Canada beats Australia in Christine Sinclair's swan song

The Canadian women’s team sent Sinclair out on a winning note on Tuesday in Vancouver in her last international game.

Canada beats Australia in Christine Sinclair's swan song
  • Canada 1 (Quinn 40’), Australia 0
  • Sinclair started, played 58 minutes in her farewell match 
  • Canada finished 2023 with 7 wins, 5 losses and 1 draw

The Canadian women’s team honoured Christine Sinclair in the best possible fashion: With a win. 

Quinn’s first-half goal proved decisive for Canada in a 1-0 victory over Australia on Tuesday in the finale of a two-game friendly series between the nations that served as Sinclair’s international retirement match. 

A crowd of 48,112 fans was on hand at Vancouver’s BC Place which was officially rechristened Christine Sinclair Place for this historic game that marked the end of an era and paid tribute to one of the greatest Canadian athletes of all time. The contest also set an attendance record for the largest crowd to ever watch a Canadian women’s team friendly. 

Sinclair, a 40-year-old from Burnaby, B.C, retired from the national team with 331 caps and as the all-time top scorer in international career (amongst both men and women) with 190 goals and 54 assists, and having won three Olympic medals (including a gold) and competed in six FIFA World Cups. She plans to play one more year for her pro club, the Portland Thorns of the NWSL, before hanging up her cleats for good.