Tobin Heath

Portland Thorns

Thorns FC: Opportunity Knocks

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In the 2016 NWSL semifinal, the then-Western New York Flash took on the Portland Thorns and, under the somnolent gaze of center referee Marco Vega, beat the living bejesus out of them.

No, I'm not talking about the final score.

I mean that Western New York's players took the opportunity given them by a referee who considered anything less than forty stitches or a gunshot wound incidental contact to whale the tar out of Portland's key players.

Tobin Heath returns to active roster

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Finally

I have come to bring you good news via the Portland Thorns twitter account:

Tobin Heath has been activated from the disabled list and the club has added her to the active roster. #BAONPDX pic.twitter.com/HvKG1Dx7Ml

— Portland Thorns FC (@ThornsFC) August 29, 2017

You read that right.

Seattle Reign v. Portland Thorns: News, updates, highlights, analysis

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It's a PNW showdown. Seattle Reign FC (2-2-0) look for some redemption after a disappointing road load in Orlando, while the Portland Thorns (2-0-2) will be tested without their playmaker Tobin Heath. The match kicks off at Memorial Stadium in Seattle at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, and can be streamed live on YouTube.

Seattle Reign v. Portland Thorns: 3 Questions

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It's Cascadia rivalry time. Get prepared and get hyped.

On Saturday, May 14, Seattle Reign FC face their rivals down South for the first time in the NWSL regular season. The two sides already battled it out in the preseason, with Seattle earning a 2-0 win at Providence Park.

But this is not a preseason match, and it's not on Portland's turf.

Tobin Heath Named NWSL Player of the Month

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Heath leads the NWSL with 4 assists this season through 3 matches.

Portland Thorns midfielder Tobin Heath has been named the National Women's Soccer League Player of the Month for April, the Thorns and NWSL announced Wednesday.

The league leader in assists, Heath recorded 3 assists in April, assisting on both goals in the Thorns 2-1 victory over the Orlando Pride on April 17, and recorded an assist during the Thorns 1-1 draw with FC Kansas City on April 23.

Amandine Henry: The Biggest Signing in League History?

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Already considered among the best, Henry could become the best player in the world over the next couple of years.

It wouldn't be much if a stretch to call Amandine Henry the biggest signing in Portland Thorns history.

The 26 year-old French star has built quite the resume over her professional career, most recently named to the first-ever FIFPro Women's World XI, which comes on the heels of a runner-up finish in the 2015 UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe and winning the Silver Ball and the 2015 World Cup in Canada.

Lindsey Horan

NWSL championship: Portland Thorns grit out 1-0 win over North Carolina Courage

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It was a messy, rough grind of a game.

Portland Thorns starting XI: Adrianna Franch, Kat Reynolds, Emily Sonnett, Emily Menges, Meghan Klingenberg, Amandine Henry, Lindsey Horan, Ashleigh Sykes, Christine Sinclair, Tobin Heath, Hayley Raso

North Carolina Courage starting XI: Katelyn Rowland, Abby Dahlkemper, Abby Erceg, Jaelene Hinkle, Taylor Smith, McCall Zerboni, Sam Mewis, Denise O'Sullivan, Kristen Hamilton, Ashley Hatch, Lynn Williams

It was a rough start for the North Carolina Courage as they faced off against the Portland Thorns on a bright, humid day in Orlando.

Portland Thorns battle their way past North Carolina Courage to take 2017 NWSL Championship

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It wasn't pretty, but the Thorns won via Lindsey Horan's second half goal

The Portland Thorns won their second-ever NWSL Championship today in Orlando, defeating the North Carolina Courage 1-0. Lindsay Horan's 50th minute goal was the deciding factor in a game short on chances and high on physical play.

What We Learned on (Fall?) Vacation: Notes from the Women’s International Break

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While the NWSL was on hold for the week, the Thorns' internationals were on duty with their national teams. Lindsey Horan, Allie Long, and (gasp) Tobin Heath all saw minutes for the US, while Amandine Henry and Nadia Nadim played for France and Denmark, respectively. While most of these matches were friendlies, there were still some Thorns-related highlights worth sharing:

Lindsey Horan scored against New Zealand

In the second of two outings against the Football Ferns, Lindsey Horan scored a great diving header, getting on the end of a long ball by Sam Mewis:

Was just a matter of time ⏰.

