In a week where the scoring slowed down in Women’s Professional Soccer, it wasn’t easy for the Goal.com staff to decide on a Player of the Week. Despite a three-way tie for first, FC Gold Pride’s Christine Sinclair comes out ahead of the pack to earn the designation of Goal.com’s Player of Week Eight.
“F.C. Gold Pride got their first road win of the season on Saturday with Sinclair scoring the games only goal in the 30th minute off of a rebound,” Goal.com’s Allen Ramsey said. “It was only Sinclair's second tally of the season, but she showed how willing she is to go for goal, posting six total shots in the match.”
For those who saw the game, it wasn’t the prettiest of goals. It was actually a goal that surprised even Sinclair herself. FC Gold Pride raced down the field in the 30th minute against Chicago. Adriane crossed the ball into the box. Red Stars goalkeeper Caroline Jonsson couldn’t quite get control of it. After some confusion in the box, Gold Pride forward Christine Sinclair dribbled the loose ball right into the net for a 1-0 lead.
“Adriane had a great run and got a good cross on it,” Sinclair said. “Tiffeny [Milbrett] forced the keeper to make a save. It popped out. I think I literally dribbled the ball into the net. It was huge for us to get a goal in the first half.”
But pretty or not, the goal led her club to a 1-0 victory over Chicago – just its third win in seven games. Sinclair is no stranger to success. As a member of the Canadian National Team, she’s helped her club make it to the 2003 and 2007 World Cup, as well as the 2008 Olympics. Sinclair earned the Golden Ball and Golden Boot helping Canada win the silver medal at the FIFA U-29 Women’s World Cup in 2002. Sinclair is also the reigning Canadian Soccer Association Player of the Year. She’s won the award three consecutive times from 2006-2008.
As a member of FC Gold Pride, Sinclair leads her team with 22 shots, including eight on goal. She’s tied with Tiffeny Milbrett for the most goals on the team with two.
“Sinclair is truly a special player,” Goal.com’s Kathryn Knapp said. “Sinclair took advantage of a situation on Saturday and led her team to victory, hands down. FC Gold Pride is a tough squad. And she’s becoming the club’s fearless leader.”
Marta single-handedly led the Los Angeles Sol to victory again. Her 80th-minute goal insured her club the 1-0 win and a three-point margin in the WPS standings. The goal ties Marta with Kelly Smith for the league-lead with four goals.
“A big goal late in the game was the difference in the Sol's match against Sky Blue FC. The scorer? Unsurprisingly it was Brazilian superstar Marta who has taken the league by storm,” Goal.com’s Shane Evans said. “The goal exhibited the huge impact she has and how valuable she is to her team.”
And lastly, Alex Scott also received some votes. Scott led the Boston Breakers to a 1-1 draw with the Washington Freedom after a 49th minute goal. The defender hammered home a goal that helped her team climb out of last place. Scott has played every minute for Boston in the backline.
“Marta and Christine Sinclair both scored match winners for their respective teams, but ultimately Alex Scott's overall game performance puts her just ahead of the pack,” Goal.com’s Jennifer Dawson said. “The Boston defender was really solid in the back, making critical tackles and interceptions throughout the game. The English international's speed, passing, and positional awareness had the Washington defense struggling to contain her. Most importantly, Scott scored a stunning goal, powerfully shot through the goalkeeper's arms, high and into the back of the net.”
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