Christine Sinclair has been voted the 2018 Canadian Player of the Year, the Canadian Soccer Association announced Tuesday.
Sinclair, 35, tallied the winning goal that qualified Canada for the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France as the Maple Leafs reached the competition for the seventh consecutive time.
The Burnaby, British Columbia native was honored in a vote by Canadian media and coaches. She is one of two winners of the 2018 Canadian players of the year award. The men’s national team will be announced Wednesday.
“Christine Sinclair showed that you can continue to add layers to your performance, regardless of age, if you work hard,” Canada women’s coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller said. “Her great physical shape helped her play every minute for Portland Thorns FC and also led Canada to yet another FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“Her ability to lead her line as well as the players around her while at the same time performing at her level is simply remarkable and unique. Sinclair is a notorious goalscorer, but she should also get credit for her ability to set up goals. She is an important part of the build up play for both her club and our women’s national team.”
In 2018, Sinclair played all 2,160 minutes for Portland Thorns FC as it finished second in the league. She scored nine goals, was tied for third in the league with six assists, won the Thorns supporters’ player of the year award and was named to the NWSL Second XI. In the playoffs, she helped the Thorns reach the final as they lost to the North Carolina Courage.
She led Canada in goalscoring for the 15th time in 19 years, recording eight goals and two assists in 12 international matches. She finished second on Canada with 979 minutes played as the national side won eight of 12 matches, including a 7-0 win over Panama Oct. 14 to qualify for the WWC.
With a second-place finish at the Concacaf Women’s Championship, Sinclair collected her eighth Concacaf medal since 2002 (one gold, six silver, one bronze).
With 177 international goals to her credit, Sinclair is in second place, only seven goals behind all-time leader Abby Wambach of the United States (184).