When the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team takes on Japan in Sunday's World Cup final, Delta pilots and people will have a particularly strong rooting interest.
Look for the USA's No. 5, Kelley O'Hara, the daughter of Atlanta-based MD88 Captain Dan O’Hara. It was Kelley who booted the game-sealing second goal in last week's 2-0 upset win over top-ranked Germany to help her team advance to the final.She's eagerly anticipating Sunday's game in Vancouver, and grateful for support from back home surrounding her in Canada.
"Heading to a World Cup final is an incredible feeling and having my entire family in the crowd is going to make it that much more special," Kelley told Delta News Hub.
Kelley, 26, grew up in Peachtree City, just a few miles from Delta's headquarters, attending Starr’s Mill High School. The Olympic gold medalist was a forward during her college career at Stanford, scoring 57 goals to rank second all-time for the Cardinal and winning the 2009 Hermann Trophy as the top collegiate female player.
"Dan's daughter, Kelley, and my son graduated from Starr's Mill in the same class, and I remember watching Kelley and the high school soccer team going to state playoffs several years in a row," said Captain Chris Frederick, Director and Chief Pilot. "She was a star then, and it's a lot of fun to see her continued success now. I'm sure Dan and her family are proud of her accomplishments and the team's success."
The U.S. Soccer website says this about Kelley:
“She is a southern girl at heart. As Kelley grew up playing all sorts of sports, she never thought she would want to leave home. But her soccer travels for the USA’s youth and senior national teams, as well as a brilliant career at Stanford, have led her to live on both coasts and have taken her around the globe, opening her eyes to a world she embraces while living life to the fullest.”
Sunday's game is set for 6 p.m. ET. It’s been 16 years since the Americans have won the title.