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Information current as of December 1, 2002:

Christine Sinclair is 19 years old (born June 12, 1983). She's 5'9" (175 cm) and 135 lbs. (61 kg).

Christine has 22 goals in 15 international appearances for the Canadian U-19 women's soccer team.

She has scored 32 goals (ranking 3rd in the all-time list) in 40 caps for the senior Canadian women's soccer team. She made her debut with the team at the Algarve Cup on March 14, 2000, at age 16. Two days later she scored her first international goal, against Norway.

Sinclair studies life sciences at the University of Portland in the USA, and has a 3.7 GPA. In 18 games this season for the Portland Pilots she scored 23 goals. In four playoff games so far she has scored 7 goals, eclipsing the NCAA tournament record of 6, held by Mia Hamm. In only her second year at Portland, she has 12 goals in 9 career NCAA playoff games so far; the career record is 15 goals in 4 years, also held by Hamm (for now, anyway ;) ).

On Nov. 30, 2002 Portland advanced to the Division 1 semi-finals, so Christine has further opportunities to improve her playoff record.

As Captain of the Canadian U-19 team, Sinclair was the star of the inaugural FIFA women's U-19 world cup last summer, scoring 10 goals in 6 games. She won the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball, as well as a silver medal for Canada's heartbreaking, 109th-minute, 1-0 loss to USA in the final.

As an attacking midfielder on the Canadian senior team Christine scored 7 goals in 5 games at the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament in November, 2002, helping Canada clinch a spot in the 2003 World Cup.

In Portland's off-season, Christine plays for the Vancouver Breakers of the USL W-League. Although she played only four games in 2002 (because of the FIFA and CONCACAF tournaments) she led the team by the end of the season with 7 goals.

How does she do it? She has a deceptive ability to put on a burst of speed when defenders least expect it. She has excellent technique and fitness. Her accuracy with both head and foot is deadly. She is a surprisingly physical player for her size. And she's tough-minded enough to shake off a punishing tackle or to keep herself focused when others let their intensity drop.

In last year's Soccer Buzz awards, determined by voting of 278 college soccer coaches, Christine Sinclair was named National Freshman of the Year and was the only freshman on the All-American first team. While the 2002 Soccer Buzz awards have not yet been announced, Sinclair is already the 2002 All-West-Coast-Conference Player of the Year.
 

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Christine has led the U. of Portland Pilots to victory in the NCAA Women's College Cup final for the first time, with a 2-1 overtime victory over Santa Clara.

Her 61st minute goal tied the game, and then she scored the golden goal off her own rebound in the second overtime period.

She ended the playoff tournament with 10 goals, smashing Mia Hamm's previous record of 6. In just 2 years Christine has tied the NCAA record for career playoff goals (15), with Hamm, who took 4 years to do it.

Sinclair rocks!
 

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She ended the playoff tournament with 10 goals, smashing Mia Hamm's previous record of 6. In just 2 years Christine has tied the NCAA record for career playoff goals (15), with Hamm, who took 4 years to do it.

Sinclair rocks!
I watched the NCAA final yesterday and was extremely impressed with Sinclair. Were you able to watch ESPN's coverage of the match? If so, did you recall hearing something mentioned about Sinclair's parents knowing Portland's coach before Christine was born?

Since Sinclair is already such a dominant player and she is only in her second year at the University of Portland, I wonder if she might be a prime candidate to test the WUSA regulation that prevents college students from being drafted prior to their senior year in college?
 

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Sadly, I could not get the game here.

Christine is undoubtedly headed for WUSA. I am sure she wants to finish up her degree at Portland, though.

I doubt whether an exception would be made to the WUSA draft regulations just for her. Any benefit to her or WUSA would be outweighed by the can of worms it would open up.
 

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Christine placed 4th in the voting (by American coaches, of course) for the 2002 Hermann Trophy for top female player in the NCAA Division 1.

The winner was a midfielder with Santa Clara University, who got their butts kicked by Sinclair in the NCAA final (see above).

