Midfielder Kelley O'Hara Added to U.S. Women's World Cup Roster
22-Year-Old Hermann Trophy Winner Replaces Lindsay Tarpley
CHICAGO (June 1, 2011) – Midfielder Kelley O’Hara has been named to the United States roster for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, replacing Lindsay Tarpley who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee on May 14 against Japan.
“Kelley has great energy, she is good in the air and brings youth to the team, which is a good thing,” said U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage. “She is a player who can take people on and hit good crosses, which will be important at the World Cup.”
The 22-year-old O’Hara won the 2009 Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s top player after her senior season at Stanford University. She finished her college career with 57 goals and 32 assists for 146 points, all school records. As a senior, she had one of the best seasons in Division I history, scoring 26 goals with 13 assists in leading Stanford to an undefeated and untied regular season and into the NCAA title game.
She has just five caps for the U.S. team, but has extensive experience with the U.S. youth National Teams, and was one of the USA’s top players at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia. She ended her U-20 international career as one of the USA’s all-time leading scorers at that level with 24 goals in 35 caps.
Currently in her second year in Women’s Professional Soccer, she helped FC Gold Pride to the WPS championship with six goals and four assists last year and has two goals for the Boston Breakers so far this season.
A speedy flank midfielder with a tenacious work rate, O’Hara has consistently been one of the USA’s fittest players, but struggled with injuries for the past few months. She is now fit and ready to play in her first Women’s World Cup at the senior level.
“You never want a teammate to get injured, but injuries are part of the sport and my heart goes out to Lindsay Tarpley,” said O’Hara. “Those are big shoes to fill because she is an awesome player and a great teammate, so I will play whatever role the coaches want me to play. After initially not making the team, it’s an amazing feeling to be back with these players and going to Germany.”
The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup will run from June 26-July 17 in nine German cities. The USA opens its tournament on June 28 against Korea DPR in Dresden, Germany (11:45 a.m. ET on ESPN). The final 21-player roster must be submitted to FIFA on June 10.
The U.S. women will play a final send-off match against fellow-World Cup qualifier Mexico on Sunday, June 5, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. Tickets starting at $22 are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-877-727-6223 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET only) and at the Red Bull Arena ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.