SANTA MONICA – Tobin Heath, a standout player for both the USWNT and the Portland Thorns, received the honor of being given the 2016-2017 Harry Glickman Award for Female Professional Athlete of the Year at the Oregon Sports Awards on Sunday. The prestigious award is given to one male and female pro athlete who has either played on a team in Oregon or has a background in Oregon.
Tobin Heath, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and one-time World Cup gold medalist, is currently a midfielder for the Portland Thorns and last year was a big year for her. With 10 assists in 2016, the most ever in an NWSL season, she helped the Thorns to get the NWSL Shield. The Shield is the annual award honoring the NWSL team with the best record in the regular season. Additionally, her outstanding work on the USWNT won her the honor of being named the US Soccer Female Player of the Year in 2016.
Unfortunately for Heath, 2017 has been a quiet year for her. She is currently suffering from a back injury and has yet to play in an NWSL game this year. There is no set date for her return, although the goal is to have her ready for the playoffs.
Next up, after a tough loss to Sky Blue FC this week, the Thorns will play Washington Spirit on Saturday at 4:00.
Photos by ISI.