Christine Sinclair highlights latest Canadian women’s roster

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Canada's Christine Sinclair. (Peter Power/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Christine Sinclair will try to take one step closer to becoming the all-time leading scorer in international women’s soccer next month.

Canada’s long-time captain Sinclair was named to the Reds’ roster on Wednesday for a friendly against Brazil on Sept. 2 at TD Place Stadium in Ottawa.

Sinclair has 173 goals in 265 appearances since making her national team debut in 2000. She ranks second in all-time goals in the international women’s game, behind retired U.S. star Abby Wambach, who scored 184 times during her career.

Even at age 35, Sinclair is showing no signs of slowing down, and she recently told Sportsnet 590 The FAN that she plans to keep playing through the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

 
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Sinclair is one of four two-time Olympic bronze medalists named to coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller’s squad for the friendly vs. Brazil, alongside Sophie Schmidt, Desiree Scott, and Diana Matheson. Goalkeeper Erin McLeod, who won bronze at the 2012 Games in London but missed out in 2016 in Rio due to injury, was named to the Canadian roster.

This Canadian team also features other members of the 2016 bronze-medal side in Janine Beckie, Kadeisha Buchanan, Allysha Chapman, Jessie Fleming, Stephanie Labbé, Ashley Lawrence, Nichelle Prince and Rebecca Quinn.

This Canadian squad includes five teenagers: Maya Antoine, Julia Grosso, Jordyn Huitema, Jayde Riviere, and Deanne Rose.

Shannon Woeller was also named to the squad.

A 28-year-old defender from Vancouver, Woeller previously played for the national team from 2009 to 2012, but then stopped getting call ups under former coach John Herdman. Now, she appears to be back in the fold for Canada.

“My first few years after being dropped from the program [following her first stint with the team] were challenging. As a kid growing up all you want is to play for your country, and I was there, and so close to reaching my dreams. For so long that dream was what drove me day in and day out. When my call-ups dried up, I was frustrated with myself, and I was upset that I wasn’t getting the opportunities that I wanted,” Woeller recently told Sportsnet.

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The game in Ottawa against Brazil serves as preparation for Canada for the upcoming Olympic qualifiers. The Reds will compete at the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championships in October slated to take place in Texas and North Carolina.

Canada is currently fifth in the FIFA world rankings, two spots above Brazil. The two sides met in the bronze medal game at the 2016 Rio Olympics with Canada earning a 2-1 victory over the host nation.

The two sides also met twice in the buildup to the 2016 Games, with Brazil earning a 2-0 win in Toronto, and Canada securing a 1-0 victory in Ottawa courtesy of a Janine Beckie goal.

Canada’s last game was a 3-2 loss against Germany on June 10 in Hamilton, Ont.

CANADA’S ROSTER

Goalkeepers: Stephanie Labbe, Erin McLeod and Sabrina D’Angelo.

Defenders: Lindsay Agnew, Allysha Chapman, Ashley Lawrence, Jayde Riviere, Maya Antoine, Shannon Woeller, Kadeisha Buchanan and Shelina Zadorsky.

Midfielders: Rebecca Quinn, Jessie Fleming, Julia Grosso, Diana Matheson, Sophie Schmidt and Desiree Scott.

Forwards: Jordyn Huitema, Adriana Leon, Nichelle Prince, Deanne Rose, Christine Sinclair, Janine Beckie.

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