After leaving the US women’s national team for 214 days, away from almost any time of competitive football, forward Tobin Heath participated in Thursday’s friendly match against Mexico and immediately demonstrated the importance of including her on the Tokyo Olympics list.
On the same night, the American team won 4-0. Christine Price reminded everyone why she should be in Heath’s old position when their Olympic Games began against their arch-rival Sweden on July 21. Continue to serve as the starter.
In the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Heath started on the right side of its three-person forward line in 6 of the 7 USWNT matches, and recorded 1 assist. However, with her ability to lead players on the open field, she always made Uneasy defense. Since 2008, she has played 170 times and scored 34 goals. Since the 2012 Olympics, she has been the starter of every major event.
Although Heath has been absent from clubs and international football matches since recovering from an ankle and knee injury in January, Press mainly plays in the open position of Heath and is the best player of the national team.
In the victory over Mexico, Pres scored the second and fourth goals of the US team, which means that she has directly participated in 36 goals in the past 36 USWNT games.
She started two of the SheBelieves Cup’s three matches and six friendly matches. Her performance includes five goals, four assists, a high level of ability in any of the three forward positions, and her performance. Chic professional ethics Although the opposition poses a meager threat, he is still on the right sideline to Mexico. Press did this because it was the right way to play the game.
Considering the history of the team, Heath is a key part of the offense, so it is not accurate to say that Heath is not a worthy starter. However, what Press showed after taking over was faster speed, more flexibility and better passing skills. She did well enough in the latter to be trusted to kick some corner kicks.
Since 2013, Press has been a member of the national team, making 148 appearances, but she has never had her own position. She has only started five of the 15 games she participated in in three major games.
In the match against Mexico, Pres demonstrated that she can influence the game in many ways by initiating a move that almost resulted in the second goal of the game in the 31st minute, cleverly reading the attempt to pass and intervening in interception, and then returning it back. A dazzling forward pass to Sam Mavis to Megan Rapino on the left, his short pass was redirected from the left post by center Alex Morgan.
When she and Morgan pressed the ball to the sideline in the 38th minute and forced a long pass to be intercepted, the ability of her and Morgan to play effectively on the front line was obvious. When Mewis brought the ball into the penalty area and found Rapinoe cut from the left, Press was ready to pass the ball quickly in front of the goal and poke the ball into the net with his toe.
In the 85th minute, when Pres attacked again, due to Heath’s presence, she had already shifted to the left. This time, when left-back Tierna Davidson pushed to the left, she tucked into the center. Press kept staring at the ball, and when Davidson’s cross came, she sneaked up to the defender and simply redirected the ball into the net.
Less than a minute after entering the Mexico game, the reaction to Heath’s goal shows how much she is loved among teammates (above). Almost all the players on the field embraced her at the time, including Press.
Heath will become a valuable presence and potential weapon of the United States in Tokyo. Head coach Vlatko Andonovski (Vlatko Andonovski) said of Heath’s hot shot from 30 yards, “This is a Tobin Heath type goal.… …What she can think of, not many players in the world can think of.”
Maybe the United States will need something so magical at some point in the Olympics. However, if you press on the field from the beginning, it is less likely.