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Arsenal swoop for Heather
 Women's Football WSL1 News - 23 Jan 2017
WSL1 News - Arsenal swoop for Heather - 23 Jan 2017 - Women's Football NewsArsenal have signed World Cup winner, Heather O'Reilly.
The experienced midfielder is the US Women's National Team's eighth highest capped player of all time. Throughout her international career she earned 231 caps and scored 47 goals for her country.
As one of USA's most decorated players, Heather helped her team to win the FIFA World Cup in 2015 and she has also achieved a total three Olympic gold medals in recent years, including winning one at Wembley Stadium in the London 2012 Games.
Heather, who turned 32 earlier this month, began her career with North Carolina Tar Heels and after a spell with New Jersey Wildcats, joined Sky Blue FC in 2009, helping her team to the Championship. She spent three seasons with Boston Breakers before moving on to play for FC Kansas City in 2015.
She won her first cap for the USWNT whilst still at high school, playing against Sweden at the age of 17 in March 2002, She won Olympic gold medals in 2004, 2008 and 2012 and after the USA were knocked out at the quarter final stage in Rio, she announced her retirement from international football.
Heather told www.arsenal.com: "Having come over to Arsenal last year to train, I was very impressed with the club. The facilities are world class and they have a tradition of excellence at the club that I wanted to be a part of, I'm very happy to be here."
Arsenal manager Pedro Martinez Losa is delighted to welcome Heather to the club, adding: "She is a world class player and one of the most respected players in the US. Her determination and character will make a big difference for this club.
She will bring here a legacy of values, hard work and professionalism which will also help our young players to develop. It is a privilege for us to be able to bring her to Arsenal Ladies."
Photo courtesy of Arsenal Media

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