US forward Tobin Heath staying in English soccer at Arsenal
LONDON — (AP) — United States international Tobin Heath is staying in English soccer. The 33-year-old forward signed for Arsenal in the Women’s Super League on Friday, having played at Manchester United last season. Heath has played 177 times for the U.S. team, winning the World Cup twice. She returned from a long injury absence to play at the Tokyo Olympics, where she helped the Americans win a bronze medal. "She’s an incredibly talented player who will bring so much experience to our squad.”___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsCopyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Alex Morgan finally makes debut in English soccer
Tottenham Hotspur's Alex Morgan warms up ahead of the the English Women's Super League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Reading at the Hive stadium in London, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON – Nearly two months after signing, American superstar Alex Morgan finally made her debut for Tottenham as a second-half substitute in a 1-1 draw against Reading in the Women’s Super League on Saturday. Morgan came on in the 69th minute and didn't score in her first match in around 15 months, having given birth in May to daughter Charlie Elena Carrasco. She is among a raft of American players to have moved to English soccer for this season, with Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis at Manchester City, and Tobin Heath and Christen Press at Manchester United. ___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
English women's soccer targets titles, player development
Manchester United's Tobin Heath celebrates scoring against West Ham United during the FA Women's Super League match at Victoria Road Stadium, London, Sunday Oct. 18, 2020. (John Walton/PA via AP)LONDON – England’s soccer leadership has a couple of priorities for the women’s teams. “We, of course, want to win a major tournament. But to do that, we don’t want to just win a major tournament once. We want to continue to win a major tournament for years ahead."
Man United recruit Heath eager to play at Old Trafford again
LONDON – Stepping back inside Old Trafford this week took Tobin Heath back eight years, to one of the wildest Olympic soccer matches ever played. Heath will soon be hoping to play at Old Trafford again. “This is huge for a club like this to have a women’s team,” Heath said. Strange too for Heath that the scheduled November meeting with Arsenal will be at the Leigh Sports Village on the outskirts of Manchester rather than Old Trafford. “I had all the feels when going back there," she said, “and any footballer’s dream would be to play for Manchester United and to play at Old Trafford.”___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Women's soccer in England returns with optimism
After a pandemic-induced end to last season, women's soccer in England seems reborn with the arrival of World Cup-winning Americans, a slew of Australians and robust enthusiasm about the league's potential. Women's teams could only watch as the Premier League restarted and finished its season following a coronavirus stoppage. Their six-month wait is nearly over, and optimism abounds in the Womens Super League. The Football Association, which runs the WSL, says the twin bill is designed to boost visibility of the womens game. Before the pandemic, attendance was rising, likely boosted by England reaching back-to-back Womens World Cup semifinals.
Rapinoe, Press among players opting out of NWSL tournament
U.S. national team players Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and Christen Press have opted out of the National Women's Soccer League tournament kicking off this weekend in Utah. Heath and Press, who played with Rapinoe on the champion World Cup team last summer in France, cited concerns about the coronavirus for their decisions not to play. Among the national team players taking part in the tournament are Chicago's Julie Ertz, U.S. Soccer's Player of the Year, and teammate Alyssa Naeher, North Carolina's Crystal Dunn and Portland's Becky Sauerbrunn. The league was rocked by the announcement Monday that the Orlando Pride were dropping out of the tournament after six players and four staff members tested positive for COVID-19. Like all NWSL players, she was given the option to participate.
US Soccer scores victory in equal pay suit with women's team players
The U.S. women's soccer team's claims for equal pay were dismissed by a court on Friday, handing a victory to the United States Soccer Federation. "The WNT (Women's National Team) has been paid more on both a cumulative and an average per-game basis than the MNT (Men's National Team) over the class period," the court said in its summary judgment. "We will not give up our hard work for equal pay. Players had been seeking $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act. The women's national team beat Netherlands to claim its fourth World Cup title last summer, as the stadium rang with chants of, "Equal Pay, Equal Pay," catapulting its players into the spotlight.cnbc.com