Tobin Heath signs with international women’s team Manchester United originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest
Tobin Heath is one of the most recognized soccer players in the United States.
A two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion (USWNT 2015, 2019) and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist (2008, 2012), Heath is one of the most consistent players to play the game registering 168 appearance, 33 goals and 40 assists on the world stage.
In the NWSL, it’s more of the same story.
The 32-year-old joined the Portland Thorns inaugural season in 2013 and helped lead the Thorns to two NWSL titles (2013, 2017).
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Her impact is global and the Manchester United women’s team came knocking.
“Manchester United is an exceptional club and I’m thrilled to be joining them,” said Heath. “I’m looking forward to the challenge of competing in England, playing with and against some of the best players in the world.
Portland will retain her NWSL rights.
USWNT teammate Christen Press will also be joining Manchester United:
I’m excited to share that I am joining Manchester United this season! I’m grateful to have the opportunity to play for such an elite club and beyond ready to get back on the field! @ManUtdWomen pic.twitter.com/JH9viQu5E4— Christen Press (@ChristenPress) September 9, 2020
The Manchester United women play their home matches in front of 12,000 fans at Leigh Sports Village. That capacity is one of the largest capacity stadiums in the FA Women’s Super League. For comparison, Providence Park in Portland, Oregon seats 25,218 and the Thorns fan base typically fills a majority of those seats.
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Heath does have experience internationally - besides the USWNT - with Paris Saint-Germain in 2013 and 2014.
Head Coach Casey Stoney said: “We are all excited to have Tobin join the club; she is an outstanding player who brings a wealth of experience to the squad. She is extremely skillful and possesses so much quality on the ball; her speed and intelligence in one vs one situations will be a real asset that will push the team forward this season, and I can’t wait to see her make her mark on the league.