|Full name||Christine Margaret Sinclair|
|Date of birth||June 12, 1983|
|Place of birth||Burnaby, BC, Canada|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Playing position||Striker, attacking midfielder|
|Current club||Portland Thorns|
|1994–2000||Burnaby South Secondary School|
|2001–2005||University of Portland|
|2006–2008||Vancouver Whitecaps Women||21||(10)|
|2009–2010||FC Gold Pride||40||(16)|
|2011||Western New York Flash||15||(10)|
|2001–2002||Canada U-20 (U-19)||19||(27)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
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 13 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). 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. In September 2013, she was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Playing career
- 3 International goals
- 4 Honours
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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.
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
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, 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.
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.
During Sinclair's senior year at Portland, she set an all-time Division I goal-scoring record with 39. 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, 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, 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 as the college woman athlete of the year. She became the third soccer player to win the award, joining Mia Hamm and Cindy Daws.
FC Gold Pride
Sinclair was selected by FC Gold Pride with the first pick in the second round (eighth overall) of the WPS Initial International Draft. She became one of the top two available forwards along with teammate Marta as they went on to win the regular season championship. The club ceased operations on November 16, 2010.
Western New York Flash
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. 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.
Portland Thorns FC
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. 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, 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
At the age of 30, she is the all-time leader in goals scored for the Canadian national team. As of March 13, 2014[update], she is third, behind Abby Wambach and Mia Hamm, in all-time international goals scored by a female player with 148.
Matches and goals scored at World Cup and Olympic tournaments
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. Sinclair with her Canada teams finished fourth at USA 2003 Women's World Cup, and won the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
|Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)|
|Location||Geographic location of the venue where the competition occured|
|Lineup||Start – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time
|Min||The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.|
|Assist/pass||The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.|
|penalty or pk||Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)|
|Score||The match score after the goal was scored.|
|Result||The final score.
|aet||The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation|
|pso||Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time|
|Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament|
|Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament|
- CONCACAF Women's Championship (1): 2010
- Pan American Games Gold Medal (1): 2011
- Olympic Bronze Medal (1): 2012
- FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship Runner-Up: 2002
- FIFA Women's World Cup Fourth Place: 2003
- 2012 Olympics - Women's Football Golden Boot:
- Winner: 2012
- FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship Golden Boot:
- Winner: 2002
- FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship Golden Ball:
- Winner: 2002
- Canadian Players of the Year:
- Winner: 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
- Lou Marsh Award:
- Winner: 2012
- Bobbie Rosenfeld Award:
- Winner: 2012
- Diamond Jubilee Medal: 2012
- Star on Canada's Walk of Fame: 2013
- Honorary degree from Simon Fraser University 2013
- List of association women football players with 100 or more international goals
- List of FIFA Women's World Cup goalscorers
- List of Olympic medalists in football
- List of inductees of Canada's Walk of Fame
- All-time FC Gold Pride roster
- List of Vancouver Whitecaps Women players
- List of Academic All-America Team Members of the Year
- List of recipients of Today's Top 10 Award
- List of Canadian sports personalities
- Christine Sinclair and Tiffeny Milbrett sign at Vancouver Whitecaps, From http://www.soccerway.com, Posted February 13, 2006.
- Sinclair named Canadian Player of 2008, From http://www.whitecapsfoundation.org, Posted January 15, 2009.
- "Christine Sinclair". www.womensprosoccer.com. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
- Feschuk, Dave (December 10, 2012). "Christine Sinclair wins Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s top athlete". Toronto Star. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
- "Soccer's Christine Sinclair named CP female athlete of year". CTV. December 27, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
- "Alan Thicke, Christine Sinclair among latest Canadian Walk of Fame inductees". CTV News. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
- "Soccer: Christine Sinclair makes Canada's Walk of Fame". Toronto Star. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
- "From strikes to striker". Kingston (Ontario) Whig-Standard. Retrieved June 2, 2012.
