Thorns FC's Tobin Heath named to 2019 Ballon d’Or shortlist

Tobin Heath, Thorns vs. Spirit, 10.12.19

Thorns FC midfielder Tobin Heath was named a finalist for France Football magazine's 2019 Ballon d’Or award recognizing the best female player in the world.

The creative and dynamic midfielder contributed three goals and three assists in 13 matches for the Thorns in 2019. Heath's 2019 campaign also six appearances for the U.S. Women's National Team at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, contributing an assist as the USWNT captured their fourth title.

The full list of nominees are as follows:

Lucy Bronze (Lyon), Ellen White (Manchester City), Sam Kerr (Chicago Red Stars), Nilla Fischer (Wolfsburg), Amandine Henry (Lyon), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal), Dzenifer Marozsan (Lyon), Pernille Harder (Wolfsburg), Sarah Bouhaddi (Lyon), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC), Lieke Martens (Barcelona), Sari van Veenendal (Atletico Madrid), Wendie Renard (Lyon), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit), Marta (Orlando Pride), Ada Hegerberg (Lyon), Kosovare Asllani, Sofia Jakobsson (both CD Tacon/Real Madrid), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns).

The award will be voted on by a collection of 50 soccer journalists from around the world with the finalists and winner being announced on Dec. 2 in Paris.