June 1, 2011
O'Hara replaces Tarpley on WWC team
CHICAGO---Boston Breakers midfielder Kelley O’Hara was on Wednesday named to the U.S. roster for the Women’s World Cup in Germany later this month.
|Boston Breakers midfielder Kelley O’Hara has been added to the U.S. Women's World Cup team roster
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She replaced Lindsay Tarpley who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee against Japan on May 14.
“Kelley has great energy, she is good in the air and brings youth to the team, which is a good thing,” U.S. coach Pia Sundhage said in a statement. “She is a player who can take people on and hit good crosses, which will be important at the World Cup.”
Known as a fast flank midfielder with a tenacious work rate, O’Hara consistently has been one of the Americans' fittest players, but struggled with injuries for the past few months.
O'Hara has made five appearances for the full U.S. team.
In her second Women's Professional Soccer season, O'Hara helped the defunct FC Gold Pride to the league championship last year with six goals and four assists. She has two goals for the Breakers this season.
“You never want a teammate to get injured, but injuries are part of the sport and my heart goes out to Lindsay Tarpley,” O’Hara said. “Those are big shoes to fill because she is an awesome player and a great teammate, so I will play whatever role the coaches want me to play. After initially not making the team, it’s an amazing feeling to be back with these players and going to Germany.”