Manchester United sign World Cup winners Tobin Heath and Christen Press

Thu, Sep 10 2020

Tobin Heath (right) trains with USA teammate Allie Hope. Credit: Erik Drost/Creative Commons (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en)

Manchester United have announced the signing of United States World Cup winners Tobin Heath and Christen Press ahead of the 2020/21 Women’s Super League season.

Heath joins on a one-year deal following seven seasons with Portland Timbers, while striker Press has also penned a 12-month contract following her departure from Utah Royals.

Winger Heath has scored 33 goals in 168 games for the United States and starred as the Stars and Stripes lifted the 2015 and 2019 World Cup trophies and finished runners-up in 2011.

The 32-year-old spent two seasons with Paris Saint-Germain before settling in for a long spell with Portland, having also played for Sky Blue FC and New York Fury.

New Jersey native Heath was shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or in 2019 following the US’s World Cup win, the award eventually being won by teammate Megan Rapinoe.

“Manchester United is an exceptional club and I’m thrilled to be joining them,” she told the club’s official website.

“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.”

31-year-old Press has 138 caps for her country, scoring 58 goals, and has also featured in three World Cups, winning gold medals in 2015 and 2019.

The Los Angeles native has spent most of career between her homeland and Sweden, where she has represented Gothburg and Tyreso.

“I’m really excited to be joining Manchester United this season. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to play for such an elite club and beyond ready to get back on the field,” said Press.

“I feel blessed to have the opportunity to continue to strive to be my best and to compete for trophies this year.

“I look forward to this new challenge and I can’t wait to start training with the team.”