Christine Sinclair

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Christine Sinclair
Sinclair allstar.jpg
Personal information
Full name Christine Margaret Sinclair
Date of birth (1983-06-12) June 12, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1][2]
Playing position Striker, attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Portland Thorns
Number 12
Youth career
1994–2000 Burnaby South Secondary School
2001–2005 University of Portland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Vancouver Breakers[3] 10 (9)
2006–2008 Vancouver Whitecaps FC[4] 21 (10)
2009–2010 FC Gold Pride 40 (16)
2011 Western New York Flash 15 (10)
2013– Portland Thorns FC 46 (16)
National team
2001–2002 Canada U-20 (U-19) 19 (27)
2000– Canada 222 (153)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 10, 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 12, 2015

Christine Margaret Sinclair (born June 12, 1983) is a Canadian professional soccer player for Portland Thorns FC and is captain of the Canadian national team. Sinclair is an Olympic bronze medalist and one of the most prolific scorers of all-time.

Sinclair has spent 15 years with the national team, participating in three FIFA Women's World Cups (USA 2003, China 2007, Germany 2011) and two Olympic Football Tournaments (Beijing 2008, London 2012). She is an 11-time winner of the Canada Soccer Player of the Year award and has been honoured by FIFA as a nominee for World Player of the Year six times (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012).[5] In 2012, Sinclair won both the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s athlete of the year and the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's female athlete of the year.[6][7] In September 2013, she was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.[8][9]

Early life[edit]

Born in Burnaby, British Columbia, Sinclair is the niece of former North American Soccer League player Bruce Gant and niece of former Canadian international and NASLer Brian Gant. She played both baseball and soccer growing up. Playing in a Burnaby boys league, she made the local under-11 all-star team as a second baseman. It was here where she chose the number 12 as a tribute to Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Hall of Famer, Roberto Alomar.[10]

Sinclair was first selected to British Columbia's under-14 girls all-star team at age 11, and went on to lead her club teams Burnaby Girls Soccer Club to six league titles, five provincial titles, and two top-five national finishes, as well as leading her high school team at Burnaby South Secondary School to three league championships. She played for Canada's under-18 national team before making her debut at senior level in the 2000 Algarve Cup, leading Canada in scoring at that event with three goals.

University of Portland[edit]

In 2001, Sinclair arrived at the University of Portland where she made an immediate impact on an already formidable program. She recorded 23 goals and eight assists in her first season, leading all freshmen in NCAA Division I total scoring. She was named Freshman of the Year by Soccer America magazine,[11] and was a consensus All-America selection.

In the 2002 college season for Portland, she led Division I in goals with 26. Her last two goals were in that season's national championship game against conference rival Santa Clara, the second of which was a golden goal that gave the Pilots the national championship. Sinclair earned three different national Player of the Year honors, and was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious Player of the Year award in college soccer. She was also West Coast Conference Player of the Year, and was again a consensus All-American. In the wake of her success for Canadian national teams and in U.S. college soccer, she was also named by The Globe and Mail (Toronto) as one of the 25 most influential people in Canadian sports in 2002.[12]

Sinclair chose to redshirt in order to play for Canada at the 2003 Women's World Cup. She returned to Portland in 2004 scoring 22 goals that season and was again named WCC Player of the Year, a consensus All-American, and awarded the Hermann Trophy.[13]

During Sinclair's senior year at Portland, she set an all-time Division I goal-scoring record with 39.[14] She capped off her collegiate career with two goals in a 4-0 rout of UCLA in the national title game. This performance also gave her a career total of 25 goals in NCAA tournament play,[13] also a record. She was again named WCC Player of the Year, becoming only the second player in conference history to be so honored three times. Sinclair was also named Academic All-American of the Year by ESPN The Magazine (she graduated with a 3.75 grade point average in life sciences). She also won the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy,[13] becoming only the fourth player and third woman to win it in back-to-back years. As a result of her record-setting season, Sinclair went on to win the Honda-Broderick Cup[14][15] as the college woman athlete of the year. She became the third soccer player to win the award, joining Mia Hamm and Cindy Daws.

Playing career[edit]


FC Gold Pride[edit]

Sinclair was selected by FC Gold Pride with the first pick in the second round (eighth overall) of the WPS Initial International Draft.[16] She became one of the top two available forwards along with teammate Marta as they went on to win the regular season championship.[17] The club ceased operations on November 16, 2010.[18]

Western New York Flash[edit]

On December 10, 2010, The Western New York Flash of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) announced that they had agreed to terms with the Canadian striker.[19] Sinclair helped guide her team to the regular season championship, leading the club with ten goals and eight assists in 2011.

On August 27, 2011, in Rochester, she was named MVP of the final as her Western New York Flash won the Women's Professional Soccer championship. Sinclair's goal in the 64th minute gave the Flash a 1-0 lead over the Philadelphia Independence, and when the game was forced to penalty kicks, Sinclair stepped up and made the second one as the Flash players converted all five of their attempts.[20]

Portland Thorns FC[edit]

On January 11, 2013, as the National Women's Soccer League was forming, it was announced that Sinclair was selected to join the Portland Thorns FC by way of weighted allocation.[21] Playing as team captain, she appeared in 20 games in the NWSL 2013 season and co-led the Thorns' scoring (with Alex Morgan) with eight goals,[22] leading the team to a third-place finish (tied for first on points). The Thorns reached the championship game, where Sinclair scored the final goal in the Thorns' 2-0 victory.


