- HometownFayetteville, Georgia.
Date of Birth: 8/4/1988
College: Stanford University
How Acquired: U.S. WNT Allocation (2013)
A native of Fayetteville, Georgia, Kelley O’Hara is entering her fifth season with Sky Blue FC and has played every NWSL season with the New Jersey side.
A mainstay with the U.S. Women’s National Team, O’Hara made her first appearance for the senior team against Mexico on March 28, 2010, after competing at various levels of the U.S. youth program over the preceding five years. She is now approaching her 100th cap and has registered a pair of goals, despite mostly playing as a defender. She was a member of the U.S. WNT when it finished second overall in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup before winning the Olympic gold medal the following summer in London. Three years later, O’Hara and the U.S. WNT hoisted the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship, where she recorded her first international goal on the largest stage of the game by hitting a game-sealing finisher against Germany in the semifinals.
Collegiately, O’Hara excelled at Stanford University. During her junior campaign, she led the Cardinal to its first NCAA College Cup appearance since 1993, where it defeated defending national champion Portland before falling to Notre Dame in the semifinals. The following year, O’Hara had one of the greatest seasons in NCAA history, recording 26 goals and adding 13 assists. Needless to say, she won the MAC Hermann Trophy that year, which is awarded the top player in college soccer. Stanford also advanced to the NCAA College Cup Championship, where it fell to North Carolina, 1-0.
For her college career, O’Hara recorded 57 goals and 32 assists, both of which were program records upon her graduation.
Professionally, O’Hara was the no. 3 overall selection of FC Gold Pride in the 2010 Women’s Professional Soccer College Draft. Widely acknowledged as the great professional club in women’s soccer history that season, FC Gold Pride easily won the 2010 WPS Championship by defeating the Philadelphia Independence, 4-0. After FC Gold Pride ceased operations in November of that year, O’Hara played for the Boston Breakers during the 2011 WPS season.
Upon the launch of the National Women’s Soccer League in 2013, O’Hara was allocated to Sky Blue FC by the U.S. WNT. Over four seasons with the New Jersey side, she has scored 11 goals and added 15 assists despite playing primarily as a defender, making 54 starts over 57 appearances.