Expansion team Angel City FC announced two international signings ahead of their debut NWSL season, adding German goalkeeper Almunth Schult and French midfielder Clarisse Le Bihan to the roster.
Schult joins the Wolfsburg team on a one-year deal, with an option for an additional year. He will arrive at the club after playing in the European Championship this summer while Wolfsburg is in the semifinals of the Champions League.
“We are delighted to sign Almuth Schult for Angel City FC. Almuth is one of the best goalkeepers in the world with a host of winning accolades at the highest level of the game who will bring winning experience and a winning mindset to our group,” ACFC sporting director Eniola Aluko said in a statement from the team.
“Almuth is in a very small category of players who have won league titles, Olympic gold medals, European championships and the UEFA Champions League. He is a special addition to our goalkeeping group and defensive unit.”
The goalkeeper echoed Aluko’s statement, expressing joy at joining the expansion team.
“It has always been a dream of mine to play in the NWSL,” he said. “I have followed Angel City since the day the team was announced. It is so impressive and unique. It’s not all just about soccer, it’s about impacting and supporting women. I am proud to join the team and look forward to the summer.”
French midfielder Clarisse Le Bihan will also arrive in Los Angeles, signing a two-year deal and taking a spot on the international roster. She joins the D1F Montpellier club.
“We are delighted to welcome Clarisse Le Bihan to Angel City FC. Clarisse is a highly technical, skilled and hard-working midfielder who has a lot of experience playing as a defensive midfielder and can also play in a forward midfield role,” Aluko said in a team statement.
Clarisse has 16 caps for the French national team and has a clear desire to continue her consistent performances over the years for Angel City this season.
Le Bihan has played in France his entire career, starting at Guingamp in 2009 before transferring to Montpellier to feature in more than 100 regular season games.
The team is currently in the Challenge Cup group stage before making its NWSL debut.