• Sophia Hosford

USWNT star Kelley O'Hara acquired by the Spirit

Updated: Dec 3, 2020

Per Steven Goff of the Washington Post, Kelley O’Hara has been traded to the Spirit in a a trade with Utah Royals FC. Per Washingtonspirit.com, "Utah receives $75,000 in allocation money plus additional consideration contingent on the number of NWSL regular season matches O’Hara plays for the Spirit in 2021".

O’Hara, a 32 year old Stanford graduate will be a strong addition to a young Spirit side. With veteran leadership and creativity on the ball, O’Hara will add another layer to the Spirit’s defense and attack. A versatile player, O’Hara is effective all over the pitch, pressing forward on the wings while also making crunching defensive tackles.

Though injury and USWNT responsibilities resulted in few minutes played in Utah, O’Hara has proven herself as a vital addition on the world stage and within the NWSL. Through an illustrious career, O’Hara has scored two goals for the USWNT in 132 appearances including a critical deciding goal against Germany in the 2015 Women's World Cup.

During her time collegiately at Stanford, O’Hara played as a striker, breaking goal scoring records and accumulating accolades. As she transitioned on to the USWNT and into the NWSL, O’Hara’s role transitioned to defender and she became a mainstay on the team, winning multiple World Cup's and an Olympic Gold Medal.

Before Utah, O'Hara was a standout at Sky Blue FC, spending five seasons in New Jersey scoring 15 goals in 75 appearances. Now, O'Hara is set to join the Spirit family.

According to Washingtonspirit.com, O’Hara said that she is "ecstatic to join the Washington Spirit". The Georgia native told Washingtonspirit.com that it has it has "always been a dream of mine to be able to play in the city I call home. This is a young and exciting team with lots of potential and I am looking forward to providing veteran experience to the squad. I can’t wait to get to work on the field with the team and Richie, and to be able to make an impact off the field in the community. I want to bring a championship to Spirit fans and the District, and make soccer this city’s favorite sport.”

We can't wait to see O'Hara on the pitch in a Spirit uniform next season!


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