Houston Dash forward Kealia Ohai, who tied for the most goals in the NWSL with 11 in 2016, was lost for the rest of the 2017 season.
She suffered an ACL sprain and medial meniscus
tear in her left knee in the second half of the 2-0 win at Orlando, the first under interim head coach Omar Morales.
“I’m devastated by the news," said Ohai, "but also excited for this challenge."
Ohai, the final remaining member of the original Dash squad from 2014, scored two goals and tallied two assists in 10 starts this season.
“The injury to Kealia is a big hit to the
team, not only on the field but off the field due to the leader that she is," said Morales. "With her being the captain, you are losing a big piece of your team."
The win at Orlando
snapped a six-game losing streak and featured Carli Lloyd's first goal of the season.
DATEBOOK. The Dash will be in action against Boston on Wednesday in a BBVA Compass Stadium
doubleheader that opens with the Dynamo against Sporting Kansas City in the U.S. Open Cup.
All but first-place North Carolina and Washington will be in action on Wednesday. The slate of
other games: Sky Blue FC-Orlando, Portland-Sky Blue FC and Seattle-Chicago.
NWSL, Week 10 Results SATURDAY,
JUNE 24 Boston 0 North Carolina 1 (Hatch 44). Att.: 3,209. Orlando 0 Houston 2 (Lloyd 45+4, Daly 62) Att.: 5,497. Seattle 1
(Kawasumi 58) FC Kansas City 1 (Ratcliffe 16). Att.: 3,919. Washington 1 (Ordega 19) Portland 0. Att.: 4,319. SUNDAY, JUNE 25 Chicago 2 (DiBernardo 63, Huerta 67) Sky Blue FC 1 (Tiernan 43). Att.: 3,720.
Standings: 1. North Carolina 24 points; 2. Chicago 20; 3. Sky Blue FC 16; 4. Portland 15; 5. Seattle 14; 6. FC
Kansas City 13 7. Orlando 12. 8. Washington 11. 9. Houston 9. 10. Boston 8.
Leading Scorers: G PLAYER (TEAM) 5 Marta (Orlando) 5 Sarah Killion (Sky Blue FC) 5 Megan Rapinoe (Seattle) 4 Samantha
Kerr (Sky Blue) 4 Christen Press (Chicago) 4 Nadia Nadim (Portland) 4 Francisca Ordega (Washington)