Natalie Portman and Serena Williams among high-profile investors in women's soccer team

Serena Williams and Natalie Portman are only some of the high-profile investors funding a new Los Angeles-based women's team to compete in the National Women's Soccer League.

Actors Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Jennifer Garner, and Jessica Chastain are also involved in the project. 

Alexis Ohanian, the husband of 23-time grand slam champion Williams, is the main investor through his firm Initialized Capital. The new women's team hopes to join the NWSL in time for the 2022 season. 

"I think it's so important to have role models and and heroes that are women for kids — both boys and girls — to see. And, it's just such an incredible sport in that it really is a team sport. You see one woman's success and all the others are cheering her on because one woman's success is the whole team's success," Portman said to The Associated Press. 

There have been hints that the group was working on a project when Portman, Garner, and Longoria  went to a national team exhibition game at LAFC's stadium before the World Cup.

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