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Happy Birthday, Tobin Heath!

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Tobin HeathDoug Pensinger/Getty ImagesBirthday girl Tobin Heath plans to rejoin the USWNT and the Portland Thorns after the Paris Saint-Germain season ends.

Happy birthday, Tobin Heath! The U.S. women's soccer star turns 26 today. A former standout at North Carolina, Heath helped lead the Tar Heels to three national championships in 2006, 2008 and 2009 and was a two-time NCAA first-team All-American. While still a student, the New Jersey native made her debut with the U.S. senior team in January of 2008 and was the youngest member on the gold-medal winning team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Heath has been a valuable member of the team since and helped lead the United States to a 2012 Olympic gold medal and a second-place finish at the 2011 Women's World Cup. The midfielder has eight goals in 73 appearances with the national team. Heath also plays for Paris Saint-Germain in France and the Portland Thorns of the National Women's Soccer League. She helped the Thorns clinch the 2013 league championship with the game-winning goal and was subsequently named MVP of the championship game. Heath is expected to rejoin the Thorns and the USWNT after the Paris Saint-Germain season ends next month.

NWSL showdown set for Sunday

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Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI Christine Sinclair could be playing in front of 15,000 fans today in Portland.
Women's soccer fans have been pointing to today's National Women’s Soccer League matchup between the Seattle Reign and Portland Thorns since the schedules were announced. On paper, the Pacific Northwest squads look like two of the top teams in the league. Both, however, will have major gaps in their active lineups today. Portland’s Tobin Heath (Paris Saint-Germain) and Seattle’s Megan Rapinoe (Lyon), Hope Solo (broken hand) and Amy Rodriguez (pregnant) will be unavailable. The talented duo of Alex Morgan and Christine Sinclair will be looking to put on a show for the Thorns’ home opener at Jeld-Wen Field. Just wait for the fourth and final match of the season between these teams on Aug. 17, when most of those players will be back and in top form.

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