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Report: Utah Royals Trade USA's Kelley O'Hara Washington Spirit


On the same day that the Washington Spirit shipped midfielder Rose Lavelle's NWSL rights to the OL Reign, another U.S. national team standout appears to be on the move.

The Spirit have reportedly acquired defender Kelley O'Hara in a trade with the Utah Royals, according to The Athletic. The Spirit had acquired a 2022 first-round draft pick and $100,000 in allocation money in the Lavelle deal, though terms of O'Hara's trade were not yet known.

O'Hara, the 32-year-old right back, has won two FIFA Women's World Cups with the USA (2015, 2019) and won gold at the 2012 Olympics. Before joining the Utah Royals in 2018, she spent five seasons with Sky Blue FC.

Lavelle is expected to transfer to Manchester City, where she will team up with USWNT teammate Sam Mewis. Mewis signed a one-year deal with the club on Monday, and Lavelle's deal is also expected to a one-year commitment. Lavelle's NWSL rights will be maintained by OL Reign and Mewis's by the North Carolina Courage should they return to the league.

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