Houston Dash forward Kealia Ohai named to USWNT U-23 roster for Six Nations Tournament

Dash first round pick called up for U-23 tournament in La Manga, Spain

Houston Dash forward Kealia Ohai has been named to the US U-23 women’s national team that will participate in the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, it was announced today.

The tournament will run from February 24 through March 6.  During that time, the US will face off against Japan on March 1, Sweden on March 3, and Norway on March 5.

The roster includes four first-round picks from the 2014 NWSL Draft including Ohai, the No. 2 overall pick, defender Kassey Kallman (No. 5; FC Kansas City), forward Maya Hayes (No 6; Sky Blue FC) and defender Amanda Frisbie (No. 7; Seattle Reign FC). Additional draftees include midfielder Jenna Richmond, who went in the second round at No. 16 overall to FC Kansas City and midfielder Frances Silva who was the first pick of the third round, going No. 19 overall to FC Kansas City.

Ohai helped lead the U.S. U-20 women’s national team to the FIFA U-20 World Cup title in 2012, scoring the winning goal in final, a 1-0 victory over Germany.  She was also a member of the U.S. U-18s, U-17s and U-15 national teams.

Ohai will travel back to Houston on March 7 and is expected to be available for the start of Dash training camp, scheduled for March 10.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Aubrey Bledsoe (Wake Forest; Cincinnati, Ohio), Abby Smith (Texas; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA; Menlo Park, Calif.), Amanda Frisbie (Seattle Reign FC; McKinney, Texas), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Lexington, Ky.), Jaelene Hinkle (Texas Tech; Castle Rock, Colo.), Kassey Kallman (FC Kansas City; Woodbury, Minn.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Danielle Colaprico (Virginia; Freehold, N.J.), Caprice Dydasco (UCLA; Honolulu, Hawaii), Jenna Richmond (FC Kansas City; Centreville, Va.), Meleana Shim (Portland Thorns FC; Honolulu, Hawaii), Frances Silva (FC Kansas City; Overland Park, Kan.); Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City; Bradenton, Fla.)
FORWARDS (6): Shea Groom (Texas A&M; Liberty, Mo.), Maya Hayes (Sky Blue FC; West Orange, N.J.), Jennifer Hoy (Chicago Red Stars; Sellersville, Pa.), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash; Draper, Utah), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; West Melbourne, Fla.), Chioma Ubogagu (Stanford; Coppell, Texas)