In 2002, she scored seven goals for Canada in the Women's Gold Cup, tying her for the tournament lead with teammate Charmaine Hooper and USA's Tiffeny Milbrett, a fellow Portland alumna. She played for Canada in the inaugural FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship. Sinclair's ten goals in the tournament, still a record, helped lead Canada to a second-place finish, and earned her both the Golden Boot as leading scorer and Golden Ball as tournament MVP.

Choosing to redshirt at the University of Portland in order to play at the 2003 Women's World Cup, Sinclair scored three goals for Canada on their way to a surprising fourth place finish, their best in that competition to date. She made her 100th appearance on August 30, 2007, in a 0-0 friendly against Japan. On November 8, 2010, Sinclair scored the winning goal against Mexico in the final of the 2010 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup.

Sinclair scored a hat-trick in a 4-3 extra time loss in the 2012 Summer Olympics semifinal match against the American squad.[23] Canada were unhappy with the performance of referee Christina Pedersen, who made a series of controversial decisions in favour of the Americans. Sinclair was ultimately fined a reported $3,500 and banned four matches for post match comments, which accused Pedersen of bias and deciding the result of the match before it had kicked off.[24] Sinclair subsequently finished the tournament as top scorer with six goals and led the Canadian women's national soccer team to a bronze medal with a 1-0 win against France on August 9, 2012.[25] She broke the record of most goals scored in the Olympics for women's soccer, claiming the golden boot of the competition from two goals against South Africa, one against Great Britain, and three against USA.[26] Her remarkable effort as team captain and her performance in the semifinal earned her the honour of Canada's flag bearer in the closing ceremony, as well as the Diamond Jubilee Medal.[27]

She made her 200th appearance on December 12, 2013, scoring her 147th international goal in a 2-0 win over Scotland at the 2013 Torneio Internacional Cidade de São Paulo.[28]

International goals[edit]

At the age of 31, she is the all-time leader in goals scored for the Canadian national team. As of November 27, 2014, she is third behind Abby Wambach and Mia Hamm in all-time international goals scored by a female player, with 151.

Matches and goals scored at World Cup and Olympic tournaments[edit]

Christine Sinclair competed in three FIFA Women's World Cup: 2003 USA, 2007 China and 2011 Germany; and two Olympics: 2008 Beijing and 2012 London; altogether played 22 matches and scored 15 goals at those five global tournaments.[29] Sinclair with her Canada teams finished fourth at USA 2003 Women's World Cup, and won the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

Match Date Location Opponent Lineup Min Score Result Competition
United States USA 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup
1 1 2003-09-20[m 1] Columbus  Germany Start 4 1–0

1–4 L

Group stage
2 2003-09-24[m 2] Columbus  Argentina Start

3–0 W

Group stage
2 3 2003-09-27[m 3] Foxborough  Japan Start 49 2–1

3–1 W

Group stage
4 2003-10-02[m 4] Portland  China PR Start

1–0 W

5 2003-10-05[m 5] Portland  Sweden Start

1–2 L

3 6 2003-10-11[m 6] Carson  United States Start 38 1–1

1–3 L

Third place match
China China 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup
7 2007-09-12[m 7] Hangzhou  Norway Start; (c)

1–2 L

Group stage
4 8 2007-09-15[m 8] Hangzhou  Ghana Start; (c) 16 1–0

4–0 W

Group stage
5 62 3–0
6 9 2007-09-20[m 9] Chengdu  Australia Start; (c) 85 2–1

2–2 D

Group stage
China Beijing 2008 Women's Olympic Football Tournament
10 2008-08-06[m 10] Tianjin  Argentina Start; (c)

2–1 W

Group stage
7 11 2008-08-09[m 11] Tianjin  China PR Start; (c) 34 1–0

1–1 D

Group stage
12 2008-08-12[m 12] Beijing  Sweden Start; (c)

1–2 L

Group stage
8 13 2008-08-15[m 13] Shanghai  United States Start; (c) 30 1–1

1–2 aet L

Germany Germany 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
9 14 2011-06-26[m 14] Berlin  Germany Start; (c) 82 1–2

1–2 L

Group stage
15 2011-06-30[m 15] Bochum  France Start; (c)

0–4 L

Group stage
16 2011-07-05[m 16] Dresden  Nigeria Start; (c)

0–1 L

Group stage
United Kingdom London 2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament
17 2012-07-25[m 17] Coventry  Japan Start; (c)

1–2 L

Group stage
10 18 2012-07-28[m 18] Coventry  South Africa Start; (c) 58 2–0

3–0 W

Group stage
11 86 3–0
19 2012-07-31[m 19] Newcastle  Sweden Start; (c)

2–2 D

Group stage
12 20 2012-08-03[m 20] Coventry  Great Britain {{{4}}}.

