Kelley O'Hara

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Kelley O'Hara
Kelley OHara Warmup.jpg
Personal information
Full name Kelley Maureen O'Hara
Date of birth (1988-08-04) August 4, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Fayetteville, Georgia, United States[1]
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Playing position Winger/ Wingback
Club information
Current team
Sky Blue FC
Number 19
Youth career
1997–1999 Peachtree City Lazers
2000–2001 Lightning Soccer Club
2002–2006 Starr's Mill High School
2006–2009 Stanford Cardinal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 Pali Blues 6 (4)
2010 FC Gold Pride 18 (6)
2011 Boston Breakers 13 (4)
2013– Sky Blue FC 34 (7)
National team
2005 United States U-17 (10)
2006–2008 United States U-20 35 (24)
2009 United States U-23
2010– United States 50 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 31, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 25, 2014

Kelley Maureen O'Hara (born August 4, 1988) is an American Olympic soccer gold medalist who plays as a wingback for the United States Women's National Soccer Team and a forward for the National Women's Soccer League club Sky Blue FC. As a forward for the Stanford women's soccer team, she was the recipient of the 2009 Hermann Trophy. In the U.S. Under-20 teams, she is tied as the all-time third leading scorer and is sixth in number of caps played. At the senior level, she competed in 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, and one of three players for the U.S. that played every minute in the 2012 Olympics women's football tournament.

Early life[edit]

O'Hara was born in Fayetteville, Georgia to parents, Dan and Karen O'Hara.[2][3] She has a brother named Jerry and sister named Erin.[4]

She grew up in Fayetteville, Georgia and graduated from Starr's Mill High School in Fayette County. She played four years on the varsity soccer team and was the team captain during her junior and senior years. O'Hara helped lead the Panthers to the 5A state title in 2006 with 20 goals and 16 assists. The team finished second in the state championships during her sophomore year. O'Hara was named Parade All-American as a junior and a senior and All-League, All-County and All-State all four years. In 2006, she was named the 2006 Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) Player of the Year and Gatorade Georgia State Player of the Year. She was also named NSCAA All-American.[5]

O'Hara played for club teams, the Peachtree City Lazers and, based out of Fayetteville, AFC Lightning, before joining the U-17 youth women's national team.[6]

Stanford University[edit]

A two-time Parade All-American coming into her freshman year at Stanford University, O'Hara led the Cardinals in scoring in 2006 with nine goals. She repeated that feat during her sophomore year, helping the Cardinal to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

During O'Hara's junior year, Stanford advanced to the College Cup for the first time since 1993, defeating 2005 national champion Portland, 1–0.[7] The Cardinal would fall in the semifinal, 0–1, to Notre Dame.[8]

As a senior, she had one of the best seasons in Division I history, scoring 26 goals with 13 assists.[9] O'Hara's senior year ended in the 2009 College Cup, where the Cardinals lost to North Carolina. O'Hara received two yellow cards in the second half, ejecting her from the game, forcing the Cardinal to finish the game a woman down. The game ended with a score of 1–0, thus marking North Carolina's twentieth National Championship.[10] She finished her stellar college career at Stanford with 57 goals and 32 assists, both school records at the time.[9]

O'Hara was awarded the 2009 Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s top player, selected ahead of her fellow Olympic gold medalist USWNT teammates Lauren Cheney and Tobin Heath.[11] She had been on the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list for three consecutive seasons.

Club career[edit]

Prior to graduating from Stanford, O'Hara played for the Pali Blues of the USL W-League (semi-pro) in the summer of 2009, scoring four goals during her tenure with the club.

Women's Professional Soccer[edit]

O'Hara was drafted third overall by FC Gold Pride at the 2010 WPS Draft. In addition to the close proximity of home stadium Pioneer Stadium to O'Hara's alma mater Stanford University, O'Hara had previously worked with FC Gold Pride head coach Albertin Montoya when he served as an assistant coach at Stanford University in 2008.[12]

After FC Gold Pride folded in November 2010, O'Hara was signed by the Boston Breakers.[13] She scored 10 goals during her two seasons in WPS, an excellent number considering she played mostly outside midfield.[9]

On January 5, 2012, it was announced O'Hara would be going back to her hometown because she had signed with the Atlanta Beat.[14] However, the WPS folded just before the 2012 season began.[15]

National Women's Soccer League[edit]

On January 11, 2013 O'Hara joined Sky Blue FC in the new National Women's Soccer League. Because the club’s head coach, Jim Gabarra, intends to play O'Hara as a forward, the converted U.S. WNT outside back reverts to a role she filled with success in college (26 goals and 65 points in her senior season at Stanford, earning her the MAC Hermann Trophy).[16][17]

