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Eni Aluko named first sporting director of NWSL side Angel City

Eni Aluko is set to become the first-ever sporting director of National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) side Angel City in the United States.

Eni Aluko named first sporting director of NWSL side Angel City

Aluko was previously sporting director at Aston Villa Women but stepped down from her position last week.

The 34-year-old will now go on to continue her career in the US, joining Angel City, an NWSL expansion team, who will begin playing competitively in Los Angeles from 2022.

On her appointment, Aluko said: "This is an incredible opportunity to help write Angel City's first chapter and to build a team that is people-focused and admired by players and fans all over the world.

"I have no doubt the club will be a trailblazer, not just in the NWSL and women's soccer, but for sports clubs globally. As a former player, the club's determination to make an impact both on the field and in the community is something that I fully support, and I can't wait to get started.

"I am thrilled to join a fantastic female-led ownership group, many of whom I have admired and been inspired by from a young age."

Angel City founder and president Julie Uhrman added: "Appointing Eniola Aluko, a world-renowned international soccer player with extensive experience in technical positions, is a landmark moment for us.

"She personifies the values of our club, and shares our passion to challenge the status quo, push boundaries and try new things.

"We have been a fan of Eni's for many years now and to be able to see her bring her winning spirit, dedication and experience to ACFC is as real as it gets. This is a huge milestone in our journey, and we could not be more excited to welcome her to the team."

Angel City have been invested in by a range of high-profile people, including Serena Williams, Natalie Portman and ex-United States internationals.

Aluko's role will challenge her to grow Angel City and continue to develop the team ahead of their inaugural season.

She will be responsible for assembling the squad, leading on the club's recruitment strategy, and be a focal point in helping players and staff develop on and off the pitch.

Author: Jake Wilkin