USWNT’s Tobin Heath Close to Joining Arsenal in WSL

Tobin Heath at the Olympics in 2021
Tobin Heath at the Olympics in 2021. Photo by DPPI/Photo Kishimoto/LiveMedia/Shutterstock (12243253az)

After an injury-plagued stint with Manchester United, USWNT’s forward Tobin Heath will get a new chance to leave her stamp in England’s Women’s Super League. According to multiple reports, Heath is close to joining United’s rivals Arsenal on a free transfer.

UK media outlet Telegraph reports that the two sides have been engaged in negotiations for some time now, and the talks have been described as “positive.” There are few minor things left to sort out, including a second part of the player’s medical, after which Heath will ink a two-year deal.

Heath joined Man Utd in September 2020, inking a one-year deal with the club alongside her USWNT teammate Christen Press. The 33-year-old star had a great start in England, scoring four goals in eight matches and being selected WSL Player of the Month for November. Unfortunately, an ankle injury in January and subsequent knee injury sidelined her for the remainder of the season and prompted the club not to renew her contract.

Tobin Heath left the biggest mark in NWSL, where she played seven seasons with the Portland Thorns. She helped the club win two NWSL titles while earning a number of individual accolades, including the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year award in 2016.

Heath also found success with United States Women’s national team, being part of the squad that won two World Cups and two Olympics gold. She made a total of 177 international appearances and scored 35 goals.