Women's soccer milestone: Christine Sinclair breaks Abby Wambach's scoring record

With two goals in Canada's 11-0 win over St. Kitts & Nevis in Concacaf Olympic qualifying, Christine Sinclair broke the all-time women's national team scoring record. From the penalty spot in the seventh minute after getting fouled, the 36-year-old tied Abby Wambach's record of 184 goals. Sixteen minutes later, she finished from seven yards out.

“Just unbelievable,” Sinclair said. “When I first started with the national team I could have never imagined standing here with the number of goals I’ve scored. It would have been impossible without my teammates who were beside me the entire way; all the coaches I’ve had, all the people back home who have supported me, a massive thank you.”

Wambach, who averaged 0.72 to Sinclair's 0.63, Sinclair tweeted: "Christine: History is made. Your victory is our victory. We celebrate with you." Wambach had broken Mia Hamm's record in 2013.

Of players in the Top 10, the USA's Carli Lloyd (age 37) and Alex Morgan (30), and Marta (33) are still active.

The Top 10
1. Christine Sinclair (Canada, 2000-)  185 goals/290 games
2. Abby Wambach (USA, 2001-2015)  184/256
3. Mia Hamm (USA, 1987-2004)  158/275
4. Kristine Lilly (USA, 1987–2010) 130/352
5. Birgit Prinz (Germany, 1994–2011)  128/214
6. Carli Lloyd (USA, 2005–)  121/288
7. Julie Fleeting (Scotland, 1996–2011)  116/121
8. Patrizia Panico (Italy, 1996–2014) 110/204
9. Marta (Brazil, 2017-) 107/151
9. Alex Morgan (USA, 2010–) 107/169

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Sinclair was born Burnaby, British Columbia, into a soccer family -- her father and uncles were amateur national champions. She debuted for Canada's full national team at age 16 and attended University of Portland, having been recruited by Coach Clive Charles. She was Soccer America's 2001 Freshman of the Year, won the national championship her sophomore year, and finished her collegiate career with 110 goals and 32 assists in 94 games.

Along with Brazil's Marta, Sinclair has the distinction of scoring in five World Cups. Her best finishes in world championships with Canada were bronze medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, after which she pledged to make it to her fourth Olympic tournament.

Sinclair recalls her childhood admiration for Mia Hamm:

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