT player and Angel City vice-president of player development and operations, added: "Top right is pointing upwards to the moon and the sun, it’s representative of our guiding light and wanting to reach and strive for more," she said. "The Angel [on the shield] is breaking the mould, that speaks to who we are – we’re not a conventional sports team, we are unabashedly breaking the mould and setting new standards."

Portman gave more context to the goals the club is aiming for off the field too. "Angel City FC started because we wanted to bring the excitement of the best players in the world of the most popular sport in the world to the greatest sports city in the world," she said. "We will do that while promoting pay equity for women globally and strengthening our community locally. 

"The image, the symbol that our team, players, fans and supporters will wear was made with our values and goals in mind."

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