PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair was named the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week by the NWSL Media Association for Week 2, it was announced today. With Sinclair being recognized, it marks the second consecutive week a Portland player has been named Player of the Week after Tobin Heath received the honor for Week 1.
Sinclair, 35, helped Thorns FC earn a point on the road with her second career hat-trick in a 4-4 draw against the Chicago Red Stars on April 20. With the hat-trick, Sinclair registered her seventh multi-goal game for Portland, and the third of her career against Chicago.
Opening the scoring in the 16th minute, Sinclair received a lofted pass from Lindsey Horan inside the box and finished with a looping shot over the outstretched arms of Chicago goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. In the 51st minute, Sinclair made a well-timed run to get behind the Red Stars defense and directed a cross played into the box by Meghan Klingenberg into the back of the net at the right post. Sinclair completed her hat-trick in the 87th minute, converting from the penalty spot.
The NWSL Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers covering the league on a consistent basis. For more information on the NWSL Media Association, follow them on Twitter.
Continuing their stretch of road games to begin the season, Thorns FC travel to square off against Sky Blue FC on Sunday, April 28, at Yurcak Field. Beginning at 3 p.m. (Pacific), the match features a live web stream at Yahoo! Sports.