Sinclair passes Wambach as all-time international leading goalscorer

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Canada hammered St. Kitts & Nevis 11-0 in CONCACAF Olympic qualifying, but the lopsided scoreline was not the highlight of the match.

Canadian striker Christine Sinclair scored a pair in the contest, equalling and then passing Abby Wambach’s all-time goal record with 185 career international goals. With more goals than anyone else in the history of international soccer, Sinclair achieved the feat in 290 caps for Canada in a career spanning 20 seasons.

Sinclair’s debut came as a 16-year-old at the Algarve Cup and her first goal came at the age of 17 in March of 2000. Now at 36 years old, she has secured one of the most coveted international milestones.

American forward Abby Wambach, the old record holder after bagging her 184th goal in 2015, tweeted her congratulations to Sinclair for the achievement.

Sinclair won the MAC Hermann Trophy twice as a student at the University of Portland, winning NCAA titles in 2002 and 2005 and setting the NCAA Division 1 record for goals in a season with 39. She has been a member of the Portland Thorns since 2013 where she has scored 52 goals in 137 appearances.