The run of ACL injuries in the 2017 NWSL season continues with Houston Dash announcing on Monday that Kealia Ohai will miss the rest of the season with an ACL injury.
Ohai was injured in the second half of the match against Orlando Pride in Orlando on Saturday and on Monday the team reported the extent of the injury. Ohai has suffered a Grade 3 ACL sprain and a medial meniscus tear in her left knee.
“I’m devastated by the news, but also excited for this challenge,” Ohai said. “Thank you to the fans for all of your kind words of support. It means so much to me. I will do everything in my power to get back on the field, better than ever.”
Ohai is the last member of the original Houston Dash squad, having joined the club as the second pick in the 2014 NWSL draft. As a result she holds the record for games played, with 72 (67 of them starts) and goals scored, with 21.
In a grade three sprain, the ligament has torn completely with the ligament split in to two pieces, and thus the whole knee is unstable. Obviously that requires surgery as the ligaments cannot just repair on their own after such a strain.
The medial meniscus tear is a common accompaniment with the ACL strain but extends the time that Ohai will be out. She should be able to recover in time but losing such a strong leader will be disappointing for the Houston side.
Ohai’s injury put a big dampener on the win for Houston Dash against Orlando Pride, their first under interim head coach, Omar Morales. Life without Ohai will begin on Wednesday when Houston Dash headline a double header.