International Career[edit]

She competed on behalf of the United States in various youth teams from 2005 through 2010.[5] O’Hara scored 24 goals in 35 Under-20 caps, the third-most ever for a U.S. player in the U-20 age group.[9] She was a member of the fourth-place United States U-20 women's national soccer team that competed in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship in Russia. O'Hara scored two goals in the tournament: one against the Congo (for which game she was named FIFA's player of the match) and one against Germany. She was also the first player in the tournament to be ejected from a game, having picked up two yellow cards in the game against Argentina.[18]

O'Hara would rejoin the U-20s at the 2007 Pan American Games. She scored four goals in the women's football tournament, against Paraguay, Panama, and Mexico.[19] The United States, which only sent their U-20 women to the tournament, would fall in the final game, 0–5, to a full-strength Brazilian senior team featuring Brazilian powerhouse, Marta.

In February 2008, O'Hara returned to the U-20 women's national team to play in the U-20 Four Nations Tournament in Chile. Her last appearance for the U-20s would be in July 2008, at the 2008 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship in Puebla, Mexico.[20] O'Hara helped the U-20 team qualify for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Chile. She did not play in the U-20 World Cup, instead remaining with her college team in its NCAA postseason campaign.

She was called into the senior national team's training camp in December 2009 and attended the January 2010 training camp in the lead-up to the 2010 Algarve Cup. O'Hara earned her first senior national team cap in March 2010, coming in as a substitute during a friendly match against Mexico.

O'Hara competed at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. O'Hara earned just one cap at right mid in the 2011 world cup in the final group stage game against Sweden. The USWNT went on to win the silver medal in that tournament. She also competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Throughout her national U-20s, collegiate, and club career, O’Hara has been one of the top young offensive players in the United States, but, under head coach Pia Sundhage, O'hara has converted to play outside back in 2012 after her teammate Ali Krieger went down with an ACL Injury earlier in the Olympic Qualifying run. Against Guatemala on Jan. 22, 2012, in the Olympic Qualifiers, she started her first-ever game at left back and registered three assists.[9] She then got her first-ever start at right back against Costa Rica in the match that qualified the USWNT for London in the 2012 Olympic Games.[9]

She is one of 3 players on the USA team that played every minute that the US team played in the Olympic Games. Coincidentally, the other 2 team members, goalkeeper Hope Solo, and captain Christie Rampone have exactly the same statistics; playing all 570 minutes in all 6 matches and each made 1 assist.[21]

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

FC Gold Pride

International[edit]

Individual[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kelley O'Hara Bio". gostanford.com. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kelley O'Hara Player Profile". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Olympic ties to North Hills". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 5 August 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kelley O'Hara player profile". Stanford University. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Kelley O'hara". U.S.Soccer. 
  6. ^ "Fayetteville's O'Hara in town for all-star game". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  7. ^ Stanford Reaches The 2008 College Cup With 1–0 Victory Over Portland In NCAA Quarterfinal, Stanford University Official Athletics Site.
  8. ^ Stanford Falls To Notre Dame 1–0 In College Cup Semifinal, Stanford University Official Athletics Site.
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Kelley O'Hara Goes Back to Attack". U.S. Soccer. 28 February 2012. 
  10. ^ North Carolina Claims Second Straight Title With Win Over Undefeated Stanford, NCAA Championship Website.
  11. ^ O'Hara, Bunbury win Hermann as top soccer players, USA Today.
  12. ^ O'Hara is Pride's top selection at WPS Draft, FC Gold Pride Official Website.
  13. ^ Breakers sign forwards O'Hara, Washington, The Sports Network, December 13, 2010.
  14. ^ http://www.womensprosoccer.com/atlanta/news/press_releases/120105-ohara
  15. ^ [ESPN]http://espn.go.com/espnw/more-sports/7520830/suspended-wps-season-brings-uncertainty
  16. ^ Caitlin Murray (April 9, 2013). "Q&A Time with Sky Blue FC’s Head Coach Jim Gabarra". NWSLNews.com. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  17. ^ Jeff Kassouf (April 12, 2013). "2013 NWSL team preview Sky Blue FC". NBC ProSoccerTalk. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  18. ^ New record for Germany as USA and France advance, FIFA.com.
  19. ^ Kelley O'Hara and the U.S. U-20 National Team Falls to Brazil 5–0 in Pan Am Games Championship, Stanford University Athletics Site.
  20. ^ Noyola and O'Hara Head To Park City For CONCACAF Qualifying, Stanford University Athletics Site.
  21. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament London 2012: USA – Statistics". FIFA.com. 

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