Women's National Team

Heather Mitts

Defender Caps/Goals -
  • Date of Birth

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  • Hometown

    Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Club

    Boston Breakers

One of the USA's most veteran players, the gutsy Mitts earned her first cap in 1999. From 2004-2010 she played in almost every game the USA played, starting most of them, almost exclusively at right back. Mitts made her third appearance in the Olympic Games when she started during the USA's 3-0 victory against Colombia on July 28, 2012, as the U.S. clinched a quarterfinal berth in the London Olympics.

Since breaking into the team full time in 2004, she has earned 113 of her 118 caps and become one of the USA’s steadiest defenders … 2011: Partially tore both hamstrings at different points during the year but recovered in time to make the Women’s World Cup team, her first … Played in just four games, starting one … 2010: Suffered a few minor injuries, but still started in all 10 games she played … Played every minute of three matches at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament … Started both legs of the Women’s World Cup Playoff against Italy … 2009: Played in all eight matches for the USA, starting seven and earning her 100th cap against Sweden in the Algarve Cup Final, a match in which she captained the team … Had one assist during the year, against Canada in Toronto, for her seventh career point … 2008: Returned from major knee injury just in time to be earn a spot on the Olympic Team, starting all three of the USA’s domestic games over late April and early May …Started 24 of 25 matches she played for the USA including all six at the 2008 Olympics as she played a key role in the USA’s gold medal run … Had one assist, in the Olympic semifinal against Japan as she threw the ball in to Heather O’Reilly, who scored … Spent the last half of 2007 and first half of 2008 rehabilitating from ACL surgery … 2007: Played in eight matches, starting them all, before she suffered an ACL injury against Canada on May 12 that knocked her out of contention for the Women’s World Cup … 2006: Played in 22 matches, most of the team, and started 20 games, tied for most … Was second on the team in minutes played with 1,759 … 2005: Started and played every minute of the 2005 Algarve Cup at right back … Started eight of the USA’s nine matches during the year … 2004: A member of the USA’s 2004 Olympic Residency Camp, she had a breakout year, playing in 28 games while starting 17 … Played in her first world championship at the 2004 Olympics, seeing time in two matches including playing 90 minutes against Australia … Scored the first two goals of her career, both game-winners on goalmouth scrambles after corner kicks, tallying against Canada on July 3 and in a wild 4-3 win against Iceland during the Fan Celebration Tour on Sept. 25 … 2003: Played in two matches, bringing her career total to five matches with no starts … 2002: Appeared in one match … 2001: Was called into training camp for the 2001 Nike U.S. Women’s Cup and made the game roster of 18 … Appeared in one game … 1999: Made her U.S. debut against Finland at the Algarve Cup … Youth National Teams: Was a member of the U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team Pool in 1999-2000 … Was a member of the U-21 team that won the 1999 Nordic Cup in Iceland … First Appearance: Feb. 24, 1999, vs. Finland … First Goal: July 3, 2004, vs. Canada.
2011: Traded by the Philadelphia Independence to the Atlanta Beat for the 2011 WPS season … Played 708 minutes for the Beat over eight games, starting them all … 2010: Signed with the Philadelphia Independence as a free agent during the 2009 WPS offseason … Played in 17 games for the Independence in 2010, starting 15, helping the club to a playoff berth, two playoff wins and a berth in the championship game … 2009: Allocated to the Boston Breakers for the inaugural WPS season in 2009 … Started 19 matches for the Breakers, mostly at left back, and tallied one assist across her 1,631 minutes … 2003: Started all 51 games in which she played for the Charge in three seasons, helping the club to the WUSA playoffs in the first two years … Was a WUSA All-Star in 2003 … Played 4,414 minutes in her WUSA career and had eight career assists … Broke her tibia in WUSA action in 2003 and was sidelined for five weeks during the WNT’s lead-up to the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup … 2001: Selected in the second round of the inaugural WUSA Draft by the Philadelphia Charge in 2001 … Club: Was a member of the Cardinal Premier team that won a national championship in 1997 … Won two Ohio state titles with Club Cincinnati.