Angel City Football Club, Los Angeles’ National Women’s Soccer League franchise, announced Monday the hiring of its first coach, Freya Coombe, and signing of its first player, forward Christen Press, a member of two FIFA Women’s World Cup-winning teams.
Coombe is coach of the NWSL’s NJ/NY Gotham FC. She will finish the season with the club before taking the Angel City post.
“I think everyone has been watching the story of Angel City unfold and I have been very impressed with the direction of the club and the core values upon which it is built,” Coombe said.
“When the opportunity to connect with (sporting director Eniola Aluko) and the team arose, I knew I had to explore it. Leaving NJ/NY Gotham was not an easy decision, but the chance to join ACFC as the head coach of a new team was something I could not pass up.”
The 32-year-old Press was raised in Palos Verdes Estates and led Chadwick School to two Southern Section Division IV championships.
Press holds Stanford’s career records for goals (71) and points (183) and received the Hermann Trophy in 2010 as the nation’s female college player.
Press has played for the U.S. women’s national team since 2013, scoring 64 goals, ninth all-time. She was a member of the teams that won the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and a bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics.
“It’s a dream come true to play for ACFC and represent by hometown, my friends and family and our fans,” Press said.
The team also announced the hiring of Robert Udberg as assistant head coach and performance director. Udberg is a former assistant coach at Chelsea FC and The Football Association in England.
Angel City Football Club will begin play in spring 2022, playing at Banc of California Stadium in Exposition Park.
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