Canada’s Christine Sinclair, who plays for the Portland Thorns, has been named the National Women’s Soccer League Player of the Olympics.
The 33-year-old forward from Burnaby, B.C., scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over host Brazil to earn Canada its second straight Olympic bronze medal. The finish helped propel Canada from No. 10 in the FIFA world rankings to No. 4.
It was her 165th career goal in her 250th appearance for the national team. She is second only to retired U.S. forward Abby Wambach (184) for international goals.
Sinclair revealed after the medal match that she had lost her father just two months before the Olympics.
Canada’s captain scored three overall goals at the Rio Games.
The league’s Player of the Olympics was determined by vote of media members who cover the league.Report Typo/Error