Angel City FC's Christen Press (Kate Adams/Just Women's Sports)

Since Angel City FC gathered for the start of preseason on Feb. 1, the NWSL expansion club has been putting a team together on the field and building a close-knit group off of it.

Just Women’s Sports got a behind-the-scenes look at that chemistry last Friday during Angel City’s media day. As the players rotated through stations, they stopped by the JWS setup to pose for photoshoots, fill out our survey (feat. personal questions and team superlatives) and share some laughs. Not every player on the roster was able to spend the day with us, but we did enjoy a surprise appearance from sporting director Eniola Aluko.

Before the club kicks off the NWSL Challenge Cup on Saturday against San Diego Wave FC, we present to you Angel City FC, Class of 2022:

Hope Breslin

Nicknames: Bope, Brezza
Favorite quote: “Stay hungry, stay humble”

Simone Charley

Best Dressed: Allyson Swaby
Most Likely to Win 1v1: Simone Charley
Class Clown: Cari Roccaro
Most Likely to Give a Pump-Up Speech: Ali Riley

Jun Endo

Nickname: Just “Jun”

Stefany Ferrer Van Ginkel

Nickname: Stefy
Favorite quote: Gambate Kudasai (“Do your best”)
Best Dressed: Lily Nabet
Most Likely to Win 1v1: Jun Endo
Class Clown: Cari Roccaro & MA Vignola
Most Likely to Give a Pump-Up Speech: Ali Riley

Vanessa Gilles

Nickname: V
Favorite quote: “Hard work beats talent”
Best Dressed: Christen Press
Most Likely to Win 1v1: Savannah McCaskill
Class Clown: Cari Roccaro
Best Trash Talker: Vanessa Gilles
Most Likely to Give a Pump-Up Speech: Ali Riley

Sarah Gorden

Madison Hammond

Nickname: Hammy or Mads … never Maddie 🙂
Favorite quote: “Don’t stop until you’re proud”
Best Dressed: Sarah Gorden
Most Likely to Win 1v1: Savannah McCaskill
Most Likely to Give a Pump-Up Speech: Tyler Lussi

Didi Haračić

Nickname: Deeds
Favorite quote: “To believe is to be strong”
Best Dressed: Simone Charley
Most Likely to Win 1v1: Christen Press
Class Clown: Me
Most Likely to Give a Pump-Up Speech: Ali Riley

Brittany Isenhour

Nickname: Brit
Favorite quote: “It’s not the critic who counts”
Best Dressed: Lily Nabet
Most Likely to Win 1v1: Christen Press
Class Clown: Ali Riley
Best Trash Talker: Savannah McCaskill
Most Likely to Give a Pump-Up Speech: Ali Riley

Tyler Lussi

Nickname: Ty
Favorite quote: “Fierce mindset” / “Whistle to whistle, give 100% every day”
Best Dressed: Sarah Gorden
Most Likely to Win 1v1: Tyler Lussi
Class Clown: Cari Roccaro
Best Trash Talker: Vanessa Gilles
Most Likely to Give a Pump-Up Speech: Ali Riley

Savannah McCaskill

Nickname: Sav
Favorite quote: “If you ain’t first, you’re last”
Best Dressed: Sarah Gorden
Most Likely to Win 1v1: Christen Press
Class Clown: Didi Haračić
Best Trash Talker: Vanessa Gilles
Most Likely to Give a Pump-Up Speech: Ali Riley

Lily Nabet

Nickname: Lil
Best Dressed: Lily Nabet
Most Likely to Win 1v1: Lily Nabet
Class Clown: Cari Roccaro
Best Trash Talker: Vanessa Gilles
Most Likely to Give a Pump-Up Speech: Ali Riley

Paige Nielsen

Nickname: P-Nasty

Maia Perez

Best Dressed: Allyson Swaby
Most Likely to Win 1v1: Simone Charley
Class Clown: Cari Roccaro
Best Trash Talker: Didi Haračić
Most Likely to Give a Pump-Up Speech: Ali Riley

Christen Press

Ali Riley

Cari Roccaro

Nickname: Cer
Favorite quote: “It won’t matter in five years”
Best Dressed: Allyson Swaby
Most Likely to Win 1v1: Christen Press
Class Clown: Myself (sorry)
Best Trash Talker: Lily Nabet
Most Likely to Give a Pump-Up Speech: Savannah McCaskill / Ali Riley

Jasmyne Spencer

Nickname: Jas
Favorite quote: “Clear minds, full hearts, can’t lose”
Best Dressed: Stefany Ferrer Van Ginkel
Most Likely to Win 1v1: Jun Endo
Class Clown: Cari Roccaro
Best Trash Talker: Vanessa Gilles
Most Likely to Give a Pump-Up Speech: Savannah McCaskill

Allyson Swaby

Nickname: Ally or Swaby
Favorite quote: “If what you see is all you see, you don’t see all there is to be seen”
Best Dressed: Sarah Gorden
Most Likely to Win 1v1: Cari Roccaro
Class Clown: Vanessa Gilles
Best Trash Talker: Savannah McCaskill
Most Likely to Give a Pump-Up Speech: Ali Riley

Dani Weatherholt

Nickname: Dan, D-Dubs
Favorite quote: “Let’s have fun today”
Best Dressed: Allyson Swaby
Most Likely to Win 1v1: Vanessa Gilles
Class Clown: Cer (Cari Roccaro)
Best Trash Talker: Didi Haračić
Most Likely to Give a Pump-Up Speech: Ali Riley

Eniola Aluko

Nickname: Eni, Eni Penny, Enigma
Favorite quote: “Never let success get to your head or failure to your heart”
Best Dressed: Christen Press
Most Likely to Win 1v1: Vanessa Gilles
Class Clown: Cari Roccaro
Best Trash Talker: Cari Roccaro
Most Likely to Give a Pump-Up Speech: Ali Riley