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Christine Sinclair
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Personal information
Full name Christine Sinclair
Date of birth 12 June 1983 (1983-06-12) (age 26)
Place of birth Burnaby, BC, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club FC Gold Pride
Number 12
Youth career
1994–2000 Burnaby South Secondary School
2001–2005 Portland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 Vancouver Breakers 004 00(7)[1]
2006–2008 Vancouver Whitecaps 021 0(10)[2]
2009– FC Gold Pride 003 00(0)
National team
2001–2002 Canada U-20 (U-19) 019 0(27)
2000– Canada 132 0(99)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:28, 20 April 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 07:28, 20 April 2009 (UTC)

Christine Sinclair (born 12 June 1983, in Burnaby, British Columbia) is a Canadian soccer forward currently playing for FC Gold Pride of Women's Professional Soccer and is a member and captain of the Canadian National Team.

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Youth career

Sinclair is the niece of former North American Soccer League player Bruce Gant and niece of former Canadian international and NASLer Brian Gant. She proved to be a potential star at a very young age, as she was first selected to British Columbia's under-14 girls' all-star team at age 11. She went on to lead her club teams to six league titles, five provincial titles, and two top-five national finishes, as well as leading her high school team at Burnaby South Secondary School to three league championships. She played for Canada's under-18 national team before making her debut at senior level in the 2000 Algarve Cup, leading Canada in goal scoring at that event (3 goals).

Collegiate career

In 2001, Sinclair arrived at the University of Portland where she made an immediate impact on an already formidable program. She recorded 23 goals and 8 assists in her first season, leading all freshmen in NCAA Division I total scoring. She was named Freshman of the Year by Soccer America magazine, and was a consensus All-America selection.

In the 2002 college season for Portland, she led Division I in goals with 26. Her last two goals were in that season's national championship game against conference rival Santa Clara, the second of which was a golden goal that gave the Pilots the national championship. Sinclair earned three different national Player of the Year honors, and was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious Player of the Year award in college soccer. She was also West Coast Conference Player of the Year, and was again a consensus All-American. In the wake of her success for Canadian national teams and in U.S. college soccer, she was also named by The Globe and Mail (Toronto) as one of the 25 most influential people in Canadian sports in 2002.

Sinclair chose to redshirt in 2003 in order to play for Canada at the Women's World Cup. She returned to Portland in 2004, scoring 22 goals that season, and was again named WCC Player of the Year and a consensus All-American. She also won the Hermann Trophy that season.

During Sinclair's senior year at Portland, she set an all-time Division I goal-scoring record with 39. She capped off her collegiate career with two goals in a 4-0 rout of UCLA in the national title game. This performance also gave her a career total of 25 goals in NCAA tournament play, also a record. She was again named WCC Player of the Year, becoming only the second player in conference history to be so honored three times. Sinclair was also named Academic All-American of the Year by ESPN The Magazine (she graduated with a 3.75 grade point average in life sciences). She also won the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, becoming only the fourth player and third woman to win it in back-to-back years. As a result of her record-setting season, Sinclair went on to win the Honda-Broderick Cup as the college woman athlete of the year. She became the third soccer player to win the award, joining Mia Hamm and Cindy Daws.

International career

In 2002, she scored seven goals for Canada in the Women's Gold Cup, tying her for the tournament lead with teammate Charmaine Hooper and USA's Tiffeny Milbrett, a fellow Portland alumni. She played for Canada in the inaugural FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship. Sinclair's 10 goals in the tournament, still a record, helped lead Canada to a surprising second-place finish, and earned her both the Golden Boot as leading scorer and Golden Ball as tournament MVP.

Sinclair chose to redshirt in 2003 in order to play for Canada at the Women's World Cup. She scored three goals in that tournament as Canada finished a better-than-expected fourth. She returned to Portland in 2004, scoring 22 goals that season, and was again named WCC Player of the Year and a consensus All-American. She also won the Hermann Trophy that season.

At the age of 24, she is already the all-time leader in goals scored for the Canadian national team with 92 (as of July 11, 2008). She earned her 100th cap on August 30, 2007 in a pre-World Cup friendly match against Japan. In December 2009, she was named female selection for the Canadian Players of the Year award for a fifth-straight season.[3]

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