Gotham FC was able to make a huge splash in signing the U.S. Women’s National Team defender, two-time FIFA World Cup Champion, Olympic gold medalist and NWSL Champ Kelly O’Hara to their club. O’Hara and Gotham FC agreed to a two-year contract through the 2024 NWSL season.
“I’m beyond excited to enter the next chapter of my playing career with Gotham FC,” said O’Hara. “The team culture, the city, the people — there’s so much to look forward to with a team like this. I can’t wait to get started. I’m so excited to be back in NYC/NJ!”
This will be O’Hara’s 13th season in the NWSL, and the defender will have a chance to return to the NJ-NY area where she is a fan favorite. Kelly thus far has been able to score 15 goals in 75 matches with Gotham FC during the 2013-2017 seasons.
During her time with the U.S. Women’s National Team, O’Hara has been able to win two FIFA World Cups (2015, 2019), an Olympic Gold Medal (2012) and an Olympic Bronze Medal (2021). In the 2019 season, she was named to the FIFPro World Best XI, along with her 156 appearances with the USWNT, O’Hara was able to score three goals and added 21 assists.
O’Hara is a standout in the world of soccer having played with NWSL Rivals the Washington Spirit in addition to shining in her college career at Stanford University. In her time in the College ranks O’Hara was awarded the MAC Hermann Trophy as the top player in College Soccer, after scoring 26 goals.
“Kelley is a world-class player and champion with an unmatched competitive spirit who will help drive our culture forward,” said Yael Averbuch West, the General Manager and Head of Soccer Operations of Gotham FC. “Welcoming a player of Kelley’s caliber and stature via free agency makes this a very exciting day for Gotham FC and our fans.”
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