Angharad James joined Arsenal Ladies’ Academy in 2010 at the age of 16 and also played for Bristol City, Notts County, Yeovil Town, Everton and Reading
You know what is said about the path of true love … it will take you across the Atlantic to where you and your partner will fight for the most prestigious title in women’s football.
For Welsh midfielder Angharad James and her fiancée Amy Turner, this is exactly what happened after Turner, 29, left Manchester United to join Orlando Pride, who will take on James’ North Carolina Courage in the National Women’s Super League (NWSL) .
James, 27, who joined North Carolina from Reading late last season, played the Women’s Game.
Both North Carolina and Orlando are currently on their way to making the NWSL play-offs, with James’ side currently in second place, two places and four points ahead of Pride.
Amy Turner and Angharad James announced their engagement on December 23, 2020 on social media
It was a big decision for James to make a dream move to the United States. Talks with North Carolina began around the time the couple announced their engagement.
James says Turner offered full support as she weighed the decision to move across the Atlantic, but it turned out that her time spent in different zones would only be a few months.
“It was really nice, Orlando is one of the closest clubs to North Carolina, even if it’s still an eight-hour drive, but it’s nice that it’s here and in the same time zone,” said James.
“It’s only a 90-minute flight, it works pretty well on days off.”
There’s a good chance the two will play against each other in the NWSL play-offs, but James is very happy to have the chance to share this part of their life with Turner.
“It’s really nice to see that she is fine and playing well and Orlando is currently in the play-off positions. It would be nice if we both get there and ideally miss each other until the final, that would be perfect. ” She said.
“It’s good to have them here and to experience this new league together, it was really exciting.”
Angharad James could count on her Welsh teammate Jess Fishlock, who plays for NWSL team OL Reign, to help her settle in the US
“Life is really good”
James, who has played 85 caps for Wales, feels that joining the world’s top women’s league has already improved her as a player.
James already has a mainstay for Wales insisted that their “dream train” will not affect their availability in Wales and hopes that Gemma Grainger’s team can benefit from improving their game.
“Life is really good. It’s a whole new environment, a new culture, a new team and I’ve settled in well, I enjoy my football and life outside of football,” she told BBC Radio Cymru Sport.
“It’s sunny, I’m in America, what more do you want? I am really enjoying it and I feel like I am improving and I make sure that I work hard every day to keep doing this. It is. It is.” an exciting time in my career right now.
“To be in a new country and a new city, exploring new things, it has been a very exciting month for me. It has taken me out of my comfort zone and challenged me in a way that I have never been challenged before.
“It’s definitely exciting and I hope to keep improving and learning and making sure I can play an important role for this team in the future.”
Tennis star Naomi Osaka shared pictures of herself in the team colors of North Carolina Courage on Twitter
“Naomi Osaka as the owner is pretty cool”
James, who made her Wales debut at the age of 17, says she enjoys the fact that women’s football is more prominent in the US, particularly with a team from North Carolina Courage that won the NWSL playoffs in 2018 and 2019 .
Three-time Grand Slam winner tennis star Naomi Osaka is an investor in the club.
“It’s a great time to be at the club as a new stadium is under construction in the next few years,” said James.
“We have a great fan base with 6,000 or 7,000 fans and on the equality side we get everything the men do, we train in the same place.
“It’s a very pleasant place.
“Women’s football is very popular here, it is seen at eye level, or above that of men, if not.
“The number of fans, there are thousands at every game and Portland gets 20,000 fans or more for their games.
“We have the support we need, franchises are being added, owners are being added, Naomi Osaka is one of our owners here at the club and that just goes to show the direction in which women’s football is going in America.
“It’s a very exciting time to play here, all the basics are in place, all the support networks to make sure we can inspire the next girl or boy to come through and do the same.
“And having Naomi Osaka as an owner is pretty cool.”