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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old April 28th, 2006, 22:47 Thread Starter
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Christine Sinclair - Familiar face returns to Whitecaps

Familiar face returns to Whitecaps
By BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

A familiar face was back on the pitch with the Vancouver Whitecaps' women's team Monday afternoon.

Christine Sinclair, arguably the top women's soccer player in North America, rejoined the team on opening day of training camp at Simon Fraser University.

Burnaby-born striker Sinclair last played with the team in 2002 when it was known as the Breakers. She went on to star internationally for Canada and led the University of Portland Pilots to a pair of National Collegiate Athletic Association championships.

Work permit woes thwarted the 22-year-old's plan to join Chelsea FC's women's team in England earlier this year, so she trained in Portland instead.

She's expected to start May 13's W-League home opener when the Seattle Sounders Saints visit Swangard Stadium.

"I can't wait, it'll be nice to play again in front of my family," she said.

Sinclair was among 15 Whitecaps at the initial workout, conducted by assistant coach Steve Simonson.

New head coach Bob Birarda was en route from the under-20 national team's Brazilian tour.

The Whitecaps, captained by veteran Andrea Neil, will be looking to dominate the Western conference again despite automatically qualifying for the W-League final four as host of August's tournament.

The 2004 champion Whitecaps were eliminated in the semi-finals last year.

"We're in it to win it," Sinclair said. "Anything less than that is disappointing."
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old May 16th, 2006, 05:15 Thread Starter
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Sinclair back in style

Sinclair back in style
By BOB MACKIN - 24 Hours Vancouver

Welcome back, Christine Sinclair!

The 22-year-old Canadian national team striker scored twice Saturday night when the Vancouver Whitecaps beat the Seattle Sounders Saints 4-1 in their W-League season opener at Swangard Stadium.

Burnaby-born Sinclair played for Vancouver in 2002 when the club was known as the Breakers.

She missed the last three seasons while she carried the University of Portland Pilots to a pair of National Collegiate Athletic Association championship victories.

A Whitecaps women's record 4,437 fans witnessed Sinclair's hometown comeback.

Sinclair beat Seattle goalkeeper Kelsey Rasmussen in the second minute when she took a ball passed through two defenders by Amber Allen. She also converted Tiffeny Milbrett's corner kick with a header in the seventh minute.

"It was hard not to come out on fire," Sinclair said. "I love playing here, the fans are awesome."

Captain Andrea Neil's 47th minute marker from Lindsay Rohla was followed two minutes later by Milbrett's unassisted goal. The Whitecap newcomer has 100 goals in 203 matches for the United States national team.

Seattle's Shuree Hyatt ended goalkeeper Sian Bagshawe's shutout attempt in the 68th minute on a pass from Tafara Pulse.


In USL First Division play, Alfredo Valente, Joey Gjertsen and David Testo scored in a 3-0 win for the Whitecaps men over the visiting Minnesota Thunder last night. New goalkeeper Tony Caig got the shutout before 4,556 fans.
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