Unlike most of her fellow stars on the team, you won’t see much of her away from the field. She doesn’t do bikini shoots. She’s isn’t on magazine covers. The USWNT’s reigning Player of the Year has a habit of ignoring interview requests, actually.
“I’m not opposed to it,” she said in an interview with Yahoo Sports that she was somehow talked into doing. “I think I’m more traditional in how I do media. I want my brand to be about football. I’m a footballer through and through. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to be.”
She lives on Tobin Time, moving at her own speed. She isn’t sure what Tobin Time is when she’s asked about it – it’s a term used by some of those around her.
“It sounds like something fun is going to happen,” Heath said before she bursts out laughing. But she sort of gets it. “I definitely don’t abide by most rules.” More laughter. “I don’t ever know the schedule. I guess I do live on my own planet sometimes.”
There’s a reason her socks always have that signature sag. “Because I have big calves and I don’t like socks,” Heath said. “Plus, I get kicked on my ankles. You don’t get kicked high up on your leg.” So she likes her shin guards lower down. It’s mostly the sockophobia, though. It should be noted that, on a frigid day, she’s wearing flip-flops for our interview.
Ali Krieger returns to US roster for Tournament of Nations
CHICAGO (AP) – Defender Ali Krieger, who is nearing her 100th international appearance, has been named to the U.S. women’s national team roster for the upcoming Tournament of Nations.
Krieger, who plays for the Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League, was not on the roster for a pair of games in Europe last month. She has 98 national team appearances.
Coach Jill Ellis called up 23 players for the tournament, which also includes Japan, Brazil, and Australia. It kicks off July 27 in Seattle and also stops in San Diego and Carson, California.
Veteran midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd, defender Becky Sauerbrunn and forward Alex Morgan were included on the roster. Midfielder Margaret Purce, a rookie with the Boston Breakers, got her first national team call-up.
Chicago Red Stars forward Sofia Huerta will train with the United States during the tournament although she is not yet eligible to play for the team. U.S. Soccer is seeking an association change for Huerta, who previously played for Mexico.
Midfielders Tobin Heath and Rose Lavelle, as well as goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, were not available because of injuries.
The roster for the Tournament of Nations, including NWSL affiliation:
Goalkeepers: Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Abby Smith (Boston Breakers.)
Defenders: Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Taylor Smith (NC Courage).
Midfielders: Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Margaret Purce (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign).
Forwards: Crystal Dunn (Chelsea), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Sydney Leroux (FC Kansas City), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), Lynn Williams (NC Courage).
The U.S. Women’s National Team roster drop for the inaugural Tournament of Nations is upon us. Some quick thoughts on rosters, contracts, and other matters:
Don’t read too much into rosters two years out from the World Cup. The rosters tighten as the World Cup or Olympics approach. The World Cup qualifying roster will be a good barometer and baseline.
This is a tournament, not a series of friendlies. It’s good to get youngsters in and let them experience what’s needed in a tournament setting. This includes dealing with training, recovery, and travel in between match days.
As such, injured players won’t be a part of the roster.
New faces will be in camp as will the return of a forever fave face.
Number preferences, traditionally, go to the players with seniority, either in caps or years of service. This is different for every team, however.
The number of central contracts (I like this term, it’s what the FA WSL uses) has been reduced. This will give head coach Jill Ellis more flexibility in call-ups — and keep players on their toes.
Terminating a contract and not being offered a contract are not the same thing. At all.
Not being under contract does not preclude or prevent players from being called up.
There are several reasons a player might not be offered a central contract. A player might not figure into Ellis’ long-term plans, for example. Or, Ellis might know what a player brings to the table and not need to see her in every camp. Et cetera.
This is development. Get used to it.
Don’t read too much into rosters two years out from the World Cup.
I reserve the right to emend these thoughts. There’s a lot more to the CBA, mind you, but I like to revisit these very general points when rosters are released.
Titled “ESPN The Magazine – 2017 BODY Issue” and centered on the theme “Every Body Has a Story,” the show will be hosted by ESPN commentator Julie Foudy, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and former U.S. Women’s National Soccer team captain.
Also featured on the show are: NHL teammates Brent Burns and Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks; adaptive snowboarder/mountaineer and the first veteran featured in the Body Issue, retired Marine Corps Sgt. Kirstie Ennis; Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy, 2016 WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks and two-time NBA All-Star Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics.
“We want to make sure we really make a big splash with this. One of the people I most excited to get this year was AJ Andrews, professional softball player. She is the first woman eve r to get the gold glove in history,” Alison Overholt, Editor-In-Chief of ESPN the Magazine, told TheWrap on the red carpet.