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Abby Wambach vs. Christine Sinclair
by Paul Kennedy, August 5th, 2012 11:08PM

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TAGS:  canada, olympics, women's national team


[TALE OF THE TAPE] Monday's USA-Canada semifinal match in the Olympic women's soccer competition features Abby Wambach and Christine Sinclair, who have scored 142 and 140 international goals and are chasing Mia Hamm's world record of 158 goals.

Canada coach John Herdman compared the soft-spoken Sinclair, whose uncle is former Canadian international Brian Gant, to a Rolls-Royce. "She just floats around the pitch," he said, "and everything about her is class, as a person on the pitch, off the pitch." And Wambach? "A bit of everything, really," Herdman said. "But she's got to be stopped. She's got a Ferrari alongside her [Alex Morgan], and that causes a few more problems."

AGE:
Abby Wambach: 32.
Christine Sinclair: 29.

GOALS:
Abby Wambach: 142 in 186 games.
Christine Sinclair: 140 in 188 games.

INTERNATIONAL DEBUT:
Abby Wambach: was a senior at the University of Florida when she debuted for the USA against Germany in September 2001. Her first international goal came in April 2002 against Finland.
Christine Sinclair: was 16 when she made her international debut for Canada in a 4-0 loss to China at the 2000 Algarve Cup. Two days later, she scored her first international goal in a 2-1 loss to Norway.

WOMEN'S WORLD CUP:
Abby Wambach: 13 goals in 18 games over three tournaments, trailing only German Birgit Prinz and Brazilian Marta with 14 goals.
Christine Sinclair: seven goals in 12 games over the same three tournaments.

OLYMPICS:
Abby Wambach: eight goals in nine games. She would have probably had more but missed the 2008 tournament with a broken leg.
Christine Sinclair: five goals in eight games. Canada didn't qualify for the 2004 Olympics in Greece.

MEMORABLE MOMENT:
Abby Wambach: earned U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year honors for the fifth time after leading the USA to second place at the 2011 Women's World Cup. Her tying goal against Brazil in the dying seconds of overtime (122nd minute) in the quarterfinals is the latest goal ever scored in a FIFA competition and began a string of four straight games with at least one goal.
Christine Sinclair: scored 10 goals, still a record, and won the Golden Ball as tournament MVP to lead host Canada to a second-place finish at the inaugural Under-19 Women's World Championship in 2002.



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