Christine Sinclair: The face of Canadian Women’s Soccer
Canada’s women national team is lucky to have Christine Sinclair as a player. Not only is she player and captain but she’s been part of the national program for a decade now. All of that and she’s only 28 years old. Some of Sinclair’s career highlights include being selected as the winner of the Canadian Player of the Year award in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. She has played a total of 19 games for Canada’s U19 and U20 team having scored 27 goals in those games.
Even more impressively, Sinclair has over 161 appearances for the senior team. She became the all time leader scorer with 107 goals but has continued to pile on the goals and currently has a whopping 117.
With the Women’s World Cup currently under way in Germany, Canada was unfortunately eliminated early from the tournament. In the opening game, Canada was defeated 2-1 by the tournament favorite, Germany. It was an incredible atmosphere where there were 75,000 fans in the Berlin Olympic Stadium. Team Canada played very well.
Just after half time Sinclair received an elbow to the face and broke her nose. After receiving treatment she returned to the pitch and in the 82nd minute was able to score an incredible free kick. It was the first goal Germany had conceded in over 900 minutes of play. Canada lost its second game of the tournament 4-0 to France. As a result they were eliminated early from the tournament. They play their final game versus Nigeria, a nation who is also eliminated from the tournament.
Despite Canada’s early exit from the World Cup, Sinclair has been ambassador to the women’s game. The impact she has on women’s soccer and bringing Canada to the forefront on the international stage is second to none. There is no doubt she will continue to have a positive effect on the Canadian soccer program. Lastly, there is still much to come from Christine Sinclaire and we at Goalden look forward to watching more of her continued success.