Leigh Sports Village stadium is seen before the game Manchester United Women v Lewes Women, Women's Championship football match, Leigh Sports Village, Leigh, UK - 11 May 2019 Photo: Jon Super for The FA

Double World Cup winner Tobin Heath signs for Manchester United

Manchester United have announced the capture of United States international winger Tobin Heath from National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) club Portland Thorns with the move being reported on the club’s official website.

The 32-year-old joins the club on an initial one-year contract, subject to the the player successfully obtaining a work permit.

Heath, who spent her college career as a North Carolina Tar Heel, has enjoyed a highly decorated career, having won two Olympic gold medals (including London 2012) and two FIFA Women’s World Cups among numerous personal accolades. The winger was also shortlisted for the 2019 Ballon D’or. The American international has been capped 168 times and has earned herself legendary status in the team’s history.

New Jersey born Heath, has spent the last seven years of her career at Portland Thorns making over 80 appearances and clinching the NWSL Championship title twice in 2013 and 2017 and also claiming the NWSL shield in 2016. The winger is renowned for her quick feet and abundance of skills, easily battling her way through defences. Heath holds the record number of assists in the NWSL with 25, she can often be found beating a player and delivering a pinpoint pass or cross.

After joining United, Heath told the club’s official media channels “Manchester United is an exceptional club and I’m thrilled to be joining them. I’m looking forward to the challenge of competing in England, playing with and against some of the best players in the world. I have big ambitions for this season and can’t wait to get on the pitch with my new team and start this next chapter.”

The winger is United’s first American and non-European signing. Manager Casey Stoney could yet add to her group again before the transfer window closes tomorrow.

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