It’s been an eventful Concacaf Olympic qualifying campaign for the Canadian women’s team.
Not only did Canada secure a berth at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, but captain Christine Sinclair also became the greatest-ever goalscorer in international soccer, for both men and women, when she scored her 185th goal in the team’s 11-0 win against Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Canada went undefeated over the group stage, as that win over Saint Kitts and Nevis was followed by a 9-0 victory over Jamaica, and a 2-0 decision against Mexico.
The Reds stamped their passport for Japan with a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in the tournament semifinals. But they’re still not done, as the United States awaits them in Sunday’s final.
Here’s CanPL.ca’s full coverage of Canada’s Olympic qualifying campaign and Sinclair’s record-breaking moment.
The Canadian women’s team is Tokyo bound. Canada booked its spot at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics after a hard-fought 1-0 over Costa Rica in the semifinals of the Concacaf Olympic qualifying tournament. || FULL STORY
Canadian women’s team coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller doesn’t mince words when speaking about Ashley Lawrence. “From my point of view, she’s the best fullback in the world, by far,” Heiner-Møller told reporters last week on the eve of Canada’s opening game at the Concacaf Olympic qualifying tournament. || FULL STORY
Veteran Canadian midfielder Sophie Schmidt will become a member of the 200 cap club at some point this year, but she didn’t even know she was closing in on the special milestone when recently informed of it by CanPL.ca. || FULL STORY
How good is 19-year-old midfielder Julia Grosso? “She can do whatever she wants in this game, she’s that talented. … She has a long future with this team,” Christine Sinclair told CanPL.ca. || FULL STORY
Christine Sinclair scored her 186th goal against Mexico, giving Canada a 2-0 win in its final group stage match, and setting up a date with Costa Rica for a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. || FULL STORY
Iconic Canadian captain Christine Sinclair etched her name into the history books when she scored twice in an 11-0 win over Saint Kitts and Nevis in Canada’s opening game of the Concacaf Olympic qualifying tournament. || FULL STORY
Here is CanPL.ca’s full coverage of Sinclair’s historic feat.
“She turned heads and made people believe in Canadians. It was her ability to be in the right place at the right time and score some of the most iconic and important goals for our country that we all admire. But as Heiner-Møller recently said, ‘she is so much more than that.’ I couldn’t agree more…” — an ode from Sinclair’s former teammate, Carmelina Moscato. || FULL STORY
A column from CanPL.ca’s John Molinaro on Sinclair’s influence on Canadian soccer:
“In case you don’t fully understand it, here it is, in the most basic of terms: In the vast and long history of international soccer, nobody – man or woman – has scored more goals than Christine Sinclair. Nobody. Pele, Maradona, Platini, Zidane, Cruyff, Di Stefano, and the other members of soccer’s hallowed pantheon are looking up toward Sinclair. She sits alone atop the international goal-scoring charts.” || FULL STORY
Finally, relive the historic night as it happened. All the best reactions from the soccer world that poured in to congratulate Sinclair — from Abby Wambach herself to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. || FULL STORY