Forward Simone Charley was acquired by Angel City FC through a trade with the Portland Thorns on December 8, 2021, after appearing in 20 matches and tallying five goals for Portland in 2021. In the 2019–2020 season, she played for W-League team Canberra United in Australia, where she scored five goals in 11 games. In 2019, Charley was named to the U.S. U-23 Women's National Team roster for the Nordic Tournament and scored in a 2–0 win over Norway.
In 2018, after going undrafted in the NWSL College Draft, then-Portland coach Mark Parsons invited Charley to train with the team as an unrostered player. She spent 2018 training with the first team and earned a contract ahead of the 2019 season. She appeared in 11 games with six starts during her first season.
At Vanderbilt, Charley was named First Team All-SEC during her sophomore season, All-South Region First Team and Second Team All-SEC during her junior season, and Second Team All-Southeast Region along with Second Team All-SEC during her final season as a graduate student in 2017. As a freshman, Charley was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team, was the team’s top returning scorer with five goals and 15 points, and tied for the team high in assists with five. She was a dual-sport athlete in soccer and track and field.