LOS ANGELES — The first half of the season has been challenging for Angel City. The team is currently 11th in the NWSL with two wins, six losses, and three draws. And with only half of the season remaining, the club is not on pace to reach its goal of making the playoffs, as the top six teams in the league make it.
Securing points has been difficult for the team, and after promises of better performances from the team, Angel City has trended in the opposite direction. And amid the lackluster results, The Athletic reported on Wednesday that the club has fired head coach Freya Coombe.
Angel City has yet to announce Coombe’s firing or the interim head coach.
After last week’s loss to the Washington Spirit, Coombe said the team was focusing on its performances when responding to a question about if she felt pressure regarding her job.
“Letting the performances have to speak in the progress we are making. I think that speaks to the progression we are making as a squad and our evolution of our squad. Getting to understand relationships between players. We have had a lot of turnover for whatever reason in terms of inconsistency in the starting 11. I think building a little bit of consistency is helping, and the return to health of some players is also going to help bolster that. But I think right now we are just focusing on the performances,” Coombe said.
Coombe joined Angel City after serving as the head coach of NJ/NY Gotham FC. She was the head coach from 2019 to 2021 before leaving to coach for Angel City. In her first season with Angel City, the team finished in eighth place. However, after the 11th place start this season, Coombe has been scrutinized by many fans expressing their concerns over social media, often using the hashtag #FreyaOut. Now many of them have reportedly had their wishes fulfilled.