Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

Two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist Kelley O’Hara announced via Just Women’s Sports (JWS) video series Kelley on the Street that she will be retiring from professional football following the conclusion of the 2024 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season.

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In addition to her global accolades, O’Hara will leave the game a two-time NWSL Champion (2021, 2023) and a WPS Champion (2010).

O’Hara is one of only 12 players in United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) history to be rostered for four World Cups: 2011, 2015, 2019, and 2023.

She played in every minute of the United States (US’s) 2012 Olympic gold medal run, scored the game-sealing goal off the bench in the team’s 2015 World Cup semifinal, and played in every knockout game of the USWNT’s 2019 World Cup victory.

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She also earned a bronze medal as a member of the USWNT's Tokyo Olympics squad.

O’Hara earned two late-career NWSL championship titles, first with the Washington Spirit in 2021 and again with Gotham FC in 2023.


After years spent with Sky Blue FC (2013-17) and the Utah Royals (2018-20), O’Hara added a veteran presence to a young, talented Spirit squad.

Her overtime goal in the 2021 title game against the Chicago Red Stars earned Washington their first-ever championship.

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She also featured in 14 regular season matches for Gotham FC in 2023, before the team surged in the playoffs to win their inaugural NWSL title over the Seattle Reign.

O’Hara was part of a USWNT generation that made great strides off the field as well as on.

In 2022, the US ratified a historic CBA with U.S. Soccer, protecting the team’s right to equal pay after a lengthy campaign fueled by USWNT members.

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