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Another Sinclair Article

Post by Stonehouse on Wed Jul 09, 2008 8:02 am

Wow... Christine is a hot topic right now:


TORONTO -- It is an image that sticks with Christine Sinclair: Clive Charles, her head coach at the University of Portland, cradling the championship trophy in the moments after winning the 2002 NCAA title.
Charles was battling prostate cancer and would succumb to the disease eight months later. The championship game was the final one in his 17-year coaching career.

Sinclair scored the winning goal in overtime to get Charles the victory.
"He had been to final fours and managed to lose in overtime, and he was just a tremendous coach, and it was nice to finally get him a national championship," Sinclair said.

In a career full of remarkable achievements Sinclair lists winning a title for Charles, who recruited her to the school, as her favourite memory.
That alone speaks volumes about the 25-year-old, who has twice been a finalist for FIFA's women's player of the year and is the Canadian national team's all-time scoring leader.

Next month, Sinclair will lead the Canadian women's soccer team into the Olympics and look to build on what has already been a remarkable career. On Wednesday, she will lead Canada in its last game in the country before the Olympics in a friendly with Brazil at Toronto's BMO Field.
"I'm trying to treat it as the same as any other set of games and just another tournament, but obviously in your mind you know it's the Olympics and most likely a once in a lifetime opportunity," Sinclair said.

The Burnaby, B.C., native is not a household name in Canada, but is quietly becoming one of the world's best women's soccer players.
Bob Lenarduzzi, president of the Vancouver Whitecaps and a former coach of the Canadian men's national team, said Sinclair's ability to raise her game at a moment's notice makes her a special player.

It's a trait that has been on display when she plays for the Whitecaps in the W-League, North America's top women's soccer league.
"I remember one game this year when we were tied 2-2 and Christine went down in the box late in the game. The referee told her to get up and said she dived. I've never seen her more mad," Lenarduzzi said. "A few minutes later she scored the winning goal. It was like she said, ‘Okay, you pissed me off so now I'm going to take it to the next level.' "

After the game Lenarduzzi said he talked to Sinclair who was still fuming.

"She told me, ‘I don't dive.' "

Sinclair's development as an elite player started long before she joined the Whitecaps.

In a hockey-mad nation, Sinclair was born into a family of soccer fans and she was playing by age four. At 11, Sinclair was selected to B.C.'s under-14 girls' all-star team. She said dealing with the pressures of high-level soccer at an early age was her biggest challenge.

The decision to go to Portland was a key moment in her career. Her uncle, Brian Gant, played for the Canadian national team in the late 1970s and early 1980s and was close friends with Charles. The pair of friends would eventually convince Sinclair to go to Portland.

In leading the school to a pair of national championships, the second in 2005, it was Sinclair's attitude and not talent that stood out most to school officials.

"You look at Christine, and you can say everything about her makes her world class," said Garrett Smith, who replaced Charles as head of the women's soccer program Portland. "Everything she does on the field is what makes her special off the field."
Smith said Sinclair is soft-spoken and quick to downplay her personal accomplishments.

"As good a goal scorer as she is, I think she enjoys watching her teammates score even more than scoring herself," Smith said. "She just wants to share that celebration."

The profile of women's soccer and women's sport in general is growing and that means Sinclair will only receive more attention.
Lenarduzzi said Sinclair's career may go down as one of the greatest ever.

"In the end, she'll be the top or near the top of the list of great players," Lenarduzzi said. "With every World Cup and every Olympics the profile of women's soccer grows and more people will get to know her and her accomplishments."


http://www.nationalpost.com/sports/story.html?id=641000

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Re: Another Sinclair Article

Post by FANatic on Wed Jul 09, 2008 8:29 am

I feel very fortunate to have seen this woman play soccer for the Portland Pilots. I watched her play for all four years and, while not being an expert on the sport, it was quite obvious I was watching a very wonderful talent.

I miss not seeing her out on Merlo Field. She made such incredible plays look so easy. And certainly, although it takes a great team effort to win a national championship, I don't think anyone will argue that Christine was MVP, (and then some!), of our two national titles in 2002 and 2005. cheers

Thanks for the memories, Christine! You will never be forgotten... Sad

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Re: Another Sinclair Article

Post by A_Fan on Wed Jul 09, 2008 12:32 pm

Does anyone know if there is a way to see their friendly with Brazil on TV tomorrow - since probably none of us have access to Canadian cable channels at home?

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Re: Another Sinclair Article

Post by Geezaldinho on Wed Jul 09, 2008 3:54 pm

rogers's Sportsnet.ca shows it will be on their cable network at 8:00PM pacific, but I don't think there is a way to get it here.


You can sign up for a live update at that site.....

Not the same, though. I want to see Christine and Sophie, too.

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Re: Another Sinclair Article

Post by Geezaldinho on Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:17 pm

Here's another article, this one on the fifa.com site

My favorite quote is from Pelerud (not my favorite coach)
"When Christine is on her game she makes her team-mates believe that they can beat anyone in the world."

She can beat anyone, too.

She's a little more humble, though. She says Canada isn't quite up to US level.
"But we are closing the gap considerably. We play each other a lot and it's hard to take them to overtime in one game and then lose 6-0 in another. It's important for us to get more consistent"

If they ever gain that consistency, and if they get just one or two more players who can hang with her-- watch out!

She's 24 now, and already has 87 goals.

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Re: Another Sinclair Article

Post by A_Fan on Thu Jul 10, 2008 9:38 am

Thanks for checking Geezer. You are right, live updates just aren't the same.

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Re: Another Sinclair Article

Post by FANatic on Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:27 pm

I'm going to open my big mouth and say that if Christine was playing for the US side, without Abby Wambach to share the load, she would have at least 100 goals by now! (And possibly more.) Twisted Evil

Don't think so? How many times a match does Abby get fed the ball with an opportunity to get a good shot off? Now consider how often Christine gets fed the ball with an opportunity to get a good shot off? And she still has 87 goals at age 24?

Zowee!!!

Both great strikers with vastly different styles and approaches to the game. Both very effective and nearly impossible to keep scoreless for very long. Smile

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And again

Post by Geezaldinho on Fri Jul 11, 2008 4:01 pm

Christine got her 92nd CNT goal against Brasil. she's closing in fast on 100.

She also got this article.

She finds new ways to do it all the time.

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