On August 19th, 2015, Abby Wambach of the USWNT made soccer history when she set the world record of most international goals scored, at 184. A mere five years later, on January 29th Christine Sinclair, the Canadian Women’s team captain finally broke the record. Her two stellar goals against Saint Kitts and Nevis during the CONACAF Olympic qualifiers, put her ahead, with 186 goals.
This new record has been a long time coming for Sinclair. Even before last summers’ World Cup, fans were counting down her remaining goals. Following Canada’s early elimination from the running, it was only a question of waiting for the Olympic qualifiers.
Despite her lull in appearances on the world stage lately, the Burnaby native has stayed busy. As the captain of the Portland Thorns, she led her team to 3rd place in the 2019 NSWL season, with Sinclair scoring nine goals overall.
In the run-up to the Olympics, all eyes are on the senior player who’s in year 17 with the national team.
Despite all the media attention from her new record, Sinclair is ready to get back to work. “I’m not going to lie. To have broken the record is a weight off my shoulders,” she said in a press conference at the Saint Kitts and Nevis game. “Now I can just actually go out and enjoy it and help Canada qualify for the Olympics, because that’s the true focus, now that that goal thing is out of the way.”
The Canadian women’s team have secured their spot in Tokyo, finishing second in this year’s tournament.
Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol.49 Issue 09 on February 12th, 2020