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Christine Sinclair makes 100th NWSL appearance for Portland Thorns FC

Posted on 21 June 2018 in Around the Soccer World

Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Captain Christine Sinclair made her 100th appearance for Portland Thorns FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Friday, 22 June, tying the record for the most games played for the club.

Sinclair is the all-time career goal leader for Portland Thorns FC, and also the all-time leader in minutes played and games started.  

After joining Portland Thorns FC as a Canadian International allocated player in 2013, Sinclair was the club’s top goal scorer and appeared in 20 games in the regular season, before going on to win the first league championship that year. Sinclair and the Thorns would repeat as the NWSL Champions again in 2017.

An Officer of the Order of Canada since 2018, Sinclair has made 268 appearances for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team and is Canada’s top all-time goal scorer. Worldwide for both men and women, Sinclair is currently the top active all-time goal scorer with 173 international goals, trailing all-time leader, retired Abby Wambach of the USA, by only 11 goals.

Sinclair has played for Portland Thorns FC in the NWSL since the league’s inaugural season in 2013. Originally established by Canada Soccer, US Soccer and the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol, the NWSL has featured national team players from the three federations, and provided opportunities for growth and development for women’s soccer in North America over the past five years.


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