Tobin Heath

Tobin Heath

Personal information
Full name Tobin Powell Heath
Date of birth (1988-05-29) May 29, 1988
Place of birth Morristown, New Jersey, U.S.[1]
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Portland Thorns
Number 17
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 North Carolina Tar Heels 93 (19)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 New Jersey Wildcats 7 (1)
2007 Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 5 (5)
2009 Pali Blues 6 (1)
2010 Atlanta Beat 3 (0)
2011 Sky Blue FC 12 (0)
2012 New York Fury 1 (0)
2013–2014 Paris Saint-Germain 15 (4)
2013– Portland Thorns 39 (4)
National team
2008– United States 128 (18)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 8, 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 13, 2016

Tobin Powell Heath (born May 29, 1988) is an American professional soccer player. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women's World Cup silver medalist and gold medalist who plays for the United States women's national soccer team. According to the United States Soccer Federation, Heath is "perhaps the USA's most skillful player".[2] Heath usually plays as a flank midfielder or the attacking midfielder. Heath was the first overall pick in Women's Professional Soccer 2010 draft. She currently plays professionally for the Portland Thorns FC of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).

Early life and education

Heath was born in Morristown, New Jersey to parents Jeff and Cindy Heath. She grew up in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Heath has a younger brother, Jeffrey, and two older sisters, Perry and Katie, who are active in Athletes in Action and Champions for Christ. Heath started playing soccer at the age of 4 in the back of a YMCA.[3] Heath has said herself she is a proud and devout follower of her Christian faith and is very close to her family[3][4] Her oldest sister, Katie, played NCAA Division I tennis for the University of Delaware.[5][6]

Heath graduated from Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey in 2006, where she was four-year letter winner and a three-time Parade All-American in soccer. She also played for the PDA Wildcats team that won the 2003 Club National Championship.

Heath was ranked as the No. 2 recruit in the nation in the Class of 2006 by Soccer Buzz magazine. She was named to the Parade Magazine All-America team in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Other awards include: Gatorade New Jersey Player of the Year, Newark Star Ledger's First Team All-State squad, and Newark Star-Ledger's New Jersey Player of the Year.

North Carolina Tar Heels

Tobin Heath after the National Championship game at SAS Soccer Park in Cary, NC on Sunday, December 3, 2006.

Heath committed to attend University of North Carolina (UNC) heading into her junior year of high school and did not play high school soccer her senior year, opting instead to train with boys.[7] She was a consensus freshman All-America on UNC’s 2006 national championship team and started 22 of the 23 games she played for the Tar Heels at the left midfield spot, scoring four goals with nine assists.[7] As a sophomore, she scored two goals with five assists and was named to the First-Team NSCAA All-American and First-Team All-ACC.[7] As a junior for the Tar Heels, she scored eight goals with eight assists, helping UNC to a 25–1–2 record and the NCAA title.[7]

As a senior at UNC, she scored five goals with 10 assists for the Tar Heels, who compiled a record of 23–3–1 and pulled out 1–0 victories in both the NCAA semifinal and championship game. She was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team. She was also the first runner-up for the MAC Hermann Trophy, given to college soccer’s top player.[7]

Heath finished her UNC career with 19 goals and 32 assists. She helped lead UNC to NCAA Women's Soccer Championship titles in 2006, 2008 and 2009 and four straight Atlantic Coast Conference titles. UNC soccer coach Anson Dorrance said himself that Heath preferred to nutmeg opposing players rather than dribble the ball around them. Heath played under #98 at UNC. Heath's academic major at UNC was Communications.

Club career

Women's Professional Soccer, 2010–11

In 2010, she was the first overall pick in the Women's Professional Soccer 2010 college draft and was selected by the expansion Atlanta Beat. After suffering an injury to her right ankle in her third appearance for the Beat, she did not play for the remainder of the 2010 season.[8] She started in all three of her appearances for the club.[9]

On December 10, 2010, Heath, along with Beat teammates Eniola Aluko and Angie Kerr were traded to Sky Blue FC in return for the fourth and eighth pick in 2011 WPS Draft and "future considerations in 2012."[10] Heath made twelve appearances for Sky Blue, starting in three games.[9] The team finished fifth during regular season play with 5 wins, 4 draws, and 9 losses.[11]

New York Fury, 2012

With the folding of WPS in 2012, Tobin Heath joined New York Fury of WPSL Elite League.[12] She played one game with the team after recovering from an ankle injury during the start of the season and later being called to the national team.[13]

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), 2013–2014

Heath playing for PSG against FCF Juvisy on March 23, 2013.

