Kelley Maureen O'Hara (born August 4, 1988) is an American soccer player who is a FIFA Women's World Cup champion and Olympic soccer gold medalist. She plays as a wingback and midfielder for the United States women's national soccer team, and a forward and right defender for the National Women's Soccer League club Utah Royals FC. As a forward for the Stanford women's soccer team, she was the recipient of the 2009 Hermann Trophy. She majored in science, technology and society with a focus in environmental engineering.
In the history of the United States under-20 team, 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 the 2011 and 2015 FIFA Women's World Cups, and was one of three players for the U.S. that played every minute in the 2012 Olympics women's football tournament.
|Full name||Kelley Maureen O'Hara|
|Date of birth||August 4, 1988|
|Place of birth||Fayetteville, Georgia, United States|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Utah Royals FC|
|1997–1999||Peachtree City Lazers|
|2000–2001||Lightning Soccer Club|
|2002–2006||Starr's Mill High School|
|2007–2008||Concorde Fire Soccer Club|
|2010||FC Gold Pride||18||(6)|
|2013–2017||Sky Blue FC||75||(15)|
|2004||United States U-16|
|2005||United States U-17||(10)|
|2006–2008||United States U-20||35||(24)|
|2007||United States U-21||1||(1)|
|2009||United States U-23||1|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 5, 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of July 7, 2019
Kelley O'Hara was born in Fayetteville, Georgia to parents, Dan and Karen O'Hara. She has a brother named Jerry and a sister named Erin. O'Hara has Irish heritage. O'Hara grew up in Peachtree City, Georgia and graduated from Starr's Mill High School in Fayette County where she played four years on the varsity soccer team and captained the team 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.
O'Hara played on the Concorde Fire South '88 Elite that went on to win the 2007 GA U19G State Cup and advance to the Semi Finals of Regionals.
A two-time Parade All-American coming into her freshman year at Stanford University, O'Hara led the Cardinal 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. The Cardinal would fall in the semi-final, 0–1, to Notre Dame.
As a senior, she had one of the best seasons in Division I history, scoring 26 goals with 13 assists. O'Hara's senior year ended in the 2009 College Cup, where the Cardinal 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. She finished her stellar college career at Stanford with 57 goals and 32 assists, both school records at the time.
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.
The team dominated the season finishing first during the regular season after defeating the Philadelphia Independence 4–1 with goals from O'Hara, Christine Sinclair and Marta. As the regular season champion, the team earned a direct route to the championship playoff game where they faced the Philadelphia Independence. During the final, FC Gold Pride defeated the Independence 4–0 to clinch the WPS Championship. Despite their successful season, the club ceased operations on November 16, 2010, due to not meeting the league's financial reserve requirement.
After FC Gold Pride folded in November 2010, O'Hara was signed by the Boston Breakers. She scored 10 goals during her two seasons in the WPS playing primarily as an outside midfielder. On January 5, 2012, it was announced O'Hara would be going back to her hometown because she had signed with the Atlanta Beat. However, the league folded just before the 2012 season began.
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).
Over her career at Sky Blue, O'Hara has been played in several roles including forward, winger, right-back, and central midfielder.
O'Hara represented the United States in various youth national teams from 2005 through 2010. She scored 24 goals in her 35 under-20 caps, the third-most ever for a U.S. player in the U-20 age group. 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.
O'Hara rejoined the U-20 national team at the 2007 Pan American Games. She scored four goals in the women's football tournament, against Paraguay, Panama, and Mexico. 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-20 team occurred in July 2008, at the 2008 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship in Puebla, Mexico. 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.
After falling short of making the 21 player World Cup roster, O'Hara was called up to replace Lindsay Tarpley who tore her ACL in a send-off match against Japan on May 14, 2011. O'Hara earned just one cap at right midfield in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in the final group stage game against Sweden. The United States went on to win the silver medal in that tournament.
