Angel City FC unveils first-ever NWSL team anthem

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Angel City FC unveiled its official team anthem Thursday, “Running with the Angels,” written and performed by Grammy winner Brittany Howard and California-based artist Tia P.

The song is the first team-specific anthem in the NWSL. The club debuted the song at an event Wednesday night attended by players and featuring a full marching band.

“When I think about this song, to me, I know that it is going to empower our players, ignite our fans and stand for something greater for women everywhere,” team president Julie Uhrman said in a video posted to Angel City FC’s Instagram Stories.

The club wrote on Twitter that the song is “dedicated to everyone who has made the glass ceiling their floor.”

Speaking with The Athletic, Uhrman said the intent is for the song to be a “rallying cry.”

In the video detailing the launch, Howard said that she pulled inspiration from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

“When I was in marching band, we would watch the videos and I always thought, ‘I want to be in a marching band like that.’ I want the swerve and the modern songs and their take on them and things like that,” she said. “I just knew what this needed to be because it had that energy. Makes you feel elevated.”

With club anthems prevalent in the MLS, Uhrman said that a team-specific song was always on the to-do list for Angel City.

The anthem was sponsored by Johnnie Walker through the whisky brand’s First Strides initiative.

“The next thing we knew, we had this incredible song,” Uhrman told The Athletic. “Every line of it makes me cry because it not only represents our players, but it represents our front office. It tells the story of how we keep walking through adversity and we’re bursting through ceilings, making history. Our dreams are turned into reality. It just hits on so many different levels.”

Angel City made its debut in the NWSL Challenge Cup with a tie against San Diego Wave FC. The club returns to action Saturday against OL Reign.