In 2013, Heath signed a six-month contract with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the top-tier French league, Division 1 Féminine until the end of the season on May 23, 2013.[14] She scored five goals in the twelve appearances she made for the club.[15]

Heath returned to PSG in September 2013.[16]

Portland Thorns FC, 2013–present

The newly established National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced on January 11, 2013 that Heath was one of the seven players allocated to the Portland Thorns FC for their initial roster as part of the NWSL Player Allocation.[17] After completing the season with Paris-Saint Germain, she joined the Thorns in July 2013, helping them attain a third-place finish in the NWSL. The Thorns won the 2013 NWSL Championship after defeating the Western New York Flash 2–0, with Heath scoring the game-winning goal on a free kick.[18][19] She was voted Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the championship game.With the Thorns, Heath was also named to the 2013 NWSL starting 11.[20]

During the beginning of the 2016 NWSL season, Heath notched 5 assists in 5 games, and earned the title of NWSL Player of the Month for April. Heath also scored her first goal of the 2016 season against the Washington Spirit, which was voted NWSL goal of the week by fans. Heath was also named NWSL Player of the Week for week 6. Heath notched her 10th assist of the season in Portland's final game against Sky Blue FC, breaking the NWSL's previous record of 9 assists by a single player in one regular season. Serving as Vice Captain throughout the season, Heath donned the Captain's armband during Captain Christine Sinclair's early injury, and on the occasions Sinclair was subbed out of a game.

Club Statistics

Correct as of September 26, 2016

Club League Cup Continental Total
Paris Saint-Germain[21]
2012–2013 8441125
2013–2014 702020110
Totals 1546120235
Portland Thorns[22]
2013 702292
2014 501060
2015 121121
2016 14110151
Totals 38242424
Career totals 53 6 9 3 2 0 65 9

International career

Heath (center) celebrating the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup win at the ticker-tape victory parade in New York City, July 2015

National youth teams

Heath played on the U-16 USA Women's National Team from 2003–2004, with the U-17 team in 2004–05 and with the USA Women's U-20 National Team at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship in Russia. She was a standout at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia, was one of five players to make the World Cup roster without participating in CONCACAF Qualifying, and was the third youngest player on the World Cup roster. Heath played in 24 matches for the U-20s in 2006, scoring five goals including two in international matches (scored her first international goal at the U-20 level against Canada in April in Brazil). Heath finished her U-20 international career with 14 caps and two goals. Heath started for the silver medal winning USA Women's team in the 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil.

Senior national team debut, 2008

Heath made her first appearance for the senior team on January 18, 2008 against Finland in the Four Nations Tournament. Heath nutmegged a Finland player on her first touches in her first cap. She was a reserve midfielder on the U.S. squad at the 2008 Summer Olympics and was the youngest squad member (age 20). She earned three caps during the tournament where the Women's National Team went on to win the Gold Medal. Heath was one of just three active collegians chosen to play on the U.S. Team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. In 2008 alone, Heath earned her first 17 caps and scored her first two goals, the first-ever WNT goal against China at the Algarve Cup.[23]

Heath was named the 2009 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year and played in two matches for the USA WNT, both against Canada in July 2009. Heath did not play for the USA in 2010 as she recovered from illness and a major ankle injury suffered early in the WPS season that eventually required surgery.[2]

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup

Heath made her FIFA Women's World Cup debut at the age of 23 during the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany, playing in the second half during the USA WNT's group-stage match against Colombia.[24] Heath earned a total of four caps in the Women's World Cup Tournament, the remaining three coming from the quarter-final against Brazil (108th minute substitution), the semi-final against France (87th minute substitution), and the final against Japan. In the World Cup Final Heath was one of the players elected to take a penalty kick for the United States. Heath had her shot blocked by Japan's goalie.[25]

2012 London Olympics

Heath was a member of the 2012 Olympic team, playing in all six matches, starting and playing the entire match in four of them. She had three assists, against France, Colombia, and New Zealand. Against France, at the 66th minute, she ran down the left flank with the ball received from a through pass from Megan Rapinoe, and sent a crossing pass to Alex Morgan who scored the last goal of the match making the final score 4–2. Against Colombia, she played a 1–2 pass with Wambach for her 2nd assist. Her third assist came in the quarter final match against New Zealand, at the 87th minute, when she provided a long ball down the left flank to Sydney Leroux, who scored through the legs of the goalkeeper Jenny Bindon, sealing the match at the final score of 2–0.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

Heath was a regular starter on the U.S. National Women's Team in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada, starting in five of the U.S.'s seven games.[26] Heath earned a total of six caps in the Women's World Cup Tournament. In the World Cup Final Heath was one of three U.S. women to score a goal, in the 54th minute, on an assist from Morgan Brian.[27]

2016 Rio Olympics

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Heath earned three caps as she started three of the U.S.'s four games. She recorded two assists. [28][29][30]

Heath was named NWSL Olympics Player of Match Day 1[31] and 2[32] in fan voting.

