Portland Thorns forward Christine Sinclair celebrates scoring a goal during the second half of their NWSL soccer match against the Orlando Pride in Portland, Ore., Saturday, April 15, 2017. The 35-year-old from Burnaby, B.C., earned her 14th Canadian Player of the Year Award on Tuesday capping a year that saw her shine on both the club and international stage. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Don Ryan

Christine Sinclair named Canadian Women’s player of the year again

This is the 14th time Sinclair has been named player of the year

Canada teammate Jordyn Huitema hadn’t been born when Christine Sinclair won her first Canadian Women’s Player of the Year Award in 2000.

Eighteen years later, Sinclair’s remarkable soccer career continues to impress.

The 35-year-old from Burnaby, B.C., earned her 14th Canadian Player of the Year Award on Tuesday capping a year that saw her shine on both the club and international stage.

Sinclair finished first in voting by Canadian media and coaches ahead of defender Kadeisha Buchanan, last year’s winner. UCLA midfielder Jessie Fleming was third, ahead of Manchester City striker Janine Beckie and Paris Saint-Germain wingback-midfielder Ashley Lawrence.

The men’s winner will be announced Wednesday. Besiktas midfielder Atiba Hutchinson has claimed the award the last six years.

Sinclair delivered the winning goal in the game that qualified Canada for next year’s Women’s World Cup in France — scoring a second for good measure in Canada’s 7-0 win over Panama in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Championship in October.

RELATED: Rockets prospects to represent Team Saskatchewan at Canada Games

And she led Canada in scoring for the 15th time in 19 years, with eight goals and two assists in 12 international matches as Canada went 8-4-0.

With 177 goals in 274 appearances for Canada, Sinclair is on the verge of soccer history. She is just seven goals back of retired American Abby Wambach (184) on the all-time scoring list.

On the club front, Sinclair played all 2,160 minutes for the Portland Thorns as they finished second in the NWSL. She scored nine goals and finished tied for third in the league with six assists as the Thorns reached the league championship game, losing 3-0 to the North Carolina Courage in September.

After being honoured as Canada’s best in 2000, Sinclair won the award every year from 2004 to 2014 until Buchanan interrupted the string in 2015. Sinclair won again in 2016, with Buchanan collecting the award in 2017.

Sinclair was 16 when she made her debut for Canada in March 2000.

Captain of both Canada and Portland, Sinclair has changed her game in recent years. After many years as a forward, she plays a more withdrawn role in Portland where she can serve both as provider and scorer. She is all over the field for Canada, drawing teammates into the play or threatening goalkeepers herself.

In January, Sinclair was appointed to the Order of Canada. One of the country’s highest civilian honours, it recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

She has also taken a leading role in raising money for the fight against multiple sclerosis. Sinclair’s mother Sandi has MS.

RELATED: Huitema, Cornelius named 2018 Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

On Monday, Derek Cornelius and Huitema were named Canadian Youth International Players of the Year. Earlier, Jacob Orellana was voted Canadian Futsal Player of the Year and Damien Wojtiw Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year.

Goalkeeper James Pantemis was chosen winner of the Allstate Canadian National Teams Good Hands Award.

Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vernon golf course to host national event local qualifier

The Rise hosts the RBC PGA Scramble qualifier Sunday, July 26

UPDATED: Interior Health to add 495 long-term seniors care beds

Nelson, Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon and Penticton to receive new facilities

Boardwalk closures ahead for Vernon cyclists, pedestrians

Next phase of storm rehab project will see closures of up to 20 minutes

Missing woman last seen in Lumby

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP seek public’s help in locating 32-year-old woman

Vernon RCMP look to return stolen bike to owner

If you are missing your bike from Cenotaph park on July 5, call Vernon RCMP

Vernon Mounties share video of cyclist hit by vehicle, assaulted

Police release short video clip of cyclist struck by SUV in March 2020, and photos of suspects

Prohibited driver ticketed after rollover on Highway 1 near Salmon Arm

Jeep Cherokee hit rock face before rolling multiple times

Village of Keremeos looks to dismantle systemic racism

Mayor says the time is right to deconstruct racist institutions

Penticton woman struck by mystery bullet

Woman suffers no major injuries; RCMP without any leads, investigation continues

COVID-19 exposure on Kelowna flight

Interior Health has capacity to test individuals who need it, but is reminding everyone that testing is not required for those who do not have symptoms

Kelowna COVID-19 cluster identified after private parties

Risks ‘considerably higher’ while attending private events, said Health Minster Adrian Dix

Use of safety flares prompt search on Shuswap Lake

Marine search and rescue crew finds boat unoccupied, no one in distress

Foul play not currently suspected in death of man found near Sicamous

Body found in woods near vehicle linked Edmonton Police Service investigation of suspicious death

Drive-by shooting in Kamloops

This is the second drive-by shooting in the city in the last two weeks

Most Read