:frustrat:
 

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For what it's worth, Christine got 5 first-place votes in the running for FIFA woman player of the year (from Congo, Guyana, Israel, Peru, and Tonga) and finished 6th overall.

Sun Wen, who came third overall in the voting, only got 3 first-place votes: Montserrat, Nigeria, and Palestine.

Conclusion? Go figure.
 

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Christine Sinclair was named the top collegiate woman soccer player in the United States on Wednesday. :star: :strong:

"Sweet," the 19-year-old University of Portland sophomore said from her parents' home in Burnaby, B.C., after being told she had won the 2002-03 Honda Soccer Award.

In a vote of 1,000 women collegiate administrators, Sinclair emerged from a final group that also included Aly Wagner of Santa Clara, Catherine Reddick of North Carolina and Joanna Lohman of Penn State. Wagner last week won the Missouri Athletic Club/Hermann Award for women's soccer.

"This is pretty amazing . . . unexpected," said Sinclair, a two-time all-American forward who finished fourth in the MAC/Hermann balloting.

With 26 goals, she was the top scorer in the NCAA this season.

The soccer award qualifies her -- along with winners in 11 other sports -- for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the Honda-Broderick Cup, which will be announced in June.

Source: The Oregonian
 

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Sinclair is Soccer America's Player of the Year

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Jan. 8-BERKELEY, Calif. -- Sophomore striker Christine Sinclair, who scored 10 goals in the NCAA Tournament -- a pair of them, including the overtime winner, in Portland's title-game triumph over archrival Santa Clara -- has been selected Soccer America's 2002 College Women's Player of the Year.

The Canadian star, who was Soccer America's Freshman of the Year in 2001, is one of four players from the West Coast Conference chosen by Soccer America as one of 11 national MVPs.

:proud:
 

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Is she ever!

Get a load of this:

Christine has been named top collegiate player by Soccer Buzz magazine:

"Christine Sinclair is the first ever sophomore to be recognized as the nation's top collegiate soccer player. The striker from Burnaby, British Columbia, established several NCAA Championship records and finished the 2002 season with 26 goals and 3 assists. She earned Offensive MVP honors at the College Cup and also claimed the Player of the Year in the West Coast Conference....

"Sinclair, last year's National Freshman of the Year, joins Notre Dame's Anne Makinen as the only players to ever receive both National Freshman and Player of the Year recognition from Soccer Buzz during their collegiate careers. Sinclair and Makinen are also the only international players to claim top honors from Buzz.

"Sinclair finished first in balloting, just ahead of last year's winner, Aly Wagner of Santa Clara."

Sinclair thus beat out last week's WUSA #1 draft pick, Wagner! :happy: :tongue:
 

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So where's the shrine ? The adress please ..
 

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I thougth you made a site and put some videos and such on it. Otherwise it's not a shrine :)

I was interested to see what this woman that you regard so highly can do on the field:tongue:
 

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eugenius said:
I thougth you made a site and put some videos and such on it. Otherwise it's not a shrine :)
OK, maybe this thread isn't a shrine. Think of it more as a cathedral or mosque. :lala:

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I was interested to see what this woman that you regard so highly can do on the field:tongue:
You'll get your wish if you can see the Women's World Cup on TV in September. Till then, you'll just have to use your imagination... :lick:
 

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Christine scored 3 against Greece in Canada's final game of the Algarve Cup, March 20.

She now has 35 goals in 44 national team appearances.
 

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Christine scored the only goal for Canada in a "B" game against the USWNT today. Canada lost 6-1.
 

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From the Canadian Press:

Sinclair to skip W-League season

Thursday, June 26, 2003

Canadian soccer star Christine Sinclair, apparently feeling the effects of a prolonged run for club, school and country, has decided to sit out the W-League club season to rest up for this fall's World Cup.

It's a decision that Canadian national team coach Even Pellerud understands given the whirlwind of attention surrounding the talented Vancouver striker. But he also knows that while the time off may help Sinclair away from the field, it will make her job more difficult on it.

"To be honest I think she would have been better prepared by playing more games this summer," he said Wednesday. "My position here is that it is of some concern to me. At the same time I have to give players responsibility to take decisions like that.

