Bio: Highly regarded as one of the most technically gifted and skillful dribblers on the U.S. Women’s National Team, Heath has parlayed her creativity and confidence with the ball into a key role both as a starter and substitute for the national team.
Acquired: Allocated to Portland Thorns FC via the NWSL National Team allocation process on Jan. 11, 2013.
U.S. National Team
2012: Heath appeared in 26 matches (16 starts) for the United States during a busy 2012 campaign … Registered three assists in six matches during the 2012 London Olympics … Finished the year with four goals and seven assists, both career highs … 2011: Played in 15 games (2 starts), scoring one goal and adding two assists … Appeared in four matches as a substitute during the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup … Played in the tournament’s quarterfinal, semifinal and final match in her first World Cup at the senior international level … 2010: Missed the year as she recovered from illness and a major ankle injury sustained during the WPS season … 2009: Was named the 2009 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year … Appeared in two matches for the U.S. , both against Canada … 2008: Made her national team debut in March against Finland in the Four Nations Tournament … At 20-years-old, was the youngest player named to the 2008 Beijing Olympics roster … Made three substitute appearances during the tournament … Earned 17 caps for the team during the year … Youth National Teams: Started for the silver medal-winning U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team at the Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007 … Was a standout player during the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup … Also saw time with the U-21, U-17 and U-14 National Teams.
2012: Appeared in one match for the New York Fury of the WPSL Elite … 2011: Played 12 matches for Sky Blue FC, registering one assist … 2010: Was selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 WPS Draft by the expansion Atlanta Beat … Played in three matches before suffering a serious ankle injury which would ultimately require surgery … Traded to Sky Blue FC on Dec. 10 with Eniola Aluko and Angie Kerr in exchange for a pair of first-round draft picks in the 2011 WPS Draft.
Won a second consecutive, and third overall, NCAA Championship with North Carolina as a senior in 2009, helping the team to a 23-3-1 record …Was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team … Finished her UNC career with 19 goals and 32 assists … Was the first runner-up for the Hermann Trophy as a senior … Helped lead the Tar Heels to the NCAA Championship as a junior and was named a Second-Team All-American in 2008 … Was named a freshman All-American on North Carolina’s title-winning team in 2006.
Noted for her laid back style and attitude off the field, Heath enjoys playing most sports is also a talented tennis player … Has also tried out her skills on a surfboard and was known to skateboard around campus at UNC … Her juggling and ball trick skills have been featured several times on YouTube with a 2011 video titled “Trick Shot Battle” with Yael Averbuch registered 40,000 hits in four days and is currently nearing the 200,000 views mark.