Tobin Heath

Tobin Powell Heath (born May 29, 1988) is an American professional soccer player. She currently plays professionally for Portland Thorns FC of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States women's national soccer team. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a two-time FIFA Women's World Cup winner with the United States women's national soccer team. She has also won two NWSL Championships with the Portland Thorns. Heath is described as "perhaps the USA's most skillful player" by the United States Soccer Federation,[3] and she was voted the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in 2016. Heath usually plays as a flank midfielder or an attacking midfielder. She was the first overall pick in Women's Professional Soccer 2010 draft. Heath's career started with the New Jersey Wildcats in 2004–05, Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues in 2007 and Pali Blues in 2009. Her college career was with the North Carolina Tar Heels between 2006 and 2009 coinciding with her time on the Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues. Her professional career began in the Women's Professional Soccer league, spending one season (2010) with Atlanta Beat, one season with Sky Blue FC (2011) and one season with the New York Fury until the Women's Professional Soccer league folded in 2012. She played in France with Paris Saint-Germain for the 2013–14 season before moving on to her current club, Portland Thorns FC, when the NWSL was established.

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Heath with the United States women's national soccer team in September 2017
Personal information
Full name Tobin Powell Heath[1]
Date of birth May 29, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Morristown, New Jersey, U.S.[2]
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Portland Thorns FC
Number 17
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 North Carolina Tar Heels 93 (19)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 New Jersey Wildcats 7 (1)
2007 Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues 5 (5)
2009 Pali Blues 6 (1)
2010 Atlanta Beat 3 (0)
2011 Sky Blue FC 12 (0)
2012 New York Fury 1 (0)
2013–2014 Paris Saint-Germain 15 (4)
2013– Portland Thorns FC 58 (8)
National team
2008– United States 156 (30)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 3, 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of July 7, 2019

Early life and education

Heath was born in Morristown, New Jersey, to parents Jeff and Cindy Heath. She grew up in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Heath's closest cousin, Dawn Fulmer (Dawn Jennings) also lived in New Jersey at the time and owned the school Tobin and her siblings attended. Heath has a younger brother, Jeffrey, and two older sisters, Perry and Katie, who are active in Athletes in Action and Champions for Christ. Heath started playing soccer at the age of 4 in the back of a YMCA.[4][5] She has described herself as a proud and devout follower of the Christian faith and is very close to her family.[6][7]

Heath graduated from Ridge High School in Basking Ridge in 2006, where she played soccer for three years.[8] She also played for the 2003 Club National Champion PDA Wildcats team.[9] Heath was ranked as the No. 2 recruit in the nation in the Class of 2006 by Soccer Buzz magazine and was named to the Parade Magazine All-America team in 2005.[10][11]

North Carolina Tar Heels

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Heath after the National Championship game at SAS Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, on December 3, 2006

Heath committed to attend the University of North Carolina (UNC) when she was due to begin her junior year at high school. She did not play soccer in her senior year, instead she decided to train with boys.[12] In her consensus freshman year in 2006 with the Tar Heels, she was part of the All-America 2006 national championship team and made 23 appearances at left midfield (22 of them were starts), scoring four goals and assisting nine.[12] As a sophomore, she scored two goals, assisting another five and was named to the First-Team NSCAA All-American and First-Team All-ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference).[12] As a junior, she scored eight goals with eight assists, this helped the UNC to a 25–1–2 record and the NCAA title.[12]

As a senior at UNC, she was involved in fifteen Tar Heels goals, five of them she scored and assisted 10. The team compiled a record of 23–3–1 and recorded 1–0 victories in both the NCAA semi-final and championship game. She was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team and also the first runner-up for the MAC Hermann Trophy, given to the college soccer's top player.[12]

Heath helped lead UNC to NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship titles in 2006, 2008 and 2009[13] and four straight Atlantic Coast Conference titles. UNC soccer coach Anson Dorrance notes that Heath preferred to nutmeg opposing players rather than dribble the ball around them.[14]

