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Portland Thorns captain Christine Sinclair signs contract extension

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Portland Thorns’ captain Christine Sinclair has signed a contract extension with the club through 2022. Included is an option for the 2023 season.

“We are excited to re-sign Christine so that she can continue her career as a Thorn. She’s always been a Thorn, and she’s made it clear that she always wants to be a Thorn,” said general manager Karina LeBlanc. “What she has done for this team as a leader, for this organization and this community has been massive. She is a great human and the epitome of what a Thorns player should be.”

The forward, who is also the Canada Women’s National Team captain, will enter her 10th season with the club in 2022. During her time with the club, Sinclair has helped lead the Thorns to the 2013 and 2017 NWSL Championships. The Thorns have also won two NWSL Shields (2016, 2021), the NWSL Fall Series (2020), the NWSL Challenge Cup (2021) and the Women’s International Champions Cup (2021) during her tenure.

The only player to start and play in every playoff game in the club’s history, Sinclair currently leads the club in games played (143), games started (140), minutes played (12,404) and goals (54).

This past season, Sinclair appeared in 15 matches, tallying five goals and one assist. It was her seventh time in eight seasons recording at least five goals.

“Sinclair is a player who has proudly represented the Thorns organization since day one of the NWSL,” said head coach Rhian Wilkinson. “Her ability to maintain the very top professional standard for as long as she has, her understanding of the game, her finishing ability, and her leadership make her a player we could not be prouder to have represent us.”

With the CWNT, the 38-year-old won gold at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. A member of the team since 2000, she has made 208 international appearances, tallying 188 goals.

The Thorns announced yesterday that longtime midfielder Lindsey Horan will be on loan with Lyon through 2023.