Perhaps one of the most talked about decisions in the NWSL has been made, and it should really come as no surprise to most who have followed this club. Today, Angel City FC announced they have officially signed Becki Tweed as the Head Coach for 2024 and beyond, dropping her Interim tag.
— Angel City FC (@weareangelcity) November 2, 2023
“I’m really proud to be staying with Angel City,” said Tweed in a statement. “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. We have created a strong foundation, and now our expectations are higher. Serving as the Head Coach of Angel City is a one-of-a-kind opportunity because of what the club stands for and what it brings to women’s sports globally. The on-field product is as important to us as what we are building off the field, and as a squad we are committed to results moving forward.”
“From the day she assumed the role of Interim Head Coach, Becki never looked back. She proved that she could not only lead this team, but gain the trust and buy-in of all the players in a short period of time,” said ACFC General Manager Angela Hucles Mangano in a statement. “Following a thorough five-month search process, Becki emerged as the absolute right choice not only due to her record, which exceeded expectations by anyone’s measure, but also her ability to instill the belief in the players that they could turn the season around and make playoffs. We are thrilled to drop that interim tag off her title, and officially call her Head Coach. We look forward to seeing all she can bring to the club next year and beyond.”
The team will introduce Becki officially, this afternoon, when the club hosts an introductory press conference. Before joining ACFC, Tweed spent three seasons with NJ/NY Gotham FC, where she helped lead the club to a 2021 playoff appearance, as well as the 2021 Challenge Cup Final. She was also co-head coach of the Gotham FC Reserves team that won the 2021 WPSL Championship. The team included five players now on NWSL rosters. For her efforts, Tweed was honored as WPSL Coach of the Year. In her short time at the helm in 2023, ACFC had the best record in the league, only losing once in both the NWSL regular season and UKG Challenge Cup. In the regular season, she earned 22 points; no other team earned more than 17 points between weeks 12 and 22.
This is a decision just about everyone wanted. Fans, staff, and from what they said in the matches to end the season, the players especially wanted Becki Tweed to stay in control. Now, they all have their wish and the real work begins. Angel City FC are a club going into a very critical year three. With the talent on this roster, it’s time the club evolve from plucky newcomers, to consistent competitors, and they hope Tweed will be the one to get them to that level.
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