Sinclair had one of
the great individual games in women's soccer history when she scored three goals to give Canada the lead three times in its semifinal against the USA at the 2012 Olympic Games before finally losing,
4-3, in overtime. The outcome was controversial as the USA equalized after a rare call against Canada keeper Erin McLeod for delay of game.
“It’s a shame in a game like that, that was so important, the ref decided
the result before it started," said Sinclair, whose post-game remarks critical of Norwegian referee Christiana Pedersen earned her a four-game international
suspension from FIFA.
All the pressure will be on Sinclair at home as Canada hosts the 2015 Women's World Cup. It is considered the weakest of the six seeds.
always get to see how brilliant she is," Solo told the CBC last year, "because she doesn't
always have the support players but I think now she's starting to get the support players she needs to really highlight her own play."
Solo placed Sinclair ahead of her U.S. teammate,
Abby Wambach, the only player in the world with more international goals that Sinclair's 153 for Canada, and Brazilian Marta, the five-time Women's Player of the Year.
"She plays both sides of the ball," Solo added. "Marta, she gets the ball with her feet, she can score goals. But Christine
Sinclair, she reads the game, she passes, she gets assists and she's dangerous every time she gets the ball."
The niece of former NASL players Bruce and Brian Gant, Sinclair grew up in Burnaby, British Columbia, and attended the University of Portland, where she led the Pilots to NCAA
titles in 2002 and 2005. She set a Division I goal-scoring record with 39 goals in 2005.
TRIVIA. Sinclair wears No. 12 after former Toronto Blue Jays
second baseman Roberto Alomar. She played Little League baseball as a girl growing up in Burnaby.