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Burnaby's Christine Sinclair returning to Portland Thorns for 11th season

The 39-year-old wants another trophy after recently claiming her third career National Women's Soccer League championship.
Burnaby soccer icon Christine Sinclair has announced she will return to Portland Thorns FC for an 11th season.

Christine Sinclair isn't hanging up her boots just yet. 

Fresh off of her third National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) title with Portland Thorns FC, the all-time international-leading goal scorer announced she will be back for the 2023 season during a victory celebration on Tuesday (Nov. 1). 

"I'm announcing it here, I'll be back next year," Sinclair said at the podium in Providence Park.

In February, the Canadian soccer icon signed a new deal with Portland through 2022, with an option for 2023.

"Everybody knows that Christine Sinclair has been at the center of this club’s success since the beginning of this league," Portland Thorns FC general manager Karina LeBlanc said in a news release. 

"The impact she's had not only on our club and this league, but on the global game highlights her importance. She is a leader who inspires all those around her to be better, while constantly striving to be a top-class professional day in and day out. 

"Throughout this process it was clear that Christine wanted to remain in Portland, and we are thrilled that she will be returning for the 2023 season."

Following their 2-0 championship win over Kansas City on Saturday (Oct. 29), Sinclair became the leader in NWSL playoff appearances (12) and is also the league record-holder in playoff minutes (1,022). 

Since Portland's inaugural NWSL season in 2013, Sinclair leads the club all-time in games played (157), games started (152) and goals scored (59).

She is also just one of two players to score a goal in every year of the league and ranks second all-time in goals, sixth in games started, eighth in minutes played and ninth in games played in league history. 

"Sinc is a foundational member of this team," Portland Thorns FC head coach and former Team Canada teammate Rhian Wilkinson added. 

"Their success is her success, the Thorns and Christine Sinclair are synonymous. 

"Having Sincy’s leadership, goal scoring prowess, and standard setting mentality, makes the Portland Thorns better every day."

Last season, Sinclair appeared in 14 games where she scored five goals in 990 minutes played.