Canadian soccer captain Christine Sinclair speaks to media in Winnipeg, in this Tuesday, June 6, 2017 file photo. Sinclair is joining forces with A&W to raise money for the MS Society of Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Christine Sinclair named Canadian Women’s player of the year for the 14th time

TORONTO — Canada teammate Jordyn Huitema hadn’t been born when Christine Sinclair won her first Canadian Women’s Player of the Year Award in 2000.

Eighteen years later, Sinclair’s remarkable soccer career continues to impress.

The 35-year-old from Burnaby, B.C., earned her 14th Canadian Player of the Year Award on Tuesday capping a year that saw her shine on both the club and international stage.

Sinclair finished first in voting by Canadian media and coaches ahead of defender Kadeisha Buchanan, last year’s winner. UCLA midfielder Jessie Fleming was third, ahead of Manchester City striker Janine Beckie and Paris Saint-Germain wingback-midfielder Ashley Lawrence.

The men’s winner will be announced Wednesday. Besiktas midfielder Atiba Hutchinson has claimed the award the last six years.

Sinclair delivered the winning goal in the game that qualified Canada for next year’s Women’s World Cup in France — scoring a second for good measure in Canada’s 7-0 win over Panama in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Championship in October.

And she led Canada in scoring for the 15th time in 19 years, with eight goals and two assists in 12 international matches as Canada went 8-4-0.

With 177 goals in 274 appearances for Canada, Sinclair is on the verge of soccer history. She is just seven goals back of retired American Abby Wambach (184) on the all-time scoring list.

On the club front, Sinclair played all 2,160 minutes for the Portland Thorns as they finished second in the NWSL. She scored nine goals and finished tied for third in the league with six assists as the Thorns reached the league championship game, losing 3-0 to the North Carolina Courage in September.

After being honoured as Canada’s best in 2000, Sinclair won the award every year from 2004 to 2014 until Buchanan interrupted the string in 2015. Sinclair won again in 2016, with Buchanan collecting the award in 2017.

Sinclair was 16 when she made her debut for Canada in March 2000.

Captain of both Canada and Portland, Sinclair has changed her game in recent years. After many years as a forward, she plays a more withdrawn role in Portland where she can serve both as provider and scorer. She is all over the field for Canada, drawing teammates into the play or threatening goalkeepers herself.

In January, Sinclair was appointed to the Order of Canada. One of the country’s highest civilian honours, it recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

She has also taken a leading role in raising money for the fight against multiple sclerosis. Sinclair’s mother Sandi has MS.

On Monday, Derek Cornelius and Huitema were named Canadian Youth International Players of the Year. Earlier, Jacob Orellana was voted Canadian Futsal Player of the Year and Damien Wojtiw Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year.

Goalkeeper James Pantemis was chosen winner of the Allstate Canadian National Teams Good Hands Award.

Follow ↕NeilMDavidson on Twitter

Just Posted

Moms visit Red Deer’s overdose prevention site

Moms Stop The Harm meet in Red Deer

Lacombe County land dispute to be resolved

Landowners next to new Kuhnen Natural Area feared trespassing and liability issues

Average fall, cold winter ahead, The Weather Network predicts

Canadians can expect average temperatures this fall that will give way to… Continue reading

After bankruptcy filing, Purdue Pharma may not be off hook

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and its owners expressed sympathy but not responsibility… Continue reading

Energy prices spike after Saudi oil attack, US blaming Iran

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Global energy prices spiked on Monday after… Continue reading

WATCH: 2019 Canada Winter Games will leave a lasting legacy, say organizers

It leaves Red Deer with the infrastructure and confidence to host future such events

Your community calendar

Wednesday Central Alberta Historical Society annual general meeting is 6 p.m. at… Continue reading

Opinion: City must aim for zero per cent tax hike

Red Deer city council is discussing the benefits of multi-year budgets, which… Continue reading

Health: Are North Americans wimps when it comes to pain?

How do people in other countries handle pain following various surgical procedures?… Continue reading

Israeli PM puts scare into voters in bid to keep power

Benjamin Netanyahu’s work is almost done. If he wins Tuesday’s election and… Continue reading

Taylor Pendrith wins Canadian player of the year honours on Mackenzie Tour

Taylor Pendrith’s season on the Mackenzie Tour didn’t end the way he… Continue reading

Thousands of fans show up to celebrate Bianca Andreescu’s U.S. Open title

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Some fans showed up to Celebration Square in downtown… Continue reading

10 Canadian albums contend for prestigious Polaris Music Prize

TORONTO — Five Quebecois music acts, a Top 40 singer and well-travelled… Continue reading

Rocker Ric Ocasek, frontman of The Cars, dead at 75

NEW YORK — Ric Ocasek, The Cars frontman whose deadpan vocal delivery… Continue reading

Most Read