Club career

Women's Professional Soccer, 2010–11

In 2010, she was the first overall pick in the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) 2010 college draft and was selected by the expansion team Atlanta Beat. After suffering an injury to her right ankle in her third appearance for the Beat, she missed the remainder of the 2010 season.[15] She started in all three of her appearances for the club.[16]

On December 10, 2010, Heath, along with Beat teammates Eniola Aluko and Angie Kerr, were traded to Sky Blue FC in return for the fourth and eighth pick in the 2011 WPS Draft as well as future considerations.[17] Heath made twelve appearances for Sky Blue, starting in three games.[16] The team finished fifth during regular season play with 5 wins, 4 draws, and 9 losses.[18]

New York Fury, 2012

With the folding of WPS in 2012, Heath joined New York Fury of the WPSL Elite League.[19] At the start of the season, she was recovering from an ankle injury. Afterwards, she played one game with New York Fury and was later called to the national team.[20]

Paris Saint-Germain, 2013–2014

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Heath playing for PSG against FCF Juvisy on March 23, 2013

In 2013, Heath signed a six-month contract with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the top-tier French league, Division 1 Féminine until the end of the season on May 23, 2013.[21] She scored five goals in the twelve appearances she made for the club.[22] Her six-month spell was referred as her education, from the Portland Thorns FC website.[23]

Heath returned to PSG from Portland Thorns FC in September 2013 until June 2014, after she had a sore right foot in the 2013 NWSL Championship.[24] During her second spell with the club, she made seven appearances without scoring.[25]

Portland Thorns FC, 2013–present

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Heath with the Thorns in 2016

The newly established National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced on January 11, 2013 that Heath was one of the seven players allocated to the Portland Thorns FC for their initial roster as part of the NWSL Player Allocation.[26] After completing the season with Paris-Saint Germain, she joined the Thorns in July 2013, helping them attain a third-place finish in the NWSL. The Thorns won the 2013 NWSL Championship after defeating the Western New York Flash 2–0, with Heath scoring the game-winning goal from a direct free kick.[27][28] She was voted as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the championship game.[29]

During the beginning of the 2016 NWSL season, Heath notched five assists in five games – two of them in a 2–1 victory over the Orlando Pride, and earned the title of NWSL Player of the Month for April.[30] She also scored her first goal of the 2016 season against the Washington Spirit,[31] which was voted NWSL goal of the week by fans. She was also named NWSL Player of the Week for week 6.[32] Heath notched her 10th assist of the season in Portland's final game against Sky Blue FC, breaking the NWSL's previous record of 9 assists by a single player in one regular season.[33] She was named as the team's captain when Christine Sinclair was injured during the season.[34]

Heath missed the majority of the 2017 NWSL season, while nursing a lingering back injury which kept her out of play. It was first described as a minor injury that was expected to result in a short spell out of play, with an estimated return date listed as May 27 against the Boston Breakers.[35] The back injury lasted longer than thought so she was sent to Los Angeles and was treated by her coaching staff.[36] Heath was removed from the disabled list and added to the active roster on August 28.[37] It was announced in May that she would take up a role within the team's Development Academy as Youth Technical Director.[38] Heath returned in time for end of the season, her NWSL season debut was on September 23 vs Orlando Pride at the 60th minute.[39] She made her first start on October 7 against the same team in the NWSL Championship Semi-final. She helped her team reach the final of the play-offs with an assist for Emily Sonnett in a 4–1 win,[40] and participated in a 1–0 win over North Carolina Courage to win the NWSL Championship.[41]

Heath suffered an ankle injury during the 2017 NWSL Championship game and underwent surgery at the beginning of 2018.[42] She missed the first four games of the 2018 NWSL season as she was still recovering from surgery. Heath returned to the Thorns lineup on April 28 against the Utah Royals, where she entered the game in the 57th minute and scored a goal 10 minutes later. The game ended in a 1–1 draw.[43] Heath scored 7 goals and added 7 assists during the regular season. She was named to the NWSL Team of the Month for August. Heath scored another goal in Portland's 2–1 win over the Seattle Reign in the semi-final, setting up a re-match with the North Carolina Courage in the final. Portland was defeated by the Courage 3–0 in the final.[44] Heath was named one of five nominees for NWSL Most Valuable Player, her Thorns teammate Lindsay Horan won the award.[45] Heath was named to the 2018 NWSL Best XI.[46]

