Sinclair eyes all-time scoring mark as Canada opens play

Published 3:01 p.m. ET June 9, 2019

PARIS (AP) — Christine Sinclair is already considered Canada’s most decorated soccer player, and with four goals in this Women’s World Cup she would become the sport’s all-time international top scorer, too.

Sinclair heads into Canada’s Group E opener against Cameroon in Montpellier with 181 goals, trailing only Abby Wambach, who scored 184 times in international competition for the United States.

Sinclair’s first goal came 19 years ago in her debut for Canada’s senior team at the 2000 Algarve Cup in Portugal. She scored three times during the tournament. The goals have been fast and furious since, and many were rather memorable for her national team.

Sinclair, who turns 36 on Wednesday, scored a hat trick against the United States in the semifinals of the 2012 London Olympics, and a winning penalty kick over China in the closing seconds of Canada’s 2015 World Cup opener in Edmonton, Alberta. She scored in the 52nd minute to give Canada the bronze medal over Brazil at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The bronze in Rio was the second of Sinclair’s career, and she’s a 14-time recipient of Soccer Canada’s Player of the Year…

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