Tobin Heath is an American professional soccer player. She currently plays for the Portland Thorns FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States women’s national soccer team. Tobin is a FIFA Women’s World Cup winner and a two-time Olympic gold medallist. Heath's position is as a flank midfielder or an attacker midfielder.
Tobin Heath's early life and education
Tobin Powell Heath was born to mother Cindy Heath, and father Jeff Heath on May 29, 1988, in New Jersey, United States. She was raised in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, alongside her siblings, brother Jeffrey and two older sisters, Perry and Katie.
She is a devoted follower of Christianity. She holds American nationality and belongs to North American ethnicity.
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Tobin attended and graduated from Ridge High School in Basking Ridge in 2006. She played soccer in the first three years there. Tobin also played for the PDA Wildcats team that won the 2003 Club National Championship.
Tobin attended the University of North Carolina where she majored in communications. Tobin also won the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship in 2006, 2008, and 2009, and four straight Atlantic Coast Conference titles.
Tobin Heath's career
In 2010, Tobin was the first overall pick in the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) 2010 college draft and was selected by the Atlanta Beat. Tobin missed the remainder of the 2010 season due to an injury to her right ankle in her third appearance for the Beat.
On December 10, 2010, Tobin was traded to Sky Blue FC along with Beat teammates Eniola Aluko and Angie Kerr. Tobin made twelve appearances for Sky Blue and played in three games. During the regular season, the team finished with 5 wins, 4 draws, and 9 losses.
Heath joined the New York Fury of the WPSL Elite League with the folding of the WPS in 2012. Due to an ankle injury, she played only one game with New York Fury and was later called to the national team.
Heath signed a six-month contract with Paris Saint-Germain in 2013 in the top-tier French league, Division 1 Feminine until the end of the season on May 23, 2013. She made her return to PSG from Portland Thorns FC in September 2013 until June 2014. She made seven appearances without scoring during her second spell with the club.
On January 11, 2013, Heath was announced one of the seven players allocated to the Portland Thorns FC by National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) for their initial roster as part of the NWSL Player Allocation.
Heath joined the Thorns in July 2013 helping them attain a third-place finish in the NWSL. With Tobin scoring the game-winning goal from a direct free kick, the Thorns won the 2013 NWSL Championship after defeating the Western New York Flash, 2-0. Heath was voted as the Most Valuable Player of the championship game and was also named the 2013 NWSL starting 11.
Heath notched five assists in five games and earned the title of NWSL Player of the Month for April. She was also named NWSL Player of the Week for six weeks. Breaking the NWSL’s previous record of 9 assists by a single player in one regular season, Heath notched the 10th assist of the season in the Portland’s final game against Sky Blue FC.
Heath missed the 2017 NWSL season due to a lingering back injury for a long time and was added to the active roster on August 28.
Heath returned at the end of the season and made her NWSL season debut on September 23 at the 60th minute against Orlando Pride. Tobin helped her team reach the final with an assist for Emily Sonnett in a 4-1 win. She also participated in a 1-0 win over North Carolina Courage to win the NWSL Championship.
Heath began the 2018 NWSL season unable to play due to an ankle injury. She returned to Thorns starting lineup and came on the 57th minute in a 1-1 draw to Utah Royals FC where she scored ten minutes after coming on.
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Heath has played with three national youth teams including the U-16s (2003 to 2004) and U-17s (2004 to 2005). Heath was one of the players who participated in the USA Women’s U-20 National Team in the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia.
In 2006, Heath made 24 appearances for the U-20s. Heath’s first goal was against Canada in April in Brazil in the Under-20 level. Heath was also a part of the silver medal winning USA Women’s team in the 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil.
Tobin made her first appearance for the senior team against Finland on January 18, 2008, in the Four Nations Tournament in China. Heath was a reserve midfielder on the U.S. squad at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She was one of the three collegians chosen to play on the U.S. Team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Heath gained 17 caps and scored her first two goals in 2008. Her first U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) goal was at the 2008 Algarve Cup against China.
In July 2009, Heath was named the 2009 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year and played twice for the USWNT against Canada.
Heath made her FIFA Women’s World Cup debut during the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup at the age of 23 in Germany during the USWNT’s group-stage match against Colombia. Heath was one of the players elected to take a penalty kick in the World Cup final, however, her shot was saved by the Japan goalie. Tobin earned four cups in the Women’s World Cup Tournament.
Heath was a member of the 2012 Olympic team. She recorded three assists in the Olympics Games which include against France, the second assist against Colombia and a final assist against New Zealand in the quarterfinal match.
In the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, Heath was a regular starter starting in five of the U.S.’s seven games. Tobin earned six caps in the Women’s World Cup Tournament. She was one of the three U.S. women to score a goal in the World Cup Final, on an assist from Morgan Brain.
Heath earned three caps at the 2016 Rio Olympics as she played in three of the U.S’s four games. In fan voting, Heath was named NWSL Olympics Player of Match in Day 1 and 2.
Heath throughout her career has been honored with numerous awards that include NCAA Women’s Soccer Champions: 2006, 2008, 2009, Olympics Gold Medal: 2008, 2012, FIFA Women’s World Cup: 2015 (champion) and 2011 (runner-up), She Believes Cup: 2016 (champion), NWSL Championship: 2013, 2017, NWSL Shield: 2016, U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year, U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year, and many more.
Following the U.S. win at 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Heath and her teammates became the first women’s sports team to be honored with a Ticket Tape parade. They received a key to the city from Mayor Bill de Blasio. The same year, they were honored by former President Barack Obama at the White House.
Tobin Heath's personal life
Tobin Heath enjoys playing tennis and surfing beside playing soccer. The 30-year-old player is currently single and unmarried.
Due to lack of information regarding her relationship, husband, boyfriend, and children, some rumors about her being a gay has also surfaced.
She is followed by more than 74k fans on Facebook. Tobin Heath joined Twitter in May 2011 and is followed by over 434k people, and has over 491k fan following on Instagram.
Tobin Heath's net worth and salary
Tobin and her teammates have been featured in EA Sports FIFA Video game series in FIFA 16. According to some sources, her salary is estimated to be around $200,000.
With her successful career as a player, she has an approximate net worth of $1 million.
Tobin Heath's body measurements
Heath stands 5 feet 6 inches (175 cms) and weighs 59kg (130 lbs). She has golden brown hair and brown eyes.