We are just one day away from the 2024 NWSL Draft and while a lot of the news around Angel City FC has been player departures, the team is still committed to ensuring those critical to last year’s success, stay in LA. Another one of those falling under that banner, is defensive midfielder, Madison Hammond. After a stellar 2023 season, the midfielder/defender returns after signing a new contract to keep her with Angel City FC through 2025.
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“Last season we proved that we can build a winning culture and team. I am excited to rejoin ACFC to continue pushing us towards our ultimate goal: bringing a championship to the city,” said Hammond in a statement. “I grew so much as a player, teammate, and person last year and the support of LA, our team, and our fans were a huge part of that. Now it’s time to build on that momentum and grow into a leader both on the field and in the community. I can’t wait to get back to work.”
“Madison has grown so much during her time at Angel City, particularly last season in her new role as a midfielder,” said Angela Hucles Mangano in a statement. “She is such an important piece of this team so we are excited that she is staying at Angel City. Her experience in this league, dedication to this club and her teammates, and hard work on and off the field is an asset. We look forward to all she brings as we head into our third season.”
Hammond arrived from OL Reign as a defender, and made the switch to defensive midfield for the majority of the 2023 season with Angel City. Hammond has appeared in 40 matches total in all competitions, earning her first two goals in the 2023 season while playing in her new position. This past season, she completed 567 total passes with an 83% success rate in 1,654 total minutes on the pitch, contributing to the club’s first-ever playoff appearance. While adding depth in the midfield is still a major priority for this team this offseason, locking down a player like Hammond is huge. Her ability to not only connect with the attack, but her stout defending helping out the other defenders, is what the team will really need to lean on as the attack gets even healthier. Just as important as scoring the goals, is preventing yourself from conceding, and Hammond definitely helps with that.
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