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.
There it is! Christine Sinclair scores her 184th international goal to tie Abby Wambach’s record! One more goal to go! @CanadaSoccerEN leads Saint Kitts and Nevis in Edinburg⁰⁰#CWOQ #WeBelong #Sinclair185 #ChasingHistory pic.twitter.com/62WXN9pFNx
— Concacaf (@Concacaf) January 29, 2020
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.
— NWSL (@NWSL) January 29, 2020
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.
Christine: History is made. Your victory is our victory. We celebrate with you.
And to every girl coming up in the Pack with a dream to achieve that which doesn’t yet even exist: We believe in you. Your Pack is with you. And history awaits you.@sincy12 https://t.co/rNxjjpV7tZ pic.twitter.com/xkUjLtNXHn
— Abby Wambach (@AbbyWambach) January 29, 2020
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 30, 2020
— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) January 30, 2020
Additionally, Nike released a commemorative boot to honor Sinclair and her achievement.
— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) January 30, 2020
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.