International goals

Date Location Opponent Lineup # Min Assist/pass Score Result Competition
1 2008-03-05[m 1] PortugalAlbufeira  China PR

on 46' (off Tarpley)

1.1 47 unassisted

5200.02005 2–0

5400.04005 4–0

Algarve Cup: Group B
2 2008-04-04[m 2] MexicoJuárez  Jamaica

on 46' (off Lloyd)

1.1 95+ Lauren Holiday

5600.00005 6–0

5600.00005 6–0

Olympic qualifier: Group A
3 2011-11-19[m 3] USAGlendale  Sweden

on 46' (off Rodriguez)

1.1 81 Alex Morgan

5000.01005 1–1

5000.01005 1–1

4 2012-01-20[m 4] CanadaVancouver  Dominican

off 46' (on Rodriguez)

1.1 30 Heather O'Reilly

5600.06005 6–0

6400.14005 14–0

Olympic qualifier: Group B
5 2012-01-27[m 5] CanadaVancouver  Costa Rica

off 63' (on Morgan)

1.1 16 Shannon Boxx

5100.01005 1–0

5300.03005 3–0

Olympic qualifier: semifinal
6 2012-06-16[m 6] SwedenHalmstad  Sweden

on 46' (off O'Reilly)

1.1 56 Abby Wambach

5200.03005 3–1

5200.03005 3–1

Volvo Winners Cup
7 2012-10-23[m 7] USAEast Hartford  Germany

on 63' (off O'Reilly)

1.1 67 Alex Morgan

5100.02005 2–1

5000.02005 2–2

8 2013-04-9[m 8] NetherlandsThe Hague  Netherlands 90.Start 1.1 36 Sydney Leroux

5100.01005 1–0

5200.03005 3–1

9 2014-09-18[m 9] USARochester  Mexico

off 46' (on O'Reilly)

1.1 44 Amy Rodriguez

5300.03005 3–0

5400.04005 4–0

10 2014-10-17[m 10] USAChicago  Guatemala 90.Start 2.1 7 Sydney Leroux

5100.01005 1–0

5500.05005 5–0

World Cup qualifier:Group A
11 2.2 57 Carli Lloyd

5300.03005 3–0

12 2015-07-05[m 11] CanadaVancouver  Japan

off 79' (on Wambach)

1.1 54 Morgan Brian

5300.05005 5–2

5300.05005 5–2

World Cup: final
13 2016-02-19[m 12] USAHouston  Trinidad 90.Start 1.1 12 Mallory Pugh

5100.01005 1–0

5500.05005 5–0

Olympic qualifier: semifinal
14 2016-02-21[m 13] USAHouston  Canada 90.Start 1.1 61 Mallory Pugh

5200.02005 2–0

5200.02005 2–0

Olympic qualifier: final
15 2016-04-06[m 14] USAEast Hartford  Colombia 90.Start 1.1 62 Crystal Dunn

5500.05005 5–0

5700.07005 7–0

16 2016-09-15[m 15] Columbus  Thailand

off 46' (on Rapinoe)

1.1 36 Carli Lloyd

5450.04005 4–0

5950.09005 9–0

17 2016-10-19[m 16] Sandy   Switzerland

off 76' (on Hatch)

1.1 61 Crystal Dunn

5450.04005 2–0

5950.09005 4–0

18 2016-11-10[m 17] USASan Jose  Romania 90.Start 2.1 10 Christen Press

5350.03005 2–0

5650.06005 8–1


Honors and awards


University of North Carolina


She Believes Cup: 2016 (champion)



Personal life

Aside from soccer, Heath has said she enjoys playing a multitude of sports, such as tennis and surfing, and enjoys being outside when given the time and opportunity.[36][37] Tobin was named after her great grandmother's last name.[38]

In popular culture

Video Games

Heath was featured along with her national teammates in the EA Sports' FIFA video game series in FIFA 16, the first time women players were included in the game.[39] In September 2015, she was ranked by EA Sports as the #15 women's player in the game.[40] Heath is also one of the two women on the game with 5 star skills alongside Marta of Brazil.

Ticker Tape Parade and White House Honor

Following the United States' win at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, Heath and her teammates became the first women's sports team to be honored with a Ticker Tape Parade in New York City.[41] Each player received a key to the city from Mayor Bill de Blasio.[42] In October of the same year, the team was honored by President Barack Obama at the White House.[43]


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