Christine Sinclair

Number: 12
Position: Forward
Height: 5-9
Born: June 12, 1983, in Burnaby, British Columbia
Hometown: Burnaby, BC, Canada
College: Portland
Last Club: Western New York Flash (WPS)

 

 

A two-time NCAA National Champion with the University of Portland (2002, 2005) and the niece of two former NASL-era Portland Timbers players (Bruce and Brian Gant), Sinclair currently ranks in third place on the all-time international goal scoring list for women’s soccer and is noted as one of the best strikers in women’s soccer. SInclair was allocated to Portland Thorns FC via the NWSL National Team allocation process on Jan. 11, 2013.

2014: Played the full 90 and took three shots in a 1-0 road win April 12 at Houston to open the season.

2013: Named the team's Most Valuable Player for 2013 ... Named to the NWSL Best XI Second Team ... Tallied the clinching goal in the second minute of second-half stoppage time in a 2-0 win over the Western New York Flash in the NWSL championship game on Aug. 31 ... Scored four goals in the last six regular-season games, including a brace against Chicago (July 28) and a brace at Seattle (Aug. 17) ... Ranked second on the team in scoring with eight goals and two assists (18pts) ... Started 20 of the team's 22 regular-season games, missing two games due to national team duty for Canada (June 1 and June 16) ... Tallied a point in three straight matches from April 13-27 ... Named the NWSL Player of the Month for April ... Recorded the club’s first-ever goal, a game-tying penalty kick in the 67th minute, in a 1-1 draw against FC Kansas City on April 13.

Canada National Team
2013: A finalist for FIFA Ballon d'Or, Sinclair tallied three goals in nine games for Canada in 2013 ... 2012: Scored a career-high 23 goals in 22 games for Canada, helping lead her country to a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics … Recorded a hat trick against the U.S. on Aug. 6 in a thrilling 4-3 loss in an Olympic semifinal match at Old Trafford in Manchester, England … Finished as the tournament’s top scorer with six goals … 2011: Scored once in three matches for Canada at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup … Won a gold medal at the 16th Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, following the World Cup … Scored an 87th-minute equalizer in the gold-medal match against Brazil on Oct. 27, which Canada went on to win 4-3 on penalties … 2010: Became the first Canadian women’s soccer player to score 100 goals on Feb. 20, 2010 in a friendly against Poland … Helped Canada win the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup with six goals in the competition, including the game-winning goal (a penalty kick) in the championship match against Mexico … 2009: Recorded four goals in seven matches … 2008: Helped Canada reach the quarterfinals of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, scoring two goals including one against the U.S. in a 2-1 extra-time loss in the quarterfinals … 2007: Scored 16 goals in 13 games for Canada, including three goals in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China … Her 16 goals scored was, at the time, a career-high and  a national record for goals in a season …  2006: Scored 13 goals and helped Canada reach the final of the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup before losing to the United States … 2005: Scored four goals in seven matches … 2004: Scored six goals in nine matches during the year as Canada finished third in the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament … 2003: Made her 50th appearance for Canada on Sept. 4, becoming the seventh Canadian women’s player ever to reach the milestone … Scored three goals during the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup as Canada earned fourth place in the tournament … Finished the year with 11 goals in 17 games … 2002: Represented Canada at the 2002 Algarve Cup and helped her country to a second-place finish at the 2002 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup as a 19-year-old … 2001: Earned a spot on the team’s roster for the Algarve Cup prior to her 18th birthday, scoring four goals in four games during the tournament … Finished the year with six goals in 12 games … 2000: Set a then-national scoring record as a 17-year-old with 15 goals during the year … Recorded 10 goals in seven games during June of 2000, one off the record for most goals in a month … Earned her first cap at the age of 16 on March 12, 2000 against China in the Algarve Cup … Scored her first goal two days later against Norway … Finished the year with 15 goals in 18 games … Youth National Teams: Led Canada to a second-place finish in the 2002 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup … Earned the adidas Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player and the Golden Shoe as the top scorer with 10 goals.

Professional
2011: Was named the MVP of the WPS Championship after giving the Western New York Flash a 1-0 lead in the final, before the team eventually beat the Philadelphia Independence on penalty kicks … 2010: Led FC Gold Pride to the league title during the 2010 season … 2009: Sinclair was selected as the eighth overall pick in the WPS Initial International Draft by FC Gold Pride in 2009 … 2006-08: Helped the Vancouver Whitecaps Women (USL W-League) win the championship in 2006.

College
Sinclair made an immediate impact on the University of Portland program upon her arrival in 2001, recording 23 goals and eight assists in her freshman season which was enough to lead all NCAA Division I freshman in scoring … Sinclair followed that up with spectacular sophomore season in which she tallied an NCAA-leading 26 goals and helped lead the Pilots to the national championship … In order to play for Canada during the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Sinclair used a redshirt and returned in 2004 to score 22 goals and win the Hermann Trophy as college soccer’s top player … As a senior in 2005, she set the all-time NCAA Division-I scoring  record with 39 goals and helped lead the Pilots to their second national championship … In recognition of her accomplishments, she won a second consecutive Hermann Trophy.

Personal
Sinclair comes from a soccer family as her uncles Bruce and Brian Gant both played professionally for the Portland Timbers during the team’s NASL era … Also a basketball and baseball player growing up, she is an avid Liverpool supporter and served as Canada’s flag bearer during the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremonies.