Christine Sinclair scores goal No. 182 vs. Dutch at World Cup


Canada's Christine Sinclair, right, controls the ball in front of Netherlands' Sherida Spitse during the Women's World Cup Group E match between the Netherlands and Canada at Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (Francisco Seco/AP)

REIMS, France — Canada captain Christine Sinclair collected career goal No. 182 Thursday, scoring against the Netherlands in preliminary-round play at the Women’s World Cup.

Sinclair, who turned 36 on June 12, is now just three goals from surpassing retired American Abby Wambach’s world record of 184 goals.

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The goal, in Sinclair’s 285th outing for Canada, came at Stade Auguste-Delaune. A sliding Sinclair poked in an Ashley Lawrence cross at the far post to tie the game at 1-1 in the 60th minute. The goal comes 7,037 days after she opened her account for Canada — March 14, 2000, in a 2-1 loss to Norway at the Algarve Cup.

It was Sinclair’s seventh career goal against the Netherlands.

The forward from Burnaby, B.C., is taking part in her fifth World Cup, tying retired goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc’s Canadian record. Sinclair has scored in all five to up her total goal tally at the tournament to 10, second only to Brazil’s Marta (17) among active players at France 2019.

It was the fifth goal in 10 games for Canada in 2019 for the Portland Thorns star.


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