Match Preview: Thorns v Breakers, Part 2

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For the second week in a row, the Portland Thorns face off against the Boston Breakers. Can they manage to win?

Last week, Portland faced Boston in Boston, and managed to rally a draw, even though they were behind by two goals by the 50th minute. This was mostly because Boston is a young team; they were unable to hold onto their lead.

Match Preview: Thorns vs Breakers

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Portland will have their hands full shutting down Rose Lavelle (and trying to score a dang goal)

Portland stays on the road this Friday, heading to Boston for the first of a two-game series against the Breakers.

The Thorns should start the same group as last week: AD Franch in goal, Meghan Klingenberg, Emily Sonnett, Emily Menges, and Celeste Boureille in the back, Lindsey Horan, Amandine Henry, and Allie Long at midfield, and Nadia Nadim, Christine Sinclair, and Hayley Raso at forward.

Five Thorns Called in to USWNT Training Camp on July 1

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Five members of the Portland Thorns have been named among the selections by United States Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis for the pre-Olympic friendlies against South Africa on July 9 in Chicago.

Defenders Meghan Klingenberg, Emily Sonnett, and midfielders Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, and Allie Long were all named to the 24 player roster.

Tobin Heath named NWSL Player of the Week

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Health tallied a goal and an assist in the Thorns 4-1 win.

With a goal and her league-leading 5th assist, Portland Thorns midfielder Tobin Heath was named the NWSL Player of the Week for Week 6.

Tallying the assist on Lindsey Horan's 26th minute goal off a corner kick, Heath then scored her first goal of the 2016 season and first career goal at Providence Park in first half stoppage time of the Thorns 4-1 victory over the Washington Spirit.

MATCH RECAP: Portland Thorns FC 4, Washington Spirit 1

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Thorns remain only unbeaten team in NWSL after handing Spirit first loss of 2016

A goal and an assist from Tobin Heath powered Portland Thorns FC to a dominant 4-1 over the Washington Spirit Saturday night in front of 15,823 fans at Providence Park. With the win, Portland remains the only unbeaten side in the NWSL after handing the Spirit their first loss of 2016.

6 Thorns Named to USWNT Roster for June Friendlies

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National Team camp opens May 27.

Six members of the Portland Thorns have been named to Jill Ellis' 25 player roster for two friendlies against Japan on June 2 and June 5.

Keeper Adrianna Franch, defenders Meghan Klingenberg and Emily Sonnett and midfielders Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan and Allie Long will join the United States Women's National Team on May 27, meaning they will miss the Thorns' May 29 match against Seattle at Providence Park.

MATCH RECAP: Portland Thorns FC 1, FC Kansas City 1

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Thorns salvage a point on the road against 10-man FC Kansas City as Horan scores in second-straight match

Lindsey Horan scored her second goal in as many matches to rescue a point for Portland Thorns FC as the club battled to a 1-1 draw on the road against 10-man FC Kansas City Saturday night in front of 3,022 at Swope Soccer Village.

Julie Johnston brace leads USWNT to win over Colombia

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It may not have been as lopsided as the two sides' prior meeting, but the U.S. Women's National Team dispatched Colombia with ease in Sunday's friendly.

Defender Julie Johnston led the way with a brace as the USWNT topped Colombia, 3-0. The victory was the Americans'second win over Colombia in five days following Wednesday's7-0 thrashing.

Union top Rowdies, USMNT faces Paraguay at Linc in June, Pulisic, USWNT tops Canada, more

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Union settle Rowdies. US to face Paraguay in Copa Centenario at the Linc. Pulisic gets first start with Dortmund. US tops Canada for CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualification title. MOre.

6 Thorns Named to CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Rosters

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Six members of the Thorns have been named to CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying rosters the United States Soccer Federation and the Canadian Soccer Association announced Tuesday.

