The Houston Dash announced today that forward and captain Kealia Ohai suffered a season-ending knee injury against the Orlando Pride this past Saturday.
NEWS: Ohai to miss the remainder of the season with left knee injury.
Get well soon, @KealiaOhai!
— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) June 26, 2017
Ohai initially went down in the 67′ after trying to make a turn against Pride defender Ali Krieger, returning to the field after being checked over by Houston training staff. She went down again in the 74′ and had to be assisted off the field.
After a medical evaluation, Ohai was diagnosed with a Grade 3 ACL sprain and medial meniscus tear in her left knee.
“I am devastated but so excited to start my recovery and get back on the field,” Ohai said in a heartfelt post on Twitter.
Losing Ohai is a major blow for a struggling Houston team, who have three wins and seven losses on the season. Interim head coach Omar Morales had this to say about losing Ohai:
“The injury to Kealia is a big hit to the team, not only on the field but off the field due to the leader that she is. With her being the captain, you are losing a big piece of your team. We have to stay strong for her, push for her, win some games and build on the momentum from Saturday. We will keep her in mind because she has done so much for us this year.”
The Dash have confirmed that Ohai will be placed on the disabled list for the remainder of the season.