O'Hara likely to miss WPS title match with injury


It was a good news-bad news kind of situation for former Stanford All-American Kelley O'Hara to begin this week. The good news was that the FC Gold Pride rookie forward was named Player of the Week in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS).

The bad news, however, outweighed the honor. O'Hara on Monday discovered she suffered a partial tear of her right quadriceps during last Saturday's 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Independence to close the regular season.

The injury likely will keep O'Hara out of the Pride lineup for the WPS Championship game on Sept. 26 at Pioneer Stadium on the campus of Cal State East Bay in Hayward.

The recovery time for the injury is three to four weeks. O'Hara remains optimistic that she will attend preliminary training session(s) with the US Women's National Team at the end of the month.

O'Hara scored two goals and assisted another in the victory over Philadelphia as the Gold Pride completed its worst-to-first turnaround by improving its record to 16-3-5 and extending its 2 1/2-month unbeaten streak to 13 matches.

O'Hara, who won the MAC Hermann Trophy as college soccer's top player following her senior season at Stanford, gave the Pride a 40th-minute lead over Philadelphia, assisted Marta's league-best 19th goal a minute later, then netted her sixth goal of the season one minute after the Independence halved the advantage.

O'Hara is the third FC Gold Pride player to win the Player of the Week award this year, joining Marta, who was honored in Weeks 6, 9 and 12, and Christine Sinclair, who won in Week 14.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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