Christine Sinclair and Rhian Wilkinson have been named to Canada's roster for the qualifiers, which take place from February 10-21 in Houston and Frisco Texas, with both finalists qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics, taking place in August, while Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Meghan Klingenberg, and Emily Sonnett have all been named to the United States' roster.

Meghan Klingenberg

Roses and Thorns: Rejoice, for the Drought is Ended

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Tobin Heath is back, finally. Plus: Franch sets a record, McCall Zerboni weighs in, and some notes on the salary cap

It's been another busy weekend, between the 0-0 slugfest on Saturday and Sunday's announcement about Nadia Nadim and Amandine Henry's looming departure. Let's chat, shall we?

Match Preview: Thorns vs Sky Blue FC

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The Thorns travel to Piscataway, New Jersey this Saturday to face Sky Blue FC. It's the first of another two-game away/home series, with the Thorns again getting the privilege of

Portland will start what's become their usual XI: Meghan Klingenberg, Emily Sonnett, Emily Menges, and Celeste Boureille in the back, Allie Long, Amandine Henry, and Lindsey Horan in the midfield, and Hayley Raso, Christine Sinclair, and Nadia Nadim at forward.

Thorns Training Report: Week 7

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Tobin Heath, Meghan Klingenberg, and Mark Parsons spoke with media today after training. Heath largely talked about her involvement with the Thorns Development Academy, announced last week. For fans, though, the bigger Heath news is that she will travel to New Jersey this weekend, and is expected to be available off the bench—though Parsons said she likely won't play.

U.S. Women's National Team

Big names headline USWNT roster for Tournament of Nations

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A list of mostly familiar names makes up the latest U.S. Women's National Team squad as they begin preparations for the 2017 Tournament of Nations.

Many of the names, including team captains Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn, overlap with the group that traveled to Scandinavia in June.

Morris beats KR to ROY, US-Mexico time, & USWNT lays a whupping on Romania

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Morris wins ROY, Alex Morgan, Christen Press and USWNT blast Romania, USMNT preps for showdown with Mexico in Columbus.

Lloyd scores again as USWNT beats Netherlands in friendly

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Carli Lloyd scored her 94th international goal as the U.S. Women's National Team defeated the Netherlands 3-1 in a friendly on Sunday.

The Dutch opened the scoring just two minutes in, surprising the Atlanta crowd. Following a deflection in the midfield,Shanice van de Sanden darted past the USWNT backline and fired a shot past Alyssa Naher, putting the USWNT behind early.

USWNT pummels Colombia in first of two friendlies

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In the first of two meetings with its South American opposition, the U.S. Women's National Team defeated Colombia, 7-0, at Rentschler Fieldon Wednesday evening.

Crystal Dunn pounced on a defensive mistake in the 27th minute, stealing the ball inside the Colombia penalty area and then slotting her shot past goalkeeper Catalina Perez.

Women’s World Cup Final: USA Wins!

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Carli Lloyd had a first half hat trick as the U.S. ran out 5-2 winners over Japan in the World Cup Final.

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Around The Forest: Tobin Heath wins Pro Female Athlete Of The Year at Oregon Sports Awards

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Christian Pulisic disses Bayern, FIFA is looking into some rule changes and more!

Portland:

Thorns FC midfielder Tobin Heath receives Female Professional Athlete of the Year Award at Oregon Sports Awards | Portland Timbers
Portland Thorns FC midfielder Tobin Heath was awarded the 2016-17 Harry Glickman Award for Female Professional Athlete of the Year as part of the Oregon Sports Awards presented by Nike, it was announced Sunday evening at the Oregon Sports Awards show held in Beaverton, Ore.

Around The Forest: 1860 Munich suffer double relegation

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Grab your favorite morning beverage and catch up!

Portland:

Tobin Heath has a future with Portland Thorns
Portland Thorns fans have not seen Tobin Heath in action this season. But Heath's presence will be a factor for the Thorns in the future. Last week, the National Women's Soccer League club announced Heath will play a role in its new youth development academy.

