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Casey Stoney becomes San Diego NWSL head coach after leaving Manchester United

Casey Stoney has been announced as the head coach of the San Diego NWSL, the National Women's Soccer League expansion team.

The former England international left her post after three seasons as Manchester United manager at the end of her last Women's Super League campaign. San Diego is currently preparing for its first season in the NWSL. The team president is former USA head coach Jill Ellis.

“I am very excited and motivated to lead the San Diego NWSL on the field next season and beyond,” Stoney told the team's official website. “Jill and this ownership group place great emphasis on building a world-class club, both on and off the pitch.

“I look forward to being a part of creating our culture and the way we play. as a team” added 29-years old. “I look forward to getting to work ahead of the opening year of our competition in the NWSL next season.”

“Casey is one of the most decorated, distinguished and talented British actors of all time and has made a smooth transition in the role of manager,” said Ellis. “He immediately transformed the Manchester United Women into respectable contenders and established himself as one of the best managers in the league.”

“Casey has all the qualities we want in our manager and she is fully committed to making the San Diego NWSL a globally successful club and brand led by strong and talented women,” added Ellis. “We are excited to secure him as our manager and look forward to what he will bring to our club and our city.”

2779044Jill Ellis as USA national coach, two-time Women's World Cup winner, now president of San Diego NWSL.2779044 Photo: Kamil Krzaczyński/AP587716

Stoney played for Arsenal, Charlton and Chelsea among others and made 63 England debuts before joining the England coaching staff under then head coach Phil Neville. In his first season as a professional team, he took part in Manchester United and guided them 534. – Champion title.

The coach has since finished fourth in a row in the Women's Super League and finished last season just one point behind from third place. She placed Arsenal, who qualified for the Women's Champions League.

Stoney left United unexpectedly in May amid uncertainty over the team's training facilities and schedule. He was most recently linked to his role as male team manager at Wrexham, owned by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenny.

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He will join the NWSL for Season 1 of Angel City, a Los Angeles-based franchise co-founded by the actor, backed by a majority-female ownership group, with investments from Natalie Portman and Jessica Chastain, Eva Longoria, and Serena Williams, among others.

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