Heath started the 2019 season quite positively. She won both the NWSL Goal of the Week and Player of the Week for the first week of play.[47] [48]

International career

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Heath (center) celebrating the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup win at the ticker-tape victory parade in New York City, July 2015

National youth teams

Heath played on several youth national teams – including the U-16s in 2003–2004 and the U-17s in 2004–05.[49] Heath was a standout at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship in Russia, despite being of the last players chosen for the World Cup roster.[50] In total Heath made 24 appearances for the USA Women's U-20 National TeamU-20s in 2006, scoring five goals. Heath was part of the silver medal winning USA Women's team at the 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil where she was in the starting lineup for the championship game.[51]

Senior national team debut, 2008

Heath made her first appearance for the senior national team on January 18, 2008 against Finland in the Four Nations Tournament in China.[52] She was named to the U.S roster for 2008 Summer Olympics at the age of 20. She earned three caps during the tournament as the U.S went on to win the Gold Medal. Heath was one of three college athletes who represented the U.S. at the 2008 Olympics. In 2008, Heath earned 17 caps and scored two goals. Her first international goal came against China at the 2008 Algarve Cup.[52]

2009–2010

Heath was named the 2009 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year and earned two more caps for the USWNT in 2009, both appearances came against Canada in July. She did not play for the USA in 2010 due to an illness and a major ankle injury suffered during the WPS season which required surgery.[3]

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup

Heath made her FIFA Women's World Cup debut at the age of 23 during the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany. Her first appearance came in the second half of U.S's group-stage match against Colombia.[53] Heath made four appearances during the World Cup, her final three appearances came in the knockout round. In the World Cup final, Heath entered the game in the 116th minute of extra time. The game finished tied 2–2 and went to penalties. Heath was the third U.S to take a penalty, her shot was saved by the Japanese keeper and the U.S lost 3–1 on penalties.[54]

2012 London Olympics

Heath was a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team and played in all six matches. She started and played the full 90 in four of the six games and recorded three assists during the tournament. Her first assist came against France, during the groups stage, where she sent a crossing pass to Alex Morgan who scored the last goal of the match making the final score 4–2.[55] The second assist, against Colombia, she played a one-two pass with Wambach who scored the second in a 3–0 win.[56] Her final assist of the tournament came in the quarter-finals against New Zealand, at the 87th minute, when she provided a long ball down the left flank to Sydney Leroux, who scored through the legs of the goalkeeper Jenny Bindon, sealing the match at the final score of 2–0.[57]

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

Heath was a regular starter on the U.S. National Women's Team at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada, starting five of the U.S.'s seven games.[58] In the World Cup Final, Heath scored in the 54th minute, on an assist from Morgan Brian. The U.S won the World Cup by defeating Japan 5–2[59]

2016 Rio Olympics

Heath scored two goals for the U.S during 2016 Olympic Qualifying, helping the U.S to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[60]

Heath participated in her third Olympic Games in 2016. She appeared in three games for the U.S and recorded two assists. The U.S team was eliminated by Sweden on penalties in the quarter-finals.[61][62][63] Heath was named NWSL Olympics Player of Match Day 1[64] and 2[65] in fan voting.

In 2016 Heath appeared in 20 games for the U.S, she scored 6 goals and added 8 assists. Heath was named 2016 U.S Soccer Female Player of the Year after receiving 40% of the vote, Crystal Dunn came in second with 34% of the vote.[66]

2017

After appearing in all three games at the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, Heath would only make one more appearance for the U.S in 2017 due to a nagging back injury and an ankle injury suffered in the 2017 NWSL Championship game.[67]

2018

After undergoing ankle surgery in January 2018, Heath made her return to the field on June 12 in a friendly against China, where she scored the match winner in a 2–1 victory.[68] At the 2018 Tournament of Nations Heath scored in the final game against Brazil, helping the U.S to a 4–1 victory. The U.S won the tournament by goal differential over Australia.[69]

