Heath was the only Portland Thorns player selected in the draft. This pick was rumored to happen before the draft and as picks passed and no Thorns were selected, it became clear what was about to happen. Heath is currently playing in the Women’s Super League in England with Manchester United.
Heath will always be remembered as a Portland Thorns legend. She won the NWSL Championship in 2013 and 2017 and the NWSL Shield in 2016, all with the Thorns. Heath also was named to the NWSL Best XI three times and was crowned the NWSL Championship MVP in 2013. In 79 appearances she scored 15 goals for the club.
As the Thorns look forward to the 2021 season, not much changes for them. Portland got a taste of life without Heath in both the NWSL Challenge Cup and Fall Series. Coach Mark Parsons showed faith in his young talent and is looking to build around them as well as veterans Lindsey Horan and Christine Sinclair. This was demonstrated by which players he protected in the draft.
Heath was obviously not designated as a protected player so the Portland administration knew this was a possibility and they were prepared to move on from the player.
Racing Louisville’s Draft Picks
- Addisyn Merrick- North Carolina Courage
- Julia Ashley- OL Reign
- Jennifer Cudjoe- Sky Blue FC
- CeCe Kizer- Houston Dash
- Katie Lund- Washington Spirit
- Alanna Kennedy- Orlando Pride
- Lauren Milliet- North Carolina Courage
- Kaleigh Riehl- Sky Blue FC
- Caitlin Foord’s rights- Orlando Pride
- Katie McClure- Washington Spirit
- Erin Simon- Houston Dash
- Michelle Betos- OL Reign
- Tobin Heath’s rights- Portland Thorns FC
- Christen Press’s rights- Utah Royals FC
Chicago Red Stars were protected in the draft because of a pre-draft trade. Racing Louisville acquired Savannah McCaskill and Yuki Nagasato from Chicago. Racing Louisville also claimed Cheyna Matthews from Washington Spirit off waivers.