United States

USA down Germany to kick off women’s football SheBelieves Cup

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The United States launched their 2017 season with a 1-0 victory over Germany on Wednesday in a duel of FIFA’s top-ranked women’s teams in the SheBelieves Cup women’s tournament.

Lynn Williams scored in the 56th minute to give the United States the victory in the second match of a double-header in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

USA World Champion

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In reality the World Cup final between Japan and the USA was over in the first 16 minutes, when USA was leading 4-0. The Americans, and most notably Carli Lloyd, had started like lightning, while the Japanese defense had not realized that the match had started. Japan's defense was dreadful during most of the match, but this does not take the credit away from the USA.

Crystal Dunn

WoSo Week in Review: Tobin Heath, NWSL expansion, and more

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U.S. Soccer names their POTY, NCFC wants to join the NWSL, and more

This week in women's soccer, Tobin Heath was named U.S. Soccer Player of the Year and North Carolina FC expressed interest in joining the NWSL. Also, FC Kansas City's general manager resigned after four years with the club.

USA 4, Switzerland 0: Five things we learned

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Lots of lessons to learn, even in a 4-0 win for the USWNT.

The United States women's national team blitzed Switzerland in the second half of a friendly on Wednesday night at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

After a tight first half where the USA struggled to gain control, it started the second half quickly and never looked back.

MATCH RECAP: Portland Thorns FC 0, Washington Spirit 0

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Heath sees red as Thorns remain unbeaten after road draw against the Spirit

Portland Thorns FC continued a streak that goes back to their inaugural season of going unbeaten in their opening four matches after their Saturday afternoon match against the Washington Spirit ended scoreless. Spirit forward Crystal Dunn hit the woodwork in the dying minutes and Thorns midfielder Tobin Heath was sent off in the second half.

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MATCH RECAP: Portland Thorns FC 3, Houston Dash 0

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Thorns celebrate playoff berth with dominant win, Long tallies brace and Sinclair scores late

On the night they clinched a playoff berth, Portland Thorns FC put in an overwhelming display to down the Houston Dash 3-0 in front of 13,752 fans at Providence Park. Two goals from Allie Long were complemented by a late Christine Sinclair goal to secure all three points.

MATCH RECAP: Portland Thorns FC 2, Orlando Pride 1

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Thorns earn come-from-behind win over expansion club Orlando Pride to open 2016 NWSL season

Tobin Heath notched two assists as Portland Thorns FC came back to beat the Orlando Pride 2-1 Sunday night at Providence Park in front of 16,073 fans. Dagny Brynjarsdottir and Lindsey Horan scored for Portland after Orlando had taken the lead through Stephanie Catley.

The Rest

Thorns vs. Red Stars: Preview, Analysis, Full Coverage

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The Thorns return home to meet the Red Stars in the final match of the regular season. Both teams are assured of a semifinal appearance, so both will likely be playing to get the best possible result while avoiding injuries to key players and resting as many critical starters as much as possible.

One of the most interesting stories of the match may well be the second appearance of the season for Portland's Tobin Heath, whose long-awaited return in Orlando last week was limited to the final half-hour of the match.

ICYMI: Internet Rejoices Over Scrap of Tobin Heath News

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Twitter collectively sat down and breathed into a paper bag yesterday evening, when Jamie Goldberg at the Oregonian reported that Tobin Heath would probably be fit in time for the NWSL postseason.

The news was confirmed by the big boss himself, Merritt Paulson, in a since-deleted tweet:

Re: Tobin Heath, another update.

Tobin Heath Named US Soccer Female Player of the Year

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Heath scored 7 goals and 18 assists in 36 appearances between the Thorns and US Women's National Team

Portland Thorns midfielder Tobin Heath has been named the 2016 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year.

Heath captured 40 percent of the vote following breakout seasons with the Thorns and the United States Women's National Team, helping lead the Thorns to the 2016 NWSL Shield and being named to 2016 NWSL Best XI.

Stewart assumes all duties, waiver draft today, Rosenberry homegrown claim denied, more

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Earnie Stewart, to be introduced on Thursday, "has now assumed all duties"." Union's homegrown claim on Keegan Rosenberry denied. USL Players Union forming. More.