Royals swing deal for Kelley O'Hara

The new Utah Royals pulled their first trade in the NWSL and it was a big one, acquiring U.S. national team veteran Kelley O’Hara from Sky Blue FC.

The Royals also received Taylor Lytle and the 25th overall pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft in exchange for Shea Groom, Christina Gibbons and the fourth overall pick in the College Draft.

The 29-year-old O'Hara, who won the WPS title with FC Gold Pride  in her rookie pro season, has played all five NWSL seasons in New Jersey, where she scored 15 goals in 75 games. She played for the USA on its 2012 Olympic gold-medal team and 2015 Women's World Cup championship team.

“I am excited to start a new adventure playing for an organization that is invested in building a championship club within the NWSL,” said O’Hara, who has 102 caps for the USA. “In my time with the USWNT, playing in Salt Lake has always been a top-notch experience with amazing facilities and a dedicated fan base. I grew up coming to Utah as a kid and I'm looking forward to calling the mountains home.”

Utah acquired Groom, Gibbons and all other players and player rights after FC Kansas City folded.
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