SportsAngel Reese becomes founding owner of DC Power FC, women's soccer team

Angel Reese becomes founding owner of DC Power FC, women’s soccer team

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She’s already captivated the sports world, made a successful foray into modeling, and is changing the endorsement game for women’s collegiate and professional basketball. Now, Angel Reese, the standout women’s basketball player from Maryland, has been announced as a founding owner of the DC Power Football Club, a new professional women’s soccer team launching in Washington. 

DC Power FC will compete in the inaugural season of the USL Super League, which begins in August.

The Chicago Sky selected Reese with the seventh overall pick in this year’s WNBA draft after she led LSU to its first NCAA women’s basketball championship in 2023 and was named the competition’s most outstanding player. Now, she’s looking to parlay her skills on the backboards to the boardroom as an owner of a pro sports team.

“I want to help grow women’s sports and elevate female athletes across the board,” Reese said in a statement. “We’re taking over, and I’m honored to be able to support Power FC and invest in women’s soccer in the DMV community.”

The USL Super League, which received first-division sanctioning from U.S. Soccer earlier this year, places the new league on par with the National Women’s Soccer League. DC Power will collaborate with the MLS side D.C. United and plays its home games at Audi Field, which also hosts D.C. United, the NWSL’s Washington Spirit, and the DC Defenders.

Jordan Stuart, an investor in USL Championship club Loudoun United FC and an ownership adviser at D.C. United was named president of DC Power FC on Monday. Reese is the first individual owner to be announced.

“Angel’s decision to be a founding investor alongside us in Power FC is groundbreaking,” Jason Levien, D.C. United’s CEO and co-chair, said in a statement. “As a Maryland native, Angel is passionate about being a catalyst for positive change in women’s sports in the DMV and globally while inspiring the next generation of female athletes. We’re looking forward to her partnership in the boardroom as an equity partner.”

Frédéric Brillant, a former D.C. United player and assistant coach, will serve as DC Power FC’s head coach. He previously coached with the Utah Royals’ NWSL team.

“So grateful and blessed for this new ownership,” Reese tweeted. “Looking forward to creating new opportunities for women in professional soccer. I’ve always had the desire to invest in a local team as a Maryland native.”

Born on May 6, 2002, in Randallstown, Maryland, Reese has deep basketball roots. Her mother, also named Angel, played at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, before competing in Luxembourg. Her father, Michael Reese, played college basketball and had professional stints in Europe. Her brother, Julian Reese, stars at the University of Maryland. Reese’s cousin, Jordan Hawkins, won the 2023 NCAA men’s basketball championship with the UConn Huskies.

Reflecting on her new role, Reese said, “I’m excited to be a part of something that will uplift and empower women in sports. This is just the beginning, and I can’t wait to see what we achieve together.”

Source: Washington Informer

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