FFT's best seasons in U.S. women's professional soccer history: 15-11
The #WoSo15 begins in appropriate fashion, with one of the best players in the history of the sport:
15. Christine Sinclair, 2010
There is a subtlety to Christine Sinclair’s game that has cost her deserved recognition. That isn’t by any means fair, but sport and life hardly ever are. Here is Sinclair’s reality: She is the second-greatest goal-scorer in the history of international soccer. She recently passed Mia Hamm for that honor, and now she’s chasing Abby Wambach. Humility is central to Sinclair’s personality, so there is little self-promotion to boost her stock.
That can make it tough to pick out singular moments of greatness. She goes at one steady, exceptional clip, and she has done so for nearly two decades, debuting for Canada’s senior team in 2000. Sinclair has three professional women’s soccer championships to her name, and her first came during her best season, in 2010 with FC Gold Pride.
Sinclair’s 10 regular-season goals that season were second on the team only to Marta, and the Canadian captain added two more in a 4-0 romp of a very tired Philadelphia Independence team in the final (the WPS playoff format had Philly playing three games in a week). That FC Gold Pride team might have been the best ever assembled, and Sinclair was a big piece, even if Marta got most of the credit. Here’s perspective: Gold Pride won the regular-season crown with 53 points in 24 matches. The second-place Boston Breakers had 36 points.
FC Gold Pride soon folded, and Sinclair and Marta (along with several others) made their way to the Western New York Flash, where another WPS title followed. Sinclair’s numbers were equally impressive in 2011, and equally overshadowed. That 2010 season was signature Sinc.
- Jeff Kassouf