Updated: July 22, 2020 05:32 PM
Created: July 22, 2020 11:46 AM
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (WHEC) — Pittsford native and former soccer star Abby Wambach is helping to launch a new woman's soccer team in Los Angeles.
She's part of the group "Angel City" that's working to bring an expansion of the National Women's Soccer League to LA in 2022. Angel City is the first majority-women founded and led NWSL team.
Wambach shared a message on her Instagram, calling it "a dream made real."
TODAY WE ANNOUNCE ANGEL CITY: THE FIRST MAJORITY-WOMEN FOUNDED AND LED NWSL TEAM. Back Story: A couple of years ago, I spoke to a group of women about the fear and anger I felt when I retired from soccer and realized that my hustling days were just beginning. I had to start over and recreate my entire career just to pay my bills. Natalie Portman was in the audience that day. As Natalie listened, she became infuriated by the inequity between the men’s and women’s experience inside of professional sports. She had a crazy idea: Why don’t we start our own team and do it differently -- with the respect and equality and celebration these women deserve? The answer: Money. The way a team is traditionally bought is that one or two ridiculously rich men buy it. So Natalie reimagined this Old Boys Club system. She wondered: What if -- instead of ONE rich man buying the team -- a PACK OF WOMEN band together to start one? THEN NATALIE GATHERED HER WOLFPACK. I always dreamed, while I was playing, that I’d one day be part of founding a professional soccer team that operates by New Rules. That dream faded after retirement. Today -- with the vision and power of this new Angel City Wolfpack -- that dream comes back to life for me and many of my former teammates. WE ARE ANGEL CITY!!!! LFG!! Link in bio #WeAreAngelCity @weareangelcity
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