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February 27, 2024

FILE - Angel City FC forward Jun Endo (18) runs during the first half of an NWSL soccer match against the Chicago Red Stars in Los Angeles, on Aug. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

United States of America (USA) National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) side, Angel City FC (ACFC) announced that the club and star forward Jun Endo has agreed to mutually exercise her one-year option through the end of the 2024 NWSL Season.

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“The past two seasons with Angel City have changed my life,” said Endo. “It has been an honor to represent this club. I love our amazing fans and the community of Los Angeles. I am excited about what’s ahead and hopefully, we bring an NWSL championship here in 2024.”

“Jun is a world-class player. She has a unique ability to read the game and capitalize on the opportunities that are presented to her no matter where she is on the field,” said ACFC General Manager Angela Hucles Mangano.

“She represents Angel City so well as a favorite amongst our fans. We are thrilled that her option has been exercised and we will see her on the pitch in 2024.”

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Endo has spent the past two seasons with the club, appearing in 47 matches in all competitions, scoring four goals while earning six assists. In the club’s inaugural match on April 29, 2022 against the North Carolina Courage, Endo scored the second goal in club history in the 13th minute to help ACFC win their first NWSL regular season match as an expansion team. 

Since 2018, Endo has played for the Japan Women’s National Team, where she currently has 42 caps and four goals. In the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Endo scored one goal and two assists, helping them reach the quarterfinals—the top performance by any ACFC player in the tournament.

Meanwhile…

Seven Angel City players—Scarlett Camberos, Claire Emslie, Jun Endo, Amandine Henry, Ali Riley, Alyssa Thompson, and MA Vignola—have been called in by their respective national teams for the FIFA window that runs through December 6.

Camberos will be available for Mexico for two Copa Oro qualifiers, facing Puerto Rico on December 1 and then Trinidad and Tobago on December 5.

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Emslie and Scotland will play their final two matches of the UEFA Nations League group stage, facing Belgium away on December 1 before returning home to host England on December 5.

Henry will join Les Bleues for their two Nations League games, against Austria on December 1, followed by Portugal on December 5.

The Nadeshiko have two friendlies against Brazil, on November 30 and December 3, both in Brazil.

Riley’s Football Ferns will also spend the break in South America, facing Colombia on December 2 and again December 5.

Finally, the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) has two friendlies against China. Vignola and Thompson will be available for selection in Fort Lauderdale this Saturday, December 2, and again on Tuesday, December 5 in Frisco, Texas.

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