off 88' (on Timko); (c)

26 2–0

2–0 W

13 21 2012-08-06[m 21] Manchester  United States Start; (c) 22 1–0

3–4 aet L

14 67 2–1
15 73 3–2
22 2012-08-09[m 22] Coventry  France Start; (c)

1–0 W

Bronze medal match



FC Gold Pride

Western New York Flash

Portland Thorns FC





See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Christine Sinclair". Canadian Soccer Association. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Christine Sinclair". Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ Christine Sinclair and Tiffeny Milbrett sign at Vancouver Whitecaps, From, Posted February 13, 2006.
  4. ^ Sinclair named Canadian Player of 2008, From, Posted January 15, 2009.
  5. ^ "Christine Sinclair". Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  6. ^ Feschuk, Dave (December 10, 2012). "Christine Sinclair wins Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s top athlete". Toronto Star. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Soccer's Christine Sinclair named CP female athlete of year". CTV. December 27, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Alan Thicke, Christine Sinclair among latest Canadian Walk of Fame inductees". CTV News. Retrieved September 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Soccer: Christine Sinclair makes Canada's Walk of Fame". Toronto Star. September 19, 2013. Retrieved September 22, 2013. 
  10. ^ "From strikes to striker". Kingston (Ontario) Whig-Standard. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  11. ^ [1], Soccer America, Freshman of the Year
  12. ^ [2] The Globe and Mail Top 25 of 2002
  13. ^ a b c [3], Hermann Trophy NewsRelease
  14. ^ a b [4], USA Today, Portland's soccer standout Sinclair wins Honda Cup as top female college athlete
  15. ^ [5], Collegiate Women Sports Awards, Past Honda Award Winners, Soccer
  16. ^ "FC Gold Pride Signs Canada's All-Time Leading Goal Scorer Christine Sinclair". Bay Area Sports Drive. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  17. ^ "The Free Agent Market: Forwards". Women's Professional Soccer. Retrieved November 26, 2010. 
  18. ^ FC Gold Pride - Communications (November 16, 2010). "FC Gold Pride to close operations". Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  19. ^ "WPS WNY Flash Makes a Splash Signing Canadian Striker Christine Sinclair & 3 More". bleacherreport. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Christine Sinclair named MVP of the final". ESPNW. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Alex Morgan, Christine Sinclair among first among seven players added to Portland Thorns FC through allocation process". Portland Timbers. Retrieved January 11, 2013. 
  22. ^ Thorns FC Player Statistics
  23. ^ Johnson, George (August 6, 2012). "Canada loses a heartbreaker to U.S. in Olympic soccer semi-final". Globe and Mail. Retrieved August 6, 2012. 
  24. ^ "FIFA suspends Canada's Christine Sinclair 4 games". October 12, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  25. ^ Jeff Blair (August 9, 2012). "Canadian women's soccer team gets Olympic bronze medals". Toronto: The Globe and Mail . Retrieved August 10, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Women's Olympic Tournament London 2012: Canada". FIFA. 
  27. ^ Mackin, Bob (August 12, 2012). "Christine Sinclair named flag bearer". Canoe. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Sinclair leads women's team past Scotland". Toronto: CBC. December 12, 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  29. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Christine SINCLAIR". FIFA. 
  30. ^ "Sinclair is the female selection for 2013 BMO Canadian Players of the Year award". Canada Soccer. December 13, 2013. Retrieved April 5, 2014. 

Match reports

  1. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003: MATCH Report: Germany - Canada". FIFA. 
  2. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003: MATCH Report: Canada - Argentina". FIFA. 
  3. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003: MATCH Report: Canada - Japan". FIFA. 
  4. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003: MATCH Report: China - Canada". FIFA. 
  5. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003: MATCH Report: Sweden - Canada". FIFA. 
  6. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003: MATCH Report: USA - Canada". FIFA. 
  7. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007: MATCH Report: Norway - Canada". FIFA. 
  8. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007: MATCH Report: Canada - Ghanna". FIFA. 
  9. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007: MATCH Report: Australia - Canada". FIFA. 
  10. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008: Match Report: Argentina - Canada". FIFA. 
  11. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008: Match Report: Canada - China". FIFA. 
  12. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008: Match Report: Sweden - Canada". FIFA. 
  13. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008: Match Report: USA - Canada". FIFA. 
  14. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011: MATCH Report: Germany - Canada". FIFA. 
  15. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011: MATCH Report: Canada - France". FIFA. 
  16. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011: MATCH Report: Canada - Nigeria". FIFA. 
  17. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament London 2012: Match Report: Japan - Canada". FIFA. 
  18. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament London 2012: Match Report: Canada - South Africa". FIFA. 
  19. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament London 2012: Match Report: Canada - Sweden". FIFA. 
  20. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament London 2012: Match Report: Great Britain - Canada". FIFA. 
  21. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament London 2012: Match Report: Canada - USA". FIFA. 
  22. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament London 2012: Match Report: Canada - France". FIFA. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Patrick Chan
Lou Marsh Trophy winner
Succeeded by
Jon Cornish