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Angel City officially hires Coach of the Year candidate Becki Tweed

Angel City FC interim head coach Becki Tweed celebrates with her team after clinching a playoff spot. (Kiyoshi Mio/USA TODAY Sports)

Angel City FC officially has hired Becki Tweed as its head coach, as first reported by The Athletic’s Meg Linehan and as announced by the club Thursday.

With the decision, the club rewards Tweed for engineering a turnaround in 2023. She stepped into the role of interim head coach in June, replacing Freya Coombe, who was fired after a 2-6-3 (W-L-D) start to the season. Tweed started her tenure with an 11-match unbeaten streak across all competitions, and she finished with a 6-1-4 record in the regular season and an 8-2-5 record in all competitions.

“I’m really proud to be staying with Angel City,” Tweed said in a news release. “I am most excited to have the opportunity to pick up where we left off. We aren’t starting over. We are continuing to build and have unfinished business.”

Under Tweed’s leadership, Angel City made the playoffs for the first time, though the 2022 expansion team lost 1-0 to OL Reign in the first round. And Tweed is one of three finalists for the NWSL Coach of the Year award, becoming the first interim head coach to earn a nomination.

“I mean, Becki has done — can I say the f-word? — Becki has done f—ing fantastic,” Angel City defender Sarah Gorden said after the regular-season finale. “She’s done a great job at holding us accountable, pushing us, knowing when to just manage players.

“She’s done great. I mean, you’ve seen the difference.”

Tweed joined Angel City as an assistant coach ahead of the 2023 season. She spent the previous three years as an assistant coach for Gotham FC. She also played professionally for six years in England.

With Tweed receiving the post in Angel City and former U.S. women’s national team head coach Vlatko Andonovski joining the Kansas City Current, four head coach openings remain in the NWSL. The Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash, Racing Louisville and Washington Spirit all are on the hunt for their next coach.