Kealia Ohai
Personal information
Full nameKealia Mae Ohai
Date of birth (1992-01-31) January 31, 1992 (age 26)
Place of birthDraper, Utah
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Playing positionMidfielder/ Forward
Club information
Current clubHouston Dash
Youth career
2000-2010Avalanche Soccer Club
2006-2010Alta High School
2010-2013North Carolina
Senior career*
2014-Houston Dash0(0)
National team
2010United States U-17
2009-2012United States U-2024(8)
2013-United States U-232(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 January 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 January 2014

Kealia Ohai (born January 31, 1992) is an American soccer player. She plays for the Houston Dash and is a member of the United States U-23 women's national soccer team. She scored the single winning goal in the final match of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup; the only goal Germany conceded in the entire tournament.

Early LifeEdit

Kealia (pronounced Kay-LEE-uh) was born and raised in Draper, Utah. Her parents are Ben and Cindy Ohai. She has a sister, Megan, a former youth national team member who played soccer at USC where she won the 2007 NCAA championship.[1] Her father, who was born in Hawaii, named her after Kealia Beach on the island of Kauai.[2]

Ohai, who graduated from Alta High School on 6 June 2010, was a four year varsity soccer player. She led the team to four straight state soccer championships from 2006-2009. She was a two-time Gatorade state player of the year, three-time first-team high school All-America, three-time All-State selection, three-time 5A soccer MVP, and the 2010 NSCAA National High School Player of the year. She also competed in track for three years, running the 4x100m relay and the 100m dash.[3]

Playing CareerEdit

North CarolinaEdit

A four year starter with the Tar Heels, Ohai was a member of the 2012 championship winning team.

Houston DashEdit

Ohai was selected as the 2nd overall pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft by the Houston Dash as the expansion team's very first college draft pick. Her brother-in-law, Brian Cushing, plays for the NFL's Houston Texans.[4]

International CareerEdit

A member of the US youth national programs from the age of 13[2], Kealia has played with the U-15s, U-17s, U-18s, U-20s, and now the U-23s.[5][6] She was a member of the Championship winning 2012 US U-20 Women's National Team, where she scored the game winning goal in the 44th minute of final match to lead the US team to victory over Germany.[7]


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