Angel City season opener to be exhibition with Club América
Angel City FC kick off their second season with an international match against Mexico’s Club América on March 8 at the BMO Stadium.
“You can think of it as a friendly, but they are an exceptional team with great talent,” said Julie Uhrman, President and Co-Founder of Angel City. “It’s a club that has played in the United States a few times. They want to have a global presence and definitely want to start building their reach here in the US, so playing against them is exciting.”
Uhrman said the idea for the game came from Club América, who will have eight games in their season when they come to Los Angeles for the exhibition.
“Angel City offers something very different,” Uhrman said. “We have an experience that is unparalleled in women’s sport, we have a fan base that shows up in large numbers at every single one of our games and a large crossover audience. If they want to strengthen their brand in the US and even on the global stage, I think we are the best match for that.”
América, sixth in the Liga MX Femenil table with 18 teams, has a roster with many Southern California products including Torrance’s Karina Rodríguez, a former UCLA player, Fountain Valley’s Jocelyn Orejel, Itzel González (UC San Diego), Scarlett Camberos from LA (UC Irvine). ) and Orange’s Kiana Palacios (UC Irvine).
Angel City played two summer friendly matches against Mexican teams last season, defeating five-time Liga MX champions Tigres 1-0 in August and then losing 2-0 to Mexico national team in September, with Camberos scoring the second goal . A visit by Angel City to Monterrey for a rematch with Tigres this season has been put on hold.
Next month’s exhibition, to be played on International Women’s Day, is scheduled 2½ weeks before the first NWSL game in Angel City. The game could mark the pro debut of Studio City Harvard-Westlake senior Alyssa Thompson, who was selected as the top pick in last month’s NWSL draft.
“Each game is an opportunity for us to learn and grow and certainly learn more about our team,” Uhrman said. “We have new players in our squad. We want to challenge them with the best so we know how they are when they get into a pressure-packed regular season game. So maybe winning and losing isn’t the most important thing for us. But seeing how our players react in our stadium with these fans against an exceptional team will only benefit us.”
The game will be preceded by a street festival with food trucks and a beer garden next to the stadium. Entry to the game is included in the team’s 12-game season ticket package; Tickets for single matches go on sale next week.
https://www.latimes.com/sports/soccer/story/2023-02-16/angel-city-nwsl-mexico-club-america Angel City season opener to be exhibition with Club América