- Tobin Powell Heath
- Nickname is “Tobs”
- Enjoys playing any sport, hanging out with the family and spending time outdoors.
- Loves the beach and the water.
- Skateboarded around campus and to class at UNC.
For the Love of the Game
Her freshman year at UNC in 2006, the dorm Heath lived in had a soccer field right outside. "We’d always kind of end up out there at some point, whatever hour it was. At one or two in the morning, we’d go turn on the lights and play," Heath said. "That was the story of our class, my group of friends; we always wanted to play, anytime, anywhere. That was our culture." Their first visit to campus, the new soccer freshmen skipped orientation, where you pick out classes and pick up your laptops, and headed out to the field.
Fetzer Field (UNC’s game field) always had a sign posted that read “CLOSED,” but the friends always snuck in anyway. They also played in the dorm hallways, "even people who didn’t play soccer wanted to play; it was so fun." They played in the parking garage, using trash cans as goals. They even snuck out onto the game field at midnight, several hours after winning the national championship. "Even though we’d just won this great thing, even though our season had ended in the best possible way, we still didn’t want it to be over," Heath remembered with a grin.
First Appearance: Jan. 18, 2008, vs. Finland. First goal: March 5, 2008, vs. China.
One of the USA’s most skillful players and dynamic dribblers, she has been a member of the last five championship squads.
2017: Dealt with an ankle injury for almost the entire year and played in just four matches, starting two.
2016: Logged consistently excellent performances throughout the year and was named the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year, the first time she has won the award. Became the second female player (along with Lauren Holiday) to win both the U.S. Soccer Young Female (2009) and Female Player of the Year awards. Started 20 of the 22 games she played and her 1,747 minutes were second on the team. Had career highs in a calendar year for both goals (6) and assists (8) and minutes. Her eight assists tied for second best on the team. Started three games and had two assists in her third Olympic tournament.
2015: A member of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup champions, she played in six of the seven matches, starting five, and scored in the World Cup Final, knocking in the fifth and clinching goal in the 5-2 victory against Japan. Played 1,180 minutes in 21 games while starting 13 games and had three assists on the year. Made her first World Cup start on June 16th in a group stage game against Nigeria after playing off the bench in four matches in 2011.
2014: Had one of her most productive years for the WNT to date, playing in 16 games with 10 starts over 795 minutes while scoring three goals with four assists. Was integral in the WNT’s run to the 2014 CONCACAF Championship, scoring two goals (both against Guatemala in the opening match) and adding two assists to help the team claim a berth at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
2013: Had a quality first half of the year, playing 609 minutes in nine games (while starting seven), but did not play for the USA in the second half of the year due to an ankle injury. Scored once (against the Netherlands in The Hague) and had four assists.
2012: Had her best year to date for the U.S. WNT, playing in 26 matches and starting 16, both career highs. Scored four goals with seven assists, also career highs for a year. Played in all six games at the 2012 Olympics, starting four, while winning her second gold medal. Had three assists in the Olympics, one against France on Alex Morgan’s second goal, one against Colombia on Abby Wambach’s goal and one to Sydney Leroux against New Zealand.
2011: Had a excellent “rebound” year after not seeing any National Team action 2010, playing in 15 games with two starts. Scored one goal with two assists, with her lone score coming in the final game of the year, a 1-1 draw with Sweden. Played in four matches off the bench at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, including the quarterfinal, semifinal and final in what was her first World Cup at the senior level.
2010: Did not play for the USA as she recovered from illness and a major ankle injury suffered early in the WPS season that eventually required surgery.
2009: Was named the 2009 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year. Played in two matches for the USA, both against Canada in July.
2008: Made her first WNT roster and debuted at the Four Nations Tournament in China. Nutmegged a Finland player on her first touches in her first cap. As the youngest player (20) on the 2008 Olympic gold medal team, she saw action in three games off the bench. Earned her first 17 caps for the USA in 2008 and scored two goals, including her first, which came against China at the Algarve Cup.
2007: Trained with the Women’s National Team in January for the first time.
Youth National Teams: Started for the silver medal-winning U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team at the Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro in the summer of 2007. Was one of the standout players for the USA at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia, where she played in three matches. One of five players to make the World Cup roster without participating in CONCACAF Qualifying. The third youngest player on the World Cup roster. Finished her U-20 international career with 14 caps and two goals.
2017: Missed almost the entire regular season with an ankle injury, but returned to play 75 minutes over the final two regular season games. She then started the playoff semifinal and played 81 minutes while picking up an assist in the 4-1 victory vs. the Orlando Pride. She played all 90 minutes in the championship game victory to help the Thorns to the title, but re-injured her ankle in the match.
2016: Helped lead the Thorns to a regular season title and a playoff berth, tying for the league lead with 12 wins. Led the NWSL with a record-setting 10 assists and was named to the NWSL Best XI. Scored one goal during the season while starting 13 of the 14 games she played and totaled 1,159 minutes.
2015: Played in just 12 matches for the Portland Thorns due to WNT commitments, but started them all, playing 1,062 minutes while scoring one goal with one assist.
2014: Started all five games in which she saw action, playing 401 minutes, but spent the majority of the NWSL season with the U.S. National Team or rehabbing injuries.
2013: Returned from France after the end of her European club season with Paris Saint-Germain to help the Portland Thorns to the inaugural NWSL championship. Was hampered by an ankle injury at the end of the season, but ended up playing in seven regular season matches and picking up three assists. Scored in both the NWSL playoff semifinal and championship game, getting the winning goal in the 2-0 title match victory against the Western New York Flash on a world-class direct free kick at the end of the first half. Played in eight matches for PSG in the second half of the season, scoring four times.
2012: Allocated to the Portland Thorns FC for the inaugural NWSL season. Played briefly with the New York Fury in the WPSL. Signed with Paris Saint-German in the French First Division for the second half of the 20122013 season.
2011: Played 571 minutes in 12 matches for Sky Blue FC, starting three, and had one assist.
2010: The No. 1 pick in the 2010 WPS Draft by the expansion Atlanta Beat. Played in just three matches for the Beat before suffering a season-ending ankle injury. Traded to her home state Sky Blue FC on Dec. 10 along with Eniola Aluko and Angie Kerr in exchange for Sky Blue FC’s pair of first-round picks in the 2011 WPS Draft and future considerations.
Youth Club: Helped the PDA Wildcats win one club national championship, in 2003 as U-14s, and into two other club national championship tournaments. Helped the PDA Wildcats to the U-17 club National Championship game in 2005.College: As a senior at North Carolina, 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. Was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team. Finished her UNC career with 19 goals and 32 assists. Was a major factor in leading UNC to its second straight NCAA title (and three in four years) and fourth straight Atlantic Coast Conference title. Heath was named First-Team All-ACC and was a First-Team NSCAA All-American, her third selection for each. Was also the first runner-up for the MAC Hermann Trophy, given to college soccer’s top player. Also named a First-Team Soccer America MVP.