"I wouldn't necessarily say it's the optimal decision, but the right decision for her probably. . . . I hope it will be good for her. She has a great determination to come in great shape to the World Cup."

Pellerud, however, does not believe Sinclair has played too much soccer.

"I have never met a Canadian that played too much soccer," said the Norwegian native. "The problem is that they play too little soccer."

But he does think that Sinclair "has been under more pressure than most young players to perform, to score goals."

Sinclair played for four teams last year, scoring 76 goals in 56 games with the national World Cup team, the under-19 team, the University of Portland and the Vancouver Breakers (now the Whitecaps).

She helped Portland to the NCAA championship as a sophomore and captained the under-19 national team to the final of the world championship.

Sinclair scored 10 goals in the NCAA tournament, including the overtime winner in the championship game. She was named women's college player of the year by Soccer America magazine and player of the year by the Soccer Buzz Web site. Sinclair was also chosen West Coast Conference player of the year.

The 5-foot-9 forward has 38 goals in 47 games for Canada at the top level, second only to Charmaine Hooper.

Sinclair, who turned 20 on June 12, has not played for Vancouver this season. She played just four games for Vancouver in the W-League last season. Still she finished as the team's top scorer with seven goals.

Since leading Portland to the NCAA title on Dec. 8, Sinclair has played for Canada in seven of nine games, scoring six times. She missed a two-game series against England in May with what was described as a "minor medical procedure" unrelated to soccer.

Pellerud said the layoff showed this month in Mexico, where Sinclair scored in a pair of exhibition games.

"There was no doubt about the fact you could notice her lack of competitive games. [She was] not as sharp as she normally is. And she has a job to do to come to the World Cup well prepared. When you decide to do that without a club team, you take on a big responsibility."

To help Sinclair bridge that gap, Pellerud is sending her to the Pan American Games in August in the Dominican Republic, where she will part of a hybrid team that features under-19 players and several senior team players.
 

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In actual fact, Christine was not on the Pan-Am Games team in August.

The story is that Christine had mononucleosis (known in the UK as "glandular fever"), and this was the reason she sat out the W-League season.

She has returned to the national squad for recent friendlies against Mexico, Ghana, and Australia. She scored a goal against Mexico and one against Ghana.

She doesn't appear to be her old self, however. I think she needs more time.

It worries me because if she is off her game, Canada will probably have a disappointing WC.
 

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Well, Christine had a pretty good World Cup, but she was still not her old dominant self. She was overshadowed by teammates Hooper, Lang, and Latham.

She scored three goals in six matches, including Canada's only goals against Germany and USA.
 

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Christine seems to be back in good form, as the following story from Canadian Press indicates:

February 27, 2004

Christine Sinclair scored three times as Canada opened the CONCACAF Olympic women's qualifying soccer tournament with a 6-0 win over Jamaica on Thursday.

Christine Latham, veteran Charmaine Hooper on a penalty shot, and Carmelina Moscato had the others as Canada cruised to a comfortable victory over 72nd-ranked Jamaica.

Sinclair's hat trick tied her for the tournament's scoring lead with American Shannon Boxx and Mexican Patricia Perez, whose teams won Wednesday.

Canada, ranked No. 11 in the world by FIFA, applied pressure in Jamaica's end all game long, finally getting on the scoreboard in the 33rd minute when Hooper sent a long ball to Latham, who fired a shot into the right corner of the net.

Six minutes later, Hooper connected on a penalty kick for her 61st career goal for Canada, awarded after midfielder Diana Matheson was taken down in the box.

Sinclair scored in the 46th minute, hammering a left-footed volley from 18 yards out over the outstretched hands of Jamaican goalie Chantelle McClennon.

Sinclair added her second in the 61st when the Canadians caught Jamaica off guard with a quick free kick.

Moscato, subbed into the game in the 60th minute, made it 5-0 in the 82nd, taking a pass back from Latham to score from 20 metres out.

Sinclair added her third in injury time, catching the Jamaican defenders on their heels to score an easy goal to the far corner.
 
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