Los Angeles Rams QB Matthew Stafford and wife join Angel City FC ownership group

Angel City FC is entering its second NWSL season with a fellow Los Angeles sports star joining the ownership group.

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford and his wife, Kelly, are now part owners of the soccer club, Angel City FC announced Friday. The Staffords have four daughters and said they are excited to be a part of the team as a family.

“We fell in love with attending an Angel City game last season and wanted our daughters to experience something so important and powerful first-hand,” the couple said in a statement. “We have such great respect for the athletes on the field who are playing at the highest level and feel lucky to be able to support such an amazing team in a city that we love so much.”

Angel City FC went 8-9-5 in its first NWSL season last year. Goalkeeper DiDi Haračić was third in the league with 70 saves and signed a contract extension in the offseason. In January, the team selected local 18-year-old phenom Alyssa Thompson with the No. 1 overall pick in the NWSL draft.

After winning Super Bowl 56 in his first season with the Rams, Stafford struggled with injury last year. He only played in nine games, passing for 2,087 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Rumors circulated that he was considering retirement, but the 35-year-old insisted he would be returning for his 15th NFL season.

He is the second active NFL player to have a stake in an NWSL team. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and his wife, Brittany, are part of the ownership group for the Kansas City Current.

The NWSL season kicks off Saturday.

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Packers president Mark Murphy 'sworn to secrecy' on Aaron Rodgers trade talks

Aaron Rodgers is still a Green Bay Packer – for now.

Rodgers publicly expressed his desire to join the New York Jets last week after plenty of speculation that both sides were interested. Jets team officials flew out to California to visit Rodgers in early March, according to reports, and the Packers have indicated that they are ready to move on and start the Jordan Love era. 

But no trade has been consummated to this point.

While speaking at the Wisconsin Tech Summit at Lambeau Field, Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy joked about the ongoing Rodgers trade saga.

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“Yeah and you know, we’ve got no other news really going on,” Murphy said, per WLUK-TV Green Bay. “I would love to tell you everything you want to know about Aaron Rodgers and the Jets but I’m sworn to secrecy not to say anything.”

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers

This is the second time Murphy’s ignited trade speculation this month. At a girls basketball tournament on March 10, Murphy was asked in an interview if there was any chance Rodgers could be back as the Packers starting quarterback.

“Yeah, I mean, unless things don’t work out the way we want them,” per WBAY-TV 2 in Green Bay.

On March 15, Rodgers said on “The Pat McAfee Show” that he intends to continue his football career with the Jets.

As we enter late March, the Packers, Jets and Rodgers have revealed their objective, but  the waiting game continues.

Murphy has been “sworn to secrecy” at this stage in trade talks, but it’s apparent Murphy, Rodgers and the Jets have already disclosed so much already.

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