Christine Sinclair ties Mia Hamm on all-time goals list

Christine Sinclair ties Mia Hamm on all-time goals list

Canada's Christine Sinclair pulled even with Mia Hamm for second place on women's soccer's all-time international goals list when she scored in the 85th minute of Sunday's match against Trinidad & Tobago at the International Tournament of Natal in Brazil.

Canada rolled to a 4-0 victory in its second of three matches in Brazil. Diana Matheson scored in the first half & Rebecca Quinn & Nichelle Prince tallied in the second half before Sinclair potted her 158th international goal.

Trinidad & Tobago is one of the three opponents Canada's women's national team will play in the group stage of the Olympic qualification tournament in February. 

"[Sinclair] led by example, as always," said Canadian coach John Herdman.

"It wasn't effortless for her today, the Trinidad team packed the defence & made it tough to obtain behind them, yet we had it clear in our mind that we would obtain goals today & I knew that [Sinclair] would be on the score sheet. She found the room she needed."

It was the 230th cap for Sinclair, who made her debut for Canada in 2000.

"She's very clear in what she wants — to obtain results for this team & to keep pushing whatever threshold she can as a striker," said Herdman. "It's tremendous that she achieved something today, yet to be honest I don't think she looks at things like that, she just wants to do well for our team & for our country."

The Canadian captain found the back of the net twice in her team's opening 3-0 victory over Mexico on Wednesday, raising her goals total to 157 and bringing her within one of Hamm.

Another American, Abby Wambach, tops the list with 184 goals.

Canada rounds out the group stage against Brazil on Wednesday. The third-place and final matches go on Dec 20.

Source: “CBC”

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