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 was converted to play outside back in 2012 after teammate Ali Krieger went down with an ACL injury in the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Against Guatemala on January 22, 2012, in the Olympic Qualifiers, she made her first start at left back and registered three assists. O'Hara made her first start at right back against Costa Rica in the match that qualified the United States for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
She is one of three players on the national team that played every minute for the United States in the Olympic Games. Coincidentally, the other two team members, goalkeeper Hope Solo, and captain Christie Rampone have almost exactly the same statistics; playing all 570 minutes in all six matches and O'Hara and Solo each served one assist.
In the United States' first four games of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, O'Hara did not see any playing time. O'Hara made her first start of the tournament in the quarter-final game against China PR. She was replaced by Christen Press in the 61st minute. O'Hara scored her first career international goal in the United States' 2–0 victory over Germany in the semi-final. In the final against Japan, O'Hara entered the game in the 61st minute to replace Megan Rapinoe. The United States went on to defeat Japan 5–2, winning the first World Cup title since 1999 and the third overall World Cup title for the United States since the inaugural Women's World Cup in 1991.
O'Hara has appeared in multiple commercials and advertisements for Under Armour. In 2015, she appeared in television commercials and promotional materials promoting chocolate milk on behalf of the National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board.
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|Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)|
|Location||Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred|
Sorted by country name first, then by city name
|Lineup||Start – played entire match|
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time
|Min||The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.|
|Assist/pass||The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.|
|penalty or pk||Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)|
|Score||The match score after the goal was scored.|
Sorted by goal difference, then by goal scored by the player's team
|Result||The final score.|
Sorted by goal difference in the match, then by goal difference in penalty-shoot-out if it is taken, followed by goal scored by the player's team in the match, then by goal scored in the penalty-shoot-out. For matches with identical final scores, match ending in extra-time without penalty-shoot-out is a tougher match, therefore precede matches that ended in regulation
|aet||The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation|
|pso||Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time|
|Light-orange background color – Olympic women's football qualification match|
|Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament|
NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player
|1||2015-06-30[m 1]||Montreal||Germany||84||Carli Lloyd||
|World Cup: semifinal|
|2||2016-02-15[m 2]||Frisco||Puerto Rico||Start||45||Stephanie McCaffrey||
|Olympic qualifier: Group A|
|2011 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|2011-07-06||Wolfsburg, Germany||Sweden||1–2 L||Group stage|
|2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament|
|2012-07-25||Glasgow, Scotland||France||Start||4–2 W||Group stage|
|2012-07-28||Colombia||Start||3–0 W||Group stage|
|2012-07-31||Manchester, England||North Korea||Start||1–0 W||Group stage|
|2012-08-03||Newcastle, England||New Zealand||Start||2–0 W||Quarter-final|
|2012-08-06||Manchester, England||Canada||Start||4–3 W||Semi-final|
|2012-08-09||London, England||Japan||Start||2–1 W||Gold medal match|
|2015 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|2015-06-26||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada||China PR||1–0 W||Quarter-final|
|2015-06-30||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Germany||2–0 W||Semi-final|
|2015-07-05||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||Japan||5–2 W||Final|
|2016 Women's Olympic Football Tournament|
|2016-08-03||Belo Horizonte, Brazil||New Zealand||Start||2–0 W||Group stage|
|2016-08-06||France||Start||1–0 W||Group stage|
|2016-08-09||Manaus, Brazil||Colombia||Start||2–2 D||Group stage|
|2016-08-12||Brasília, Brazil||Sweden||1–1 (pso 4–3) (L)||Quarter-final|
|2019 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|2019-06-11||Reims, France||Thailand||Start||13–0 W||Group stage|
|2019-06-20||Le Havre, France||Sweden||Start||2–0 W||Group stage|
|2019-06-24||Reims, France||Spain||Start||2–1 W||Round of 16|
|2019-06-28||Paris, France||France||Start||2–1 W||Quarter-final|
|2019-07-02||Décines-Charpieu, France||England||2–1 W||Semi-final|
Utah Royals FC – current squad
United States squads