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Christine Sinclair becomes all-time leading goalscorer in international soccer history
Legendary forward nets two goals in 11-0 Canadian victory over Saint Kitts and Nevis
Christine Sinclair scored international goal 184 and 185 to break the record (Photo credit: Canada Soccer)
Christine Sinclair scored international goal 184 and 185 to break the record (Photo credit: Canada Soccer)

In a resounding win to start Canada’s 2020 Olympic qualifying run, Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair scored two first-half goals to move into sole possession of the all-time international soccer scoring record with 185 goals. Sinclair edged past American Abby Wambach, who retired in December 2015 having scored 184 goals. The Canadian forward also sits comfortably above the active international scorers list, with NWSL colleagues Carli Lloyd (122 goals) as well as Marta and Alex Morgan (107 goals) trailing her.

Sinclair herself was brought down in the box in the sixth minute, and stepped up to convert her penalty to tie Wambach’s record. 

In the 22nd minute, with the Canadians charging on the counter attack, Adrianna Leon slipped a ball through to the middle to find Sinclair wide open in front of the net, and, as she’s always done, she put away the chance comfortably for goal 185.

Following her record, honors and applause began to come in all across North America. Abby Wambach, Steve Nash, fellow Canadian Olympians, and even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chimed in. 

Additionally, Nike released a commemorative boot to honor Sinclair and her achievement.

Sinclair aims to further her record and edge closer to 300 national team appearances this Saturday as Canada takes on Jamaica in their second group stage game of the Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

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