- Kelley Maureen O’Hara, KO or KOH, majored in science, technology and society with a focus in environmental engineering at Stanford.
- Water is her favorite drink, but also loves “a nice cold brewski.”
- Says she can listen to one song on repeat for days.
- Likes being a middle child with older sister Erin and younger brother Jerry.
- Loves to cook and bake and would like to attend culinary school after she finishes playing.
- Aspires to one day be on the Food Network.
- Loves donuts and coffee, in particular cortados, that said, she endeavors to eat healthy, regularly indulging in green smoothies and is known to prepare magnificent salads.
At Home in the Bay
Kelley O’Hara was the kid who was afraid of sleepovers. But the self-described “home body” saw her world open up when she began playing with the U.S. Youth National Teams and began traveling the world. While she’d once thought of college – where you sleep in a room with a stranger – as the “worst idea in the whole world,” now she was going on recruiting trips to colleges across the country. Yet, she was still attached to home. When she boarded the plane to California for a trip to Stanford, she turned to her father with dread, “What if I like it?”
The kid who did not like sleeping even one mile from home ended up signing with a college on the other side of the country. At Stanford, she scored 57 goals, tallied 23 assists, and won the 2009 Hermann Trophy as the top collegiate soccer player in the country.
O’Hara was a lifelong forward, but when Ali Krieger tore her ACL in 2012, the National Team was short on outside backs, and head coach Pia Sundhage wondered what O’Hara thought about playing the position. Having learned how to step out of her comfort zone when she chose to attend Stanford, O’Hara stepped up to the challenge. On January 22, 2012, in Olympic Qualifying against Guatemala, she started her first game at left back, registering three assists. She went on to play every minute at outside back for the USA at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
First Appearance: March 28, 2010 vs. Mexico. First Goal: June 30, 2015 vs. Germany.
She featured extensively for the U.S. Youth National Teams before breaking into the full team in 2010. Despite playing forward for her entire college career, she switched to outside back in 2012 for the USA and became a starter and an important player in the team’s run to the Olympic gold medal. Has played outside back or flank midfield ever since.
2017: In her eighth year on the National Team, she became the 36th female player in U.S. history to earn 100 caps, playing in her 100th game and captaining the team on Sept. 15 against New Zealand in Commerce City, Colo.
2016: Played the second most minutes in a calendar year in her career, logging 1,467 while playing 22 matches and starting 16. Played in three matches at Olympic qualifying and started all four games at outside back in Brazil at her second Olympic tournament.
2015: A member of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup champions in her second World Cup, she didn’t play in the first four games of the tournament then stepped up huge, starting the quarterfinal against China PR (which was her first WWC start) and then made a major impact in coming off the bench in the semifinal and championship game. Her first career WNT goal was one to savor and one of the most memorable goals of the tournament as she tallied in the semifinal against Germany, volleying home a cross from Carli Lloyd in the 84th minute to clinch the 2-0 victory.
2014: Played in 12 games, starting four over 529 minutes.
2013: An ankle injury and subsequent surgery limited her to 561 minutes in just seven matches, but she started six.
2012: Had a breakout year while playing left back for the first time at any level, playing in 26 games and starting 25, more than tripling her cap total from the previous two years. Showed excellent attacking abilities down the flank and had five assists on the year, including one to Megan Rapinoe in the Olympic semifinal victory against Canada. One of three players to play every minute of all six matches at the Olympics. Played in three matches at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament in Canada, her first three career starts at outside back.
2011: Played in four matches, starting one, that coming against Canada in January at the Four Nations Tournament in China. Was an alternate on the Women’s World Cup Team but made the final squad due to an injury to Lindsay Tarpley and ended up playing in one game, coming on as a substitute in the USA’s final group match against Sweden.
2010: Earned her first three senior team caps, debuting against Mexico on March 28 in San Diego.
2009: Called in to train with the full U.S. Women’s National Team in December after a stellar senior season at Stanford.
2007: Earned first call-up to training camp with the full WNT in March.
Youth National Teams: Was a U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year finalist in 2008 and 2009. Ended her U-20 international career as one of the USA’s all-time leading scorers at that level with 24 goals (tied for second with Lindsey Horan) in 35 U-20 caps. Played in 12 international matches for the U-20s in 2008, scoring 10 goals, but was not selected for the World Cup team. Played in 29 matches for the U-20s in 2006 leading into the Women’s World Cup in Russia, scoring 18 goals, including two against the full U.S. Women’s National Team and a hat trick against the Finland U-20s. Played in four matches at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, scoring two goals, including a huge score in the quarterfinal victory against Germany. Played with U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team in 2005, leading the team in scoring with 10 goals.
On Dec. 29, 2017, she was traded to the newest NWSL club – Utah Royals F. Traded with midfielder Taylor Lytle and the No. 25 overall pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft for forward Shea Groom, defender Christina Gibbons and the No. 4 overall selection in the 2018 NWSL College Draft. O’Hara exited Sky Blue FC in New Jersey as the No. 2 all-time goal-scorer in club history with 15 goals over five seasons, while also holding a team record 18 assists.
2017: Playing at times in an attacking role for her club, she played 1,561 minutes in 18 games for Sky Blue FC, starting 17, and had four goals (two off penalty kicks) and three assists.
2016: Battled some injuries, but still played 1,033 minutes over 12 games for Sky Blue FC, starting 11 and scored one goal with two assists.
2015: Played 989 minutes in 11 games for Sky Blue FC due to WNT commitments, but started them all in an attacking role, scoring three goals with five assists.
2014: Started all 22 games in which she played for Sky Blue FC, totaling 1,917 minutes which was third on the team. Playing on the flank or at forward, she scored seven goals with five assists and was the leading scorer on the team.
2013: Allocated to Sky Blue FC for the 2013 NWSL season and played 924 minutes in 12 games, starting 10, before an ankle injury ended her season.
2012: Signed with her home state Atlanta Beat for the 2012 Women’s Professional Soccer season before the league folded.
2011: Signed with the Boston Breakers for the 2011 WPS season after FC Gold Pride ceased operations. Played 1,049 minutes for the Breakers, second-most WPS minutes for any WNT player, while playing in 13 matches and starting 11.
2010: The first-round pick and third overall player taken by FC Gold Pride in the 2010 WPS Draft. In 2010, she was one of the top rookies in the league, playing in 18 games while starting 16 and scored six goals with four assists. Suffered a quad injury toward the end of the season that kept her from starting the WPS championship game, but came off the bench and played 24 minutes as Gold Pride won the championship, adding that trophy to the regular season title.
Youth Club: Started with the Peachtree City Lazers in U-10 until U-12s, when she switched to the Lightning Soccer Club. Moved back to the Lazers for U-17s where she finished her youth career. Won Georgia state titles at U-13, U-14, U-15 and U-17 levels. Won Regionals at U-14s and advanced to nationals, where they placed third.
College: Named to the Starting XI for the Pac-12 All-Century Team in 2015. Finished her college career with 57 goals and 32 assists for 146 points, all Stanford records. As a senior in 2009, she had one of the best seasons in Division I history, scoring 26 goals and tallying 13 assists, leading Stanford to an undefeated and untied regular season and into the NCAA title game. In 2009, she became the first Stanford player to win the Hermann Trophy. She was the first Stanford player to be a finalist for the award since Julie Foudy in 1991. She led Stanford to its best season to date at 25-1-0 and to the only undefeated regular season in Pac-10 history.