FC Gold Pride Forward Kelley O'Hara Named WPS Player of the Week
Rookie forward Kelley O'Hara is Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) Player of the Week for Week 22 after leading Regular Season Champion FC Gold Pride to victory in its final game before the 2010 WPS Playoffs presented by MedImmune.
O'Hara scored two goals and assisted another in an emphatic 4-1 triumph Saturday over the Philadelphia Independence as the team from the San Francisco-Bay Area completed its worst-to-first turnaround by improving its record to 16-3-5 and extending its 2½-month unbeaten streak to 13 games.
FC Gold Pride will be home, at Pioneer Stadium on the campus of Cal State-East Bay in Hayward, for the Sept. 26 WPS Championship presented by Citi. Philadelphia and Washington meet in the postseason's first round Sunday, and the winner plays at Boston in next week's Super Semifinal. The survivor will be the Pride's foe in the final.
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.
The game's star left the match in the 55th minute on Saturday with pain in her right quad. FC Gold Pride medical staff has assessed her injury as a partial tear of the right quadriceps. The injury will likely keep her out of the Pride lineup for the WPS Championship game. 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 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.
The WPS Player of Week is selected by a panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters.
Week 1: Eniola Aluko (Saint Louis Athletica)
Week 2: Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)
Week 3: Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence)
Week 4: Sonia Bompastor (Washington Freedom)
Week 5: Karen Bardsley (Sky Blue FC)
Week 6: Marta (FC Gold Pride)
Week 7: Kosovare Asllani (Chicago Red Stars)
Week 8: Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence)
Week 9: Marta (FC Gold Pride)
Week 10: Danesha Adams (Philadelphia Independence)
Week 11: Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence)
Week 12: Marta (FC Gold Pride)
Week 13: Ella Masar (Chicago Red Stars)
Week 14: Christine Sinclair (FC Gold Pride)
Week 15: Caroline Seger (Philadelphia Independence)
Week 16: Hope Solo (Atlanta Beat)
Week 17: Kelly Smith (Boston Breakers)
Week 18: Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence)
Week 19: Eniola Aluko (Atlanta Beat)
Week 20: Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)
Week 21: Veronica Boquete (Chicago Red Stars)
Week 22: Kelley O'Hara (FC Gold Pride)
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