There are three Georgians on the 2019 champion U.S. women's national team. Emily Sonnett, of Marietta, is a defender on the team. When not winning the World Cup, Sonnett plays for the Portland Thorns FC. Midfielder Morgan Brian of St. Simons Island made her second World Cup appearance this year. She plays with the Chicago Red Stars. It was the third World Cup for defender Kelley O’Hara of Fayetteville. O’Hara is a member of the Utah Royals FC.

Cobb athlete among Georgians on World Cup-winning women's team

Cobb County residents not only saw one of their own make her first appearance in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, they also saw her wind up with the winning team.

Emily Sonnett

Emily Sonnett of Marietta is a member of the American team that competed against other countries for the championship. 

Sonnett, 25, is one of seven defenders on the team. Two other Georgia athletes, midfielder Morgan Brian of St. Simons Island and defender Kelley O’Hara of Fayetteville, also are on the 24-member team, according to the team roster.

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Morgan Brian
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The 2019 cup is the first for Sonnett, the second for Brian and the third for O’Hara, the U.S. team noted.

The Marietta native plays in the National Women’s Soccer League for Portland Thorns FC while O’Hara is a member of the Utah Royals FC and Brian plays with Chicago Red Stars. Sonnett is a graduate of Fellowship Christian School in Roswell. 

Kelley O'Hara
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Teams from two dozen countries were in the running for the Women’s World Cup. The first match was held June 7, and concluded with the USA win over the Netherlands on Sunday, July 7.

Portland Thorns FC tweeted out congratulations to Sonnett and fellow team members who are part of the World Cup championship team.


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