Kelley O’Hara, who started at right back for the USA on its 2019 World Cup championship team, has been traded from the Utah Royals to the Washington Spirit.
In the NWSL trade, Utah receives $75,000 in allocation money plus additional consideration contingent on the number of NWSL regular-season matches O'Hara plays for the Spirit in 2021.
O'Hara, 32, has played in all eight NWSL seasons, the first five with Sky Blue FC and the last three with the Royals. After starring at Stanford, where she won the 2009 Hermann Trophy, O'Hara played two seasons in WPS and won the 2010 league title with FC Gold Pride.
“I am ecstatic to join the Washington Spirit," she said. "It has always been a dream of mine to be able to play in the city I call home. This is a young and exciting team with lots of potential and I am looking forward to providing veteran experience to the squad.”
O'Hara was the only remaining U.S. Allocation Player on the Royals. Becky Sauerbrunn was traded to Portland in February, and Christen Press signed with Manchester United in September and had her NWSL rights picked up by Racing Louisville in the Expansion Draft. Nicole Barnhart and Amy Rodriguez are former U.S. Allocation Players.
Utah's two Canadian Allocation Players are Diana Matheson and Desiree Scott.
The future of the Royals is up in the air following the decision of owner Dell Loy Hansen to sell his soccer holdings that include Real Salt Lake in MLS, the Real Monarchs in the USL Championship as well as the Royals, who joined the NWSL in 2018.
Goalkeepers (2): Nicole Barnhart, Abby Smith.
Defenders (9): Elizabeth Ball, Katie Bowen, Rachel Corsie, Kate Del Fava, Taylor Leach, Michelle Maemone, Maddie Nolf, Gaby Vincent, Mallory Weber.
Midfielders (6): Vero Boquete, Gunny Jónsdóttir, Lo’eau LaBonta, Taylor Lytle, Diana Matheson, Desiree Scott.
Forwards (6): Tziarra King, Brittany Ratcliffe, Amy Rodriguez, Arielle Ship, Raisa Strom-Okimoto, Michele Vasconcelos.