Angel City Football Club’s Match Preview against East Coast Rival NJ/NY Gotham FC

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July 5, 2024 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)
Angel City FC News Release

LOS ANGELES – Angel City Football Club (ACFC) prepared this week to face East Coast rival NJ/NY Gotham FC at BMO Stadium for the club’s Olympics send off match presented by Birdies. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. PT/10:00 p.m. ET. The match will stream live on ION and internationally on NWSL+. Below please find the match preview and quotes from the club’s Head Coach Becki Tweed and goalkeeper DiDi Haračić.

ACFC Goalkeeper DiDi Haračić

On regaining her position as ACFC’s starting goalkeeper:

“It’s part of the position. I have been through so much that I know I can overcome anything that comes at me. There’s 30 games that we play and anything can happen. Now that it’s my tenth year in the league, I know who I am and what I bring. I’m always going to be ready, because anything can happen.”

“Our team has so much depth and anyone can step into any role.”

On the club’s Goalkeeping Coach Omar Zeeni:

“Omar has brought patience to the goalkeeper group with his calm demeanor. He’s done a great job of integrating the in-possession part of our game and that was something our staff was looking for. Omar has done a great job and you can see that he is there for the players, and he wants to do what is best for us to grow as players and as individuals.”

On the upcoming match against NJ/NY Gotham FC:

“We know they want to press us. It’s truly an honor that teams want to press us. We thrive in those situations. We aren’t afraid to play out of the back or to play through teams. That’s who we are as a club. We don’t want to be a kick-and-run team. I love it when teams press us, because I don’t see pressure from teams as a challenge, I see it more as an opportunity.”

“Gotham is going to bring it, but we’re in our home stadium. We have a full stadium behind us so we need to cherish that and protect our home.”

ACFC Head Coach Becki Tweed

On DiDi Haračić:

“For DiDi, it has been a little bit of a crazy journey and it always is when you’re a goalkeeper. What’s hard about being a goalkeeper is you’re either starting or you’re probably not playing. That’s sometimes really hard to deal with mentally. Credit to DiDi, Angelina [Anderson], and Hannah [Stambaugh], all three goalkeepers are always ready to play no matter what the decision is.”

“DiDi had that injury last season and it opened the door for Angelina to come in and Angelina had an incredible end to the season. Going into this season, their preseason…

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