|Kealia Watt Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 5 in|
|Date of Birth||January 31, 1992|
|Spouse||J. J. Watt|
Kealia Watt is an American professional soccer player who has represented, as a midfielder/forward, Houston Dash (2014-2019), and Chicago Red Stars (2020-Present) in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). At the international level, she had represented the United States in the Under-15, Under-17, Under-18, Under-20, and Under-23 tiers before making her senior national team debut in 2016. In 2012, she was an integral member of the American squads that had lifted the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America, and Caribbean Association Football) Women’s Under-20 Championship as well as the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) Under-20 Women’s World Cup. She had scored the only goal in the final match of the latter tournament.
Kealia Mae Ohai
Draper, Utah, United States
Kealia had graduated from the Alta High School, a secondary school in Sandy, Utah, in June 2010. She had then joined the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a public research university in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. There, she was a 4-year starter with the North Carolina Tar Heels women’s soccer team from 2010 to 2013.
Professional Soccer Player
- Father – Ben Ohai
- Mother – Cindy Ohai
- Siblings – Megan Cushing (née Ohai) (Older Sister) (Fitness Blogger, Former Member of the United States Youth National Soccer Team)
- Others – Brian Cushing (Brother-in-Law) (Former Professional American Football Player), Cayden Cushing (Nephew), Kai Cushing (Nephew), John Watt (Father-in-Law) (Former Firefighter, Former Amateur Shot Put Competitor), Connie Watt (Mother-in-Law)(Associated with the Construction Industry), Derek Watt (Brother-in-Law) (Professional American Football Player), Gabriella Justin (Sister-in-Law), Logan James Watt (Nephew-in-Law), Brayden George Watt (Nephew-in-Law), T. J. Watt (Brother-in-Law) (Professional American Football Player)
- 2 – Chicago Red Stars
- 7 – Houston Dash, USA
5 ft 5 in or 165 cm
63 kg or 139 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Kealia has dated –
- J. J. Watt (2016-Present) – Kealia confirmed in October 2016 that she was dating professional American football player J. J. Watt for the last few months. The couple got engaged in May 2019 and tied the knot on February 15, 2020, in a ceremony held in the Bahamas. In June 2022, they revealed that they were expecting their first child together. They welcomed a son named Koa James Watt on October 23, 2022.
Race / Ethnicity
She is primarily of American descent and has some Hawaiian ancestry on her father’s side.
- Toned physique
- Center-parted, shoulder-length, straight hair
- Gleaming face
- Charming smile
Kealia Watt Facts
- Kealia is legally blind in her right eye.
- As a nod to her part-Hawaiian ancestry, her parents named her after Kealia Beach on the island of Kauai, the second-oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands.
- During her time at the Alta High School, she led her school team to 4 state soccer championships from 2006 to 2009. She was a 3-time first-team high school All-American, 3-time All-State selection, and the 2010 NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) ‘National High School Player of the Year’.
- Between 2000 and 2010, she had also represented a local club called the Utah Avalanche and won 4 state titles with them.
- Following her freshman university year, she was named to the First-Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the ACC All-Freshman Team.
- At university, with the North Carolina Tar Heels women’s soccer team, she had won the 2012 NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division I Women’s Soccer Championship. Kealia had scored the match-winning goal during overtime in the semi-final of the tournament and the first goal of the final in the 2nd minute of the match. She was named the tournament’s most outstanding offensive player.
- She was the 2nd overall pick, selected by the Houston Dash, in the 2014 NWSL College Draft, as the expansion team’s very first college draft pick. She was made the club’s captain midway through the 2016 season. Around this time, she was in career-best form and had scored 11 goals in just 10 games.
- She had finished the 2016 NWSL season tied for the ‘Golden Boot’ award (presented to the season’s top goal-scorer). She was given the award because she had more assists. She was also named in the season’s ‘NWSL Best XI’.
- Kealia made her international debut for the senior national team in October 2016, against Switzerland, in a friendly match. She scored a goal just 48 seconds after entering the field as a substitute in the 81st minute. This had set a new American record for the fastest goal by a debutant in an international match.
- Midway through the 2017 NWSL season, she had torn her ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) which had ruled her out of the remainder of the season.
- She returned to the field of play in April 2018 and was traded to the Chicago Red Stars in January 2020 in exchange for a defender and the 18th overall selection in the 2020 NWSL College Draft.
Featured Image by Kealia Watt / Instagram