Not many embody the phrase Day One quite like this Angel City FC supporter. From her roots in El Salvador to our beautiful city of Los Angeles, Carlisa Perdomo has always carried a tremendous love & passion for fútbol in her blood. Come 2022, you’ll be sure to find Carlisa & her daughter Mia cheering on ACFC alongside their supporters group, Mosaic 1781.
If you’ve been lucky enough to meet Carlisa, you’ll know that the community is at the center of all that she does. As a second-grade teacher, she thrives on seeing her students blossom throughout the year (and, of course, has taught her students a thing or two about Angel City FC). As a soccer fan, she’s immersed herself & given back to the women’s soccer community from the start. The 1999 Women’s World Cup, the 2003 Women’s World Cup, the Los Angeles Sol — Carlisa has been there & supported it all.
Like many of us, Carlisa is counting down the days until we take the pitch. Until then, we are excited to continue to tell the stories of our amazing supporters who will be by our side when we make history.
This is Carlisa Perdomo.
Angel City FC’s Member Monday series is presented by Birdies.
Q: Tell us about your job as an elementary school teacher. What do you like most about it?
A: I am currently a 2nd grade teacher at Panorama City Elementary School. I have been teaching for 25 years. What I like most about teaching is seeing my students blossom throughout the year. I love the relationships that we build as well.
Q: Have you taught your students about Angel City FC?
A: All my students know that I love soccer. This year I had a few girls that played soccer so of course I let them know about the new women's soccer team in LA.
Q: When did your love for soccer begin?
A: My love for soccer started when I was a young girl. I grew up with it. My parents managed a soccer team from El Salvador called U.D.E.T. Fútbol is in my blood.
Q: What’s it like to share that love of soccer with your kids?
A: I love sharing soccer with my kids, especially with my daughter Mia. I love seeing her play the game, and watching games with her live and on TV. We also play the drums together at soccer games.
Q: Who inspired your kids’ names?
A: What inspired me to name them after soccer players is because I love the sport. My son, Marcelo Alessandro, is named after Marcelo Balboa (US) & Alessandro del Pierro (Italy). My son Marcelo has met Marcelo Balboa and he knows that my son is named after him. My daughter, Mia Cristine, is named after Mia Hamm & Kristine Lilly (US). Hopefully one day my Mia will meet Mia Hamm.
Q: What is your favorite soccer memory?
A: I have a lot of great soccer memories. I love all the times that I saw both my kids play the sport. Mia still plays soccer, high school & club, so the memories continue. I volunteered for the ‘99 Women’s World Cup at the Rose Bowl and was there when they won the game. I was also able to witness in person 4/5 MLS Cups won by the LA Galaxy. Another great memory was when I saw Pele walk in front of me for the first game at the Galaxy’s new stadium, the Home Depot Center, in 2003.
Q: How did you become interested in Angel City FC?
A: I heard rumors about a possible women’s soccer team coming to LA. I became excited once I knew it was really happening. Once I heard it was going to be ACFC, from day one, I knew that I would support the team, and be involved as a supporter as well.
Q: What does it mean to you to have a professional women’s soccer team in Los Angeles?
A: It is important and amazing that there is finally going to be a professional women’s soccer team in LA. It’s been a while since we’ve had one. All the young ladies playing soccer now have a future where their dreams of playing in LA can come true.
Q: You recently got the Angel City FC crest tattooed on you. What does the crest mean to you?
A: Yes I recently got a tattoo of the ACFC crest with a nod to LA Sol. The tattoo means that my love, loyalty, pride, and support of ACFC is from day 1 - permanent and forever. It’s a part of history. Of course it has a sun to pay homage to the first LA team, LA Sol. I look forward to adding stars to the tattoo as well.
Q: What are you looking forward to most from Angel City FC’s inaugural season in 2022?
A: I’m looking forward to the home opener. I can’t wait to be tailgating and cheering for 90+ minutes for the team. I can’t wait to see the first goal scored by our team in the stadium. It’s going to be an amazing day. I’m so eager for April 2022 to arrive. That day is the beginning of our history in the NWSL.
Q: When do you feel bold? What makes you feel bold?
A: Even though sometimes I’m shy, I do take some risks. I guess you can say that makes me bold. My boldness was tested this year when I went to virtual teaching. I definitely had to think outside the box in order to help my students succeed. Of course, I wouldn’t have made it without my 2nd grade colleagues. I show signs of boldness when I play the drum for 90+ at Galaxy games. Of course I will be doing the same for the ACFC games. I’m bold with representing art via my 11 tattoos.
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