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Sinclair Named NWSL Player of the Olympics

Sinclair scored 3 goals, leading Canada to their second consecutive Bronze Medal finish.

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Portland Thorns forward and Canadian captain Christine Sinclair has been named NWSL Player of the Olympics, as voted on by the NWSL Media Association.

Sinclair scored 3 goals in the tournament, bringing her international goalscoring total to 165,  trailing only Abby Wambach on the all-time international goalscoring charts.  She also added an assist in the group stage match against Australia and play 450 minutes in the tournament.

In 7 appearances (6 starts) for the Thorns this season, Sinclair has scored 3 goals and added an assist. earning herself her second NWSL Player of the Month recognition in June.

Sinclair will rejoin the Thorns on Friday, per the news release.

The Thorns return from the month-long Olympic break this Saturday, when they take on the Seattle Reign on Saturday at 2:00pm from Memorial Stadium in Seattle.

NWSL News Release

CHICAGO (Aug. 26, 2016) - Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair was voted the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Olympics by the NWSL Media Association for her efforts at the 2016 Rio Games.
Sinclair, 33, scored three goals at the Summer Games to tie Houston Dash forward and fellow Canada international Janine Beckie for the most by an NWSL player at the tournament. Her final goal at the tournament in Brazil came against the hosts in the bronze-medal match and was what proved to be the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory for Canada.
The Burnaby, British Columbia native now stands with 165 international goals - second all-time, behind only former U.S. international Abby Wambach. The former Western New York Flash striker retired from the U.S. Women's National Team with 184 international goals.
Sinclair, the third oldest player from the league at the Rio Olympics, was tied for second among NWSL players at the tournament with 450 minutes - behind only Orlando Pride defender and Brazil international Monica (600 minutes). The 2013 NWSL champion played every minute of the five matches she played at the Olympics and only missed the final encounter of the group stage against Germany - with Canada having already qualified for the knockout stages.
In addition to her bronze-medal winning goal, the two-time NWSL Player of the Month (April 2013, June 2016) scored in both group stage matches in which she played. She notched a vital insurance tally in the 80th minute of a 2-0 victory for Canada over Australia. Sinclair and her teammates had to play the final 71 minutes of their opening match at the tournament with 10 players after Washington Spirit defender Shelina Zadorsky was sent off in the 19 th minute.
The 2013 NWSL Second XI member also picked up an assist earlier in the match - as she set up the fastest goal in the history of women's soccer at the Olympics after she seized on a defensive miscue and then crossed to Beckie, who slotted home just 20 seconds into the game against Australia.
Sinclair - who has 20 goals and six assists in 59 appearances all-time in the NWSL - also scored in a 3-1 victory for Canada over Zimbabwe on Match Day 2 as she converted from the penalty spot in the 19th minute. The two-time bronze medalist has competed at three Olympics (2008 Beijing, 2012 London, 2016 Rio) and has scored 11 times in 15 matches all-time at the Summer Games.
Sinclair and Portland Thorns will return to action in their first game since the Rio Olympics on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. ET against Seattle Reign FC at Memorial Stadium in Seattle. Sinclair will rejoin the Thorns the day before the game.
The NWSL Player of the Olympics was selected by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of press that cover the league on a consistent basis. For more information on the NWSL Media Association, follow them on Twitter.