Heath scored 4 goals at the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship, which included two goals in a semi-final match against Jamaica. The U.S won that game 6–0 and clinched a spot in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.[70] She was named to the Best XI for the CONCACAF Women's Championship.[71]

Heath finished 2018 with 7 goals and 6 assists, while only appearing in 10 games. She was one of five nominees for the 2018 U.S Female Player of the Year, Alex Morgan won the award.[72]

Club statistics

Correct as of April 30, 2018

Club League Cup Play-offs Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Paris Saint-Germain[101]
2012–2013 8 4 4 1 12 5
2013–2014 7 0 2 0 2[a] 0 11 0
Totals 15 4 6 1 2 0 23 5
Portland Thorns[102][103]
2013 7 0 2 2 9 2
2014 5 0 1 0 6 0
2015 12 1 12 1
2016 14 1 1 0 15 1
2017 2 0 2 0 4 0
2018 17 7 2 1 19 8
Totals 57 9 8 3 65 12
Career totals 72 13 6 1 8 3 2 0 88 17
  1. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Women's Champions League

Honors and awards

College

University of North Carolina

International

League

Individual

Personal life

Heath is a devout Christian.[123] Aside from soccer, Heath has said she enjoys playing a multitude of sports, such as tennis and surfing, and enjoys being outside when given the time and opportunity.[53][124] Tobin's first name is her great-grandmother's surname.[124]

In popular culture

Video games

Heath is featured along with her national teammates in the EA Sports' FIFA video game series in FIFA 16, the first time women players were included in the game.[125] In September 2015, she was ranked by EA Sports as the No. 15 women's player in the game.[126]

Ticker tape parade and White House honor

Following the United States' win at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, Heath and her teammates became the first women's sports team to be honored with a Ticker tape parade in New York City.[127] Each player received a key to the city from Mayor Bill de Blasio.[128] In October of the same year, the team was honored by President Barack Obama at the White House.[129]

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External links

2016 CONCACAF Awards

The shortlists were announced on 15 December 2016. The results were announced on 18 January 2017.

2016 National Women's Soccer League season

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To accommodate the 2016 Olympics the league suspended play for most of the month of August. In addition, the league did not schedule games during FIFA windows, leaving the 20-game, 19-week regular season ending in late September for the second year in a row.

2016 Portland Thorns FC season

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2017 Portland Thorns FC season

The 2017 Portland Thorns FC season was the team's and the league's fifth season of existence. The Thorns played in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the top division of women's soccer in the United States. The Thorns had finished in first place in the 2016 season, but failed to advance from the semifinals in the 2016 NWSL playoffs. With a slogan of "Unfinished Business", they qualified for the NWSL playoffs as the 2nd ranked team in the 2017 regular season. In the playoffs, they defeated the Orlando Pride and then the North Carolina Courage to become 2017 NWSL Champions. It was their second championship, following the first in 2013.

This page covers from the day after the 2016 NWSL final to the day of the 2017 NWSL final.

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The off-season brought significant changes, with FC Kansas City and the Boston Breakers ceasing operations, while new club Utah Royals FC joined the league. The 2018 season began on March 24, and ended on September 8. Teams once again played 24 regular-season games this year, with the top four teams making a single-elimination playoff. The North Carolina Courage won the NWSL Shield with 15 more points than second place Thorns. The NWSL Playoffs began on September 15 with the two semifinal matches, which were won by the Thorns and the Courage. The NWSL Championship Game was held on September 22 at Providence Park in Portland. The Courage won 3–0, becoming the first team to win both the NWSL Shield and the NWSL Championship in the same season.

2018 Portland Thorns FC season

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2019 National Women's Soccer League season

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The league is operated by the United States Soccer Federation and receives major financial backing from that body. Further financial backing is provided by the Canadian Soccer Association. Both national federations pay the league salaries of many of their respective national team members in an effort to nurture talent in those nations and take the financial burden of individual clubs.

