Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair has been named the Canadian Player of the Year, Canada Soccer announced on Tuesday.
Sinclair takes home the award for the 14th time in her 19 years with the national team. The Canadian Player of the Year is voted by Canadian media and Canadian coaches.
— Portland Thorns FC (@ThornsFC) December 11, 2018
In 2018 Sinclair led Canada in goal scoring with eight goals in addition to two assists over 12 international games. She also helped Canada qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup by chipping in two goals in Canada 7-0 win over Panama on October 14. Sinclair has 177 international goals to date, which is second place in all-time goal scoring behind just former U.S. women’s national team forward Abby Wambach (184 goals.)
In the NWSL, Sinclair scored nine goals and added six assists in 2,160 minutes played for Portland Thorns FC. She also led her team to their second consecutive NWSL Championship. Her six assists were tied for third-best in the league and she was second in scoring for the Thorns, behind the NWSL’s 2018 Most Valuable Player, midfielder Lindsey Horan (13 goals).
Six NWSL players were also also nominated for 2018 Canadian Player of the Year, Allysha Chapman (Houston Dash), Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash), Rebecca Quinn (Washington Spirit), Desiree Scott (Utah Royals FC) and Shelina Zadorsky (Orlando Pride). Also on the list was former Sky Blue FC forward Janine Beckie, who transferred to Manchester City FC during the 2018 season.