- , Soccer America, Freshman of the Year
-  The Globe and Mail Top 25 of 2002
- , Hermann Trophy NewsRelease
- , USA Today, Portland's soccer standout Sinclair wins Honda Cup as top female college athlete
- , Collegiate Women Sports Awards, Past Honda Award Winners, Soccer
- "FC Gold Pride Signs Canada's All-Time Leading Goal Scorer Christine Sinclair". Bay Area Sports Drive. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
- "The Free Agent Market: Forwards". womensprosoccer.com. Women's Professional Soccer. Retrieved November 26, 2010.
- by FC Gold Pride - Communications (November 16, 2010). "FC Gold Pride to close operations". Womensprosoccer.com. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
- "WPS WNY Flash Makes a Splash Signing Canadian Striker Christine Sinclair & 3 More". bleacherreport. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
- "Christine Sinclair named MVP of the final". ESPNW. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
- "Alex Morgan, Christine Sinclair among first among seven players added to Portland Thorns FC through allocation process". Portland Timbers. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
- Thorns FC Player Statistics
- Johnson, George (August 6, 2012). "Canada loses a heartbreaker to U.S. in Olympic soccer semi-final". Globe and Mail. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
- "FIFA suspends Canada's Christine Sinclair 4 games". CBC.ca. October 12, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2012.
- Jeff Blair (August 9, 2012). "Canadian women's soccer team gets Olympic bronze medals". The Globe and Mail . Retrieved August 10, 2012.
- "Women's Olympic Tournament London 2012: Canada". FIFA.
- Mackin, Bob (August 12, 2012). "Christine Sinclair named flag bearer". Canoe. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
- "Sinclair leads women's team past Scotland". CBC. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
- "FIFA Player Statistics: Christine SINCLAIR". FIFA.
- "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
- "FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003: MATCH Report: Germany - Canada". FIFA.
- "FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003: MATCH Report: Canada - Argentina". FIFA.
- "FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003: MATCH Report: Canada - Japan". FIFA.
- "FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003: MATCH Report: China - Canada". FIFA.
- "FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003: MATCH Report: Sweden - Canada". FIFA.
- "FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003: MATCH Report: USA - Canada". FIFA.
- "FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007: MATCH Report: Norway - Canada". FIFA.
- "FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007: MATCH Report: Canada - Ghanna". FIFA.
- "FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007: MATCH Report: Australia - Canada". FIFA.
- "Women's Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008: Match Report: Argentina - Canada". FIFA.
- "Women's Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008: Match Report: Canada - China". FIFA.
- "Women's Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008: Match Report: Sweden - Canada". FIFA.
- "Women's Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008: Match Report: USA - Canada". FIFA.
- "FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011: MATCH Report: Germany - Canada". FIFA.
- "FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011: MATCH Report: Canada - France". FIFA.
- "FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011: MATCH Report: Canada - Nigeria". FIFA.
- "Women's Olympic Football Tournament London 2012: Match Report: Japan - Canada". FIFA.
- "Women's Olympic Football Tournament London 2012: Match Report: Canada - South Africa". FIFA.
- "Women's Olympic Football Tournament London 2012: Match Report: Canada - Sweden". FIFA.
- "Women's Olympic Football Tournament London 2012: Match Report: Great Britain - Canada". FIFA.
- "Women's Olympic Football Tournament London 2012: Match Report: Canada - USA". FIFA.
- "Women's Olympic Football Tournament London 2012: Match Report: Canada - France". FIFA.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Christine Sinclair.|
- Christine Sinclair – FIFA competition record
- Canada Soccer player profile
- Portland Thorns FC player profile
- Star bio: Canada's Christine Sinclair
- The game not played by Richard Poplak at The Walrus
- Christine Sinclair on Twitter
|Awards and achievements|
|Lou Marsh Trophy winner
|Flagbearer for Canada at the Closing Ceremonies of the Olympics
|Flagbearer for Canada at the Summer Olympics Closing Ceremonies