2019 Portland Thorns FC season

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Carli Lloyd

Carli Anne Hollins (née Lloyd; born July 16, 1982) is an American soccer player. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist (2008 and 2012), two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion (2015 and 2019), two-time FIFA Player of the Year (2015 and 2016), and a three-time Olympian (2008, 2012, 2016). She currently plays for Sky Blue FC in the National Women's Soccer League and the United States women's national soccer team as a midfielder. Lloyd scored the gold medal-winning goals in the finals of the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics. She captained the United States to victory in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup as well as appearing in the 2007, 2011, and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cups. Lloyd has made over 280 appearances for the U.S. national team, placing her third in caps, and has the fourth-most goals and seventh-most assists for the team.

During the United States' 5–2 win over Japan in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, Lloyd became the first player ever to score three goals in a FIFA Women's World Cup final, and the second soccer player ever to score a hat-trick in any senior FIFA World Cup Final, after Geoff Hurst. Lloyd scored three goals in the first 16 minutes of the final, with the first two occurring in the first five minutes of the game and within three minutes of each other. She received the Golden Ball Trophy as the best player of the tournament and earned the Silver Boot for her six goals and one assist during the tournament.She previously played for the Chicago Red Stars, Sky Blue FC, and Atlanta Beat in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). In 2013, she was allocated to the Western New York Flash for the inaugural season of the NWSL and helped her team win the regular season championship. After two seasons with the Flash, she was traded to Houston Dash prior to the 2015 season, and then to Sky Blue before the 2018 season. Her memoir, When Nobody Was Watching, was published in September 2016.

Julie Ertz

Julie Beth Ertz (née Johnston; born April 6, 1992) is an American soccer player and FIFA Women's World Cup champion. She plays as a midfielder for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the highest division of women's professional soccer in the United States, and the United States women's national soccer team. She first appeared for the United States national team during an international friendly against Scotland on February 9, 2013. She has since made 87 total appearances for the team and scored 19 goals.

Ertz has represented the United States at two FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments in 2015 and 2019. At 23, she was the second youngest member of the 2015 team behind 22-year-old Morgan Brian. The United States went on to the World Cup final where she played every minute of all seven games of the tournament and was subsequently named to the FIFA Women's World Cup All-Star Team.

Ertz played collegiate soccer with the Santa Clara University Broncos from 2010 to 2013. Following her collegiate career, Ertz was selected third overall by the Chicago Red Stars in the 2014 NWSL College Draft that took place on January 17, 2014. She is in her fifth season with the Red Stars to date.

After moving to center midfield for club and country in 2017, Ertz was awarded U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year.

Ertz was again nominated for U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year in 2018 alongside Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, and Megan Rapinoe.

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NWSL Player Allocation

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Player Allocation distributed the national team players that would be paid for by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), and the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) to the eight founding teams of the NWSL. The initial allocation list was announced on January 9, 2013, with the results for the 55 national team players announced two days later. From tweets concerning the first trade in the league between Seattle and Chicago, the allocations looked to be effective for at least the first two NWSL seasons, though this was later shown to be not true as Keelin Winters, who was involved in said trade, was signed as a free agent in the 2013-14 offseason. The 2014 Allocation was reduced to 50 players, Mexico dropping eight slots and the United States adding three. Since 2016, Mexico has not allocated players to the NWSL.

NWSL Player of the Month

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In June 2007, Wasserman expanded its consulting and media and property capabilities by purchasing Raleigh, North Carolina-based OnSport.In early 2011, Wasserman bought London-based media rights manager and advisory firm Reel Enterprises.That year Wasserman expanded its golf talent roster by acquiring SFX Golf in April 2011.

Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)
Location Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred
Sorted by country name first, then by city name
Lineup Start – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time

off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
(c) – captain
Sorted by minutes played

Goal in match Goal of total goals by the player in the match
Sorted by total goals followed by goal number
# NumberOfGoals.goalNumber scored by the player in the match (alternate notation to Goal in match)
Min The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.
Assist/pass The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.
penalty or pk Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)
Score The match score after the goal was scored.
Sorted by goal difference, then by goal scored by the player's team
Result The final score.

