On Wednesday night, the Canadian women’s national team steps on the field once again, beginning their pursuit of a fourth straight berth to the Olympics, which will be held this summer in Tokyo. Back-to-back bronze medal winners, the Canadians bring a mix of youth to their quest this year, with four college players joining their 20-player roster.
Leading the line as she has for the past 20 years will be Christine Sinclair, who has a shot to add the all-time international scoring record to her list of many accomplishments.
A longtime captain of her country and Portland Thorns FC, Sinclair comes into the Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Tournament only one goal shy of tying American legend Abby Wambach’s international soccer scoring record of 184 goals. Sinclair’s first opportunity comes against Saint Kitts & Nevis on Wednesday night as well as matches against Jamaica (Feb. 1) and Mexico (Feb. 4) to round out Canada’s action in Group B of qualifying.
Sinclair, 36, holds 289 caps for Canada’s women’s national team, netting 183 goals against forty different national teams all over the world. She was recently named Canada Soccer’s Player of the Decade by the country’s federation, honoring her dominance in the 2010’s that saw Sinclair become a Concacaf Champion in 2010, as well as lead Canada to two aforementioned bronze medals in London in 2012 and Rio in 2016.
“Christine Sinclair is a once-in-a-generation athlete that has been at the heart of Canadian sport for over 20 years, but what she accomplished in the past 10 years has changed the sport forever in our country,” said Steven Reed, Canada Soccer President. “Christine is the Canada Soccer Player of the Decade and unquestionably one of the greatest and most-loved athletes Canada has ever watched.”
The full schedule for the Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Tournament can be found here.