The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced on April 6 the official list of U.S. Women’s National Team allocated players for the 2017. Kelley O’Hara is one of 22 athletes that will be participating as federation players in the upcoming NWSL season.
In addition to returning federation players, there will be four newly allocated USWNT players that will be among the ten clubs: Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars) and Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage).
O’Hara has once again been allocated to Sky Blue FC for her fifth season. She has been a member of the New Jersey club since the NWSL’s inception, playing various roles throughout her tenure.
The Fayetteville, Georgia native is extremely versatile and a key contributor to the club’s success. O’Hara helped SBFC reach the NWSL semi-finals during the 2013 season, but the NJ side was eliminated by the Western New York Flash (now known as the North Carolina Courage).
After finishing in seventh place last season – which is higher than what many media members predicted before the start of the 2016 campaign – Sky Blue FC strives to return to the playoffs for the first time since the inaugural NWSL season.
The following is a club-by-club list of U.S. federation players for the 2017 NWSL season:
Boston Breakers: Rose Lavelle*
Chicago Red Stars: Julie (Johnston) Ertz, Alyssa Naeher, Christen Press and Casey Short*
Houston Dash: Morgan Brian and Carli Lloyd
FC Kansas City: Sydney Leroux, Amy Rodriguez and Becky Sauerbrunn
North Carolina Courage: Samantha Mewis and Lynn Williams*
Orlando Pride: Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger and Alex Morgan
Portland Thorns FC: Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Meghan Klingenberg, Allie Long* and Emily Sonnett
Seattle Reign FC: Megan Rapinoe
Sky Blue FC: Kelley O’Hara
Washington Spirit: None
* = New federation player in 2017