Sorted by goal difference in the match, then by goal difference in penalty-shoot-out if it is taken, followed by goal scored by the player's team in the match, then by goal scored in the penalty-shoot-out. For matches with identical final scores, match ending in extra-time without penalty-shoot-out is a tougher match, therefore precede matches that ended in regulation

aet The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation
pso Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time
Light-purple background colorexhibition or closed door international friendly match
Light-yellow background color – match at an invitational tournament
Light-orange background color – Olympic women's football qualification match
Light-blue background color – FIFA women's world cup qualification match
Pink background color – Continental Games or regional tournament
Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament
Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament
NOTE on background colors: Continental Games or regional tournament are sometimes also qualifier for World Cup or Olympics; information depends on the source such as the player's federation.

NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player


Goal
Date Location Opponent Lineup Min Assist/pass Score Result Competition
1 2008-03-05[m 1] Albufeira  China PR

on 46' (off Tarpley)

47 unassisted

2–0

4–0

2008 Algarve Cup
2 2008-04-04[m 2] Juárez  Jamaica

on 46' (off Lloyd)

95+ Lauren Holiday

6–0

6–0

2008 Olympic qualifier: Group A
3 2011-11-19[m 3] Glendale  Sweden

on 46' (off Rodriguez)

81 Alex Morgan

1–1

1–1

Friendly
4 2012-01-20[m 4] Vancouver  Dominican

off 46' (on Rodriguez)

30 Heather O'Reilly

6–0

14–0

2012 Olympic qualifier: Group B
5 2012-01-27[m 5] Vancouver  Costa Rica

off 63' (on Morgan)

16 Shannon Boxx

1–0

3–0

2012 Olympic qualifier: Semifinal
6 2012-06-16[m 6] Halmstad  Sweden

on 46' (off O'Reilly)

56 Abby Wambach

3–1

3–1

2012 Volvo Winners Cup
7 2012-10-23[m 7] East Hartford  Germany

on 63' (off O'Reilly)

67 Alex Morgan

2–1

2–2

Friendly
8 2013-04-9[m 8] The Hague  Netherlands Start 36 Sydney Leroux

1–0

3–1

Friendly
9 2014-09-18[m 9] Rochester  Mexico

off 46' (on O'Reilly)

44 Amy Rodriguez

3–0

4–0

Friendly
10 2014-10-17[m 10] Chicago  Guatemala Start 7 Sydney Leroux

1–0

5–0

2014 CONCACAF Championship
11 57 Carli Lloyd

3–0

12 2015-07-05[m 11] Vancouver  Japan

off 79' (on Wambach)

54 Morgan Brian

5–2

5–2

2015 FIFA World Cup: Final
13 2016-02-19[m 12] Houston  Trinidad Start 12 Mallory Pugh

1–0

5–0

2016 Olympic qualifier: semifinal
14 2016-02-21[m 13] Houston  Canada Start 61 Mallory Pugh

2–0

2–0

2016 Olympic qualifier: final
15 2016-04-06[m 14] East Hartford  Colombia Start 62 Crystal Dunn

5–0

7–0

Friendly
16 2016-09-15[m 15] Columbus  Thailand

off 46' (on Rapinoe)

36 Carli Lloyd

4–0

9–0

Friendly
17 2016-10-19[m 16] Sandy   Switzerland

off 76' (on Hatch)

61 Crystal Dunn

2–0

4–0

Friendly
18 2016-11-10[m 17] San Jose  Romania Start 10 Christen Press

2–0

8–1

Friendly
19 2018-06-12 [m 18] Cleveland  China PR

on 64' (off Morgan)

75 Christen Press 2–1 2–1 Friendly
20 2018-08-02 [m 19] Bridgeview  Brazil

off 69' (on Short)

61 Alex Morgan 3–1 4–1 2018 Tournament of Nations
21 2018-09-04 [m 20] San Jose  Chile

off 61' (on Rodriguez)

38 Tierna Davidson 2–0 4–0 Friendly
22 2018-10-04 [m 21] Cary  Mexico

off 77' (on Pugh)

