Utah Royals' Kelley O’Hara says Challenge Cup was ‘built on trust that players would be responsible’
Utah Royals FC star Kelley O’Hara has said the National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup was ‘built on trust’ that players would be responsible with Covid-19 protocols.
During the time of the tournament, hosted in Utah, no positive coronavirus tests were found.
“When the NWSL was proposing everything, they told us it was built on trust. If players weren’t going to be responsible, it wasn’t going to work," she told ProSoccerTalk.
"It’s great that we all want to be competing, I feel we’re very lucky to be able to compete, but that’s contributed to people following the rules. You didn’t want to be the one person who ruins it.”
O’Hara added she was proud of the league for their achievement.
“There was a lot of uncertainty around the Challenge Cup because of Covid, but the fact that the NWSL was able to create an environment to get back on the field has been fantastic.
“Obviously you have Orlando that wasn’t able to come but since every team has arrived, not one player has tested positive so the NWSL deserves a lot of credit for designing this whole set-up.”
It is not known when the NWSL will now return following the conclusion of the Challenge Cup on July 26.
O’Hara’s club were knocked out in quarter-finals. They lost 3-2 on penalties to Houston Dash who went on to win the title after they beat Chicago Red Stars 2-0 in the final.