Tobin Heath’s contract with Arsenal was terminated by mutual consent in April. Photo by ANP via Getty Images
United States Women’s National Team star Tobin Heath has signed for the NWSL’s OL Reign after his playing rights were swapped with Racing Louisville, the clubs announced on Thursday.
Heath, 34, signed for the remainder of the 2022 season with the option to extend until 2023. OL Reign traded their 2nd round pick in the 2023 NWSL Draft, which was acquired from Angel City FC, as well as its natural choice of the 4th round. and $50,000 in allowance.
Heath was released from her contract with Arsenal in April after picking up a hamstring injury which ruled her out for the remainder of the season when her contract was due to expire. Having joined after a short spell with WSL rivals Manchester United, Heath made a total of 18 appearances for Arsenal, scoring three goals.
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“This is a very special time for our club as we add another great player to our squad. Tobin has an incredible spirit and rich history in the NWSL, and has a proven ability to change the game,” said said OL Reign head coach Laura. Harvey. “Tobin’s ability to create and finish chances adds something unique, which I think will help elevate our group. Tobin’s experience in the league will be a great asset to our group.”
The reign has also been linked with a transfer of Paris Saint-Germain striker Jordyn Huitema. The Canadian international announced on Instagram on Thursday that she would be leaving PSG, writing that “it’s time to start a new adventure, and I couldn’t be more excited!”
Heath previously spent seven years with the Portland Thorns, where she helped the club win two NWSL Championship titles. Racing Louisville originally selected Heath’s greens from the Thorns in the 2020 NWSL Expansion Draft.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to play alongside world-class players here, for Laura Harvey as a coach, and in front of the incredible community of supporters,” Heath said after his time at OL Reign. “We are all eager to win a title, and I hope I can help OL Reign achieve that goal.”
After making his debut in 2008, Heath made 181 appearances for the USWNT, scoring 36 goals and adding 42 assists. However, she hasn’t been included in Vlatko Andonovski’s roster for next month’s CONCACAF W 2022 Championship.