61 Crystal Dunn 4–0 6–0 2018 CONCACAF Championship
23 2018-10-10 [m 22] Cary  Trinidad and Tobago Start 58 Megan Rapinoe 7–0 7–0 2018 CONCACAF Championship
24 2018-10-14 [m 23] Frisco  Jamaica Start 2 unassisted

1–0

7–0

2018 CONCACAF Championship Semi-final
25 29 Lindsay Horan

4–0

26 2019-03-02 [m 24] Nashville  England Start 67 unassisted 2–2 2–2 2019 SheBelieves Cup
27 2019-03-05 [m 25] Tampa  Brazil

off 87' (on McDonald)

20 unassisted 1–0 1–0 2019 SheBelieves Cup
28 2019-04-04 [m 26] Commerce City  Australia Start 53 Emily Sonnett 2–2 5–3 Friendly
29 2019-05-16 [m 27] St. Louis  New Zealand

off 72' (on Press)

35 Megan Rapinoe 1–0 5–0 Friendly
30 2019-05-26 [m 28] Harrison  Mexico

off 71' (on Sonnett)

11 unassisted 1–0 3–0 Friendly
Match Date Location Opponent Lineup Result Competition
2008 Women's Olympic Football Tournament
1
2008-08-06[73] Qinhuangdao, China  Norway

on 78' (off Cox)

0–2 L Group stage
2
2008-08-09[74]  Japan

on 73' (off Tarpley)

1–0 W Group stage
3
2008-08-15[75] Shanghai, China  Canada

on 82' (off Tarpley)

2–1 W Quarter-final
2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
4
2011-07-02[76] Sinsheim, Germany  Colombia

on 62' (off O'Reilly)

3–0 W Group stage
5
2011-07-10[77] Dresden, Germany  Brazil

on 108' (off O'Reilly)

2–2 (pso 3–5) W Quarter-final
6
2011-07-13[78] Mönchengladbach, Germany  France

on 87' (off O'Reilly)

3–1 W Semi-final
7
2011-07-17[79] Frankfurt, Germany  Japan

on 114' (off Rapinoe)

2–2 (pso 3–1) L Final
2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament
8
2012-07-25[80] Glasgow, Scotland  France Start 4–2 W Group stage
9
2012-07-28[81]  Colombia

on 67' (off O'Reilly)

3–0 W Group stage
10
2012-07-31[82] Manchester, England  North Korea

on 46' (off Rapinoe)

1–0 W Group stage
11
2012-08-03[83] Newcastle, England  New Zealand Start 2–0 W Quarter-final
12
2012-08-06[84] Manchester, England  Canada Start 4–3 W Semi-final
13
2012-08-09[85] London, England  Japan Start 2–1 W Gold medal match
2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
14
2015-06-08[86] Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada  Australia

on 61' (off Press)

3–1 W Group stage
15
2015-06-16[87] Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada  Nigeria

off 80' (on Rampone)

1–0 W Group stage
16
2015-06-22[88] Edmonton, Alberta, Canada  Colombia Start 2–0 W Round of 16
17
2015-06-26[89] Ottawa, Ontario, Canada  China PR Start 1–0 W Quarter-final
18
2015-06-30[90] Montreal, Quebec, Canada  Germany

off 75' (on O'Hara)

2–0 W Semi-final
19
2015-07-05[91] Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada  Japan

off 79' (on Wambach)

5–2 W Final
2016 Women's Olympic Football Tournament
20
2016-08-03[92] Belo Horizonte, Brazil  New Zealand Start 2–0 W Group stage
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2016-08-06[93]  France Start 1–0 W Group stage
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2016-08-12[94] Brasília, Brazil  Sweden Start 1–1 (pso 4–3) (L) Quarter-final
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
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2019-06-11[95] Reims, France  Thailand

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13–0 W Group stage
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2019-06-20[96] Le Havre, France  Sweden Start 2–0 W Group stage
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2019-06-24[97] Reims, France  Spain Start 2–1 W Round of 16
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2019-06-28[98] Paris, France  France Start 2–1 W Quarter-final
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2019-07-02[99] Décines-Charpieu, France  England

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2–1 W Semi-final
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2019-07-07[100]  Netherlands

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2–0 W Final
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