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Christine Sinclair has witnessed many highs and lows over the last 10 years with the Canadian womens soccer team, but through it all her reliably excellent play has been the teams backbone. Sidney Jones Eagles Jersey . That consistency was rewarded Friday when Sinclair was named Canadian womens soccer player of the year for the 10th straight time, and 11th overall. Her latest accolade came a day after the 30-year-old forward from Burnaby, B.C., marked her 200th appearance for Canada and scored her 147th career international goal in a 2-0 win over Scotland. "Internationally Ive been a part of this team for a while and been through many ups and downs, and three coaches, but its clear to see the program is progressing," Sinclair said Friday on a conference call from Brazil, where Canada is participating in the Torneio Internacional de Futebol Feminino. "I think both technically and tactically, the support from the federation, everything seems to be going in the right direction building towards 2015," she added. The national womens program is in a good place heading into 2015, when Canada will host the FIFA Womens World Cup. Canada won its first ever Pan Am Games gold medal in 2011, then made its mark on the nations sports landscape with a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. "Very few people get an opportunity to actually play in a World Cup at home, but I think we have a shot at doing very well," Sinclair said. "Everything were doing is building toward that and trying to prove to everyone that what happened in London isnt a one-off thing and that its sustainable. That Canada is a forced to be reckoned within the international scene." Sinclair called her international experience this year "interesting." She missed Canadas first four international games due to a suspension stemming from an altercation with an official after Canadas semifinal loss to the U.S. at the London Games. She also said that Canada is currently in a building phase and developing younger players for the main squad, which has meant results have been muted following an explosive 2012. But on the club level, Sinclair had a season to remember. She led the Portland Thorns to the NWSL championship with eight goals in 20 matches. It marked her third straight club title, having won in 2010 with FC Gold Pride and 2011 with the Western New York Flash. "I have many ties to the Portland area having gone to university there," she said. "Its a soccer-crazy city, and being able to reward those fans and that organization with a championship, it just meant so much to me to be able to give that to the city." Sinclair added that as big as international womens soccer is getting, a healthy domestic league will do a lot to help to grow the game. "For me its all about doing everything I can to help the NWSL survive," she said. "Its my goal to have this league around for years to come, so that nine- and 10-year-olds now have a place to play when theyre done with university and a place to dream of playing. "Very few people make national teams, but it doesnt mean that once youre done your university or youth club career that your soccer career should be over." Sinclair made the 10-player shortlist for the 2013 FIFA Womens World Player of the Year award and was honoured on Canadas Walk of Fame. Sinclair first won the Canadian award in 2000 and has made it her own since 2004. Six men have won the male half of the award since then. A lot has happened since her first award, from the highs of playing in the 2002 under-19 World Cup final in front of a big crowd at Edmontons Commonwealth Stadium, to the lows of finishing in last place at the 2011 World Cup in Germany. "I remember back to 2002 with the under-19 world championship and there being almost 50,000 fans at the final and thinking All right, womens soccer has arrived in this country," she said. "And then we went through a little bit of a lull. As a national team we didnt perform as well as we would have hoped to, and you didnt see the huge increases in attendance. But obviously what happened in London has blown everyones expectations out of the water." Sinclair said the benefits of winning an Olympic medal go right down to soccers youth level. "Just little kids who recognize all of us, because when I was that age I had no idea there was even a national team," she said. "Now these kids have female athletes as role models and they dream of being the next Erin McLeod (Canadas goalkeeper), that never happened 15 years ago." Midfielder Diana Matheson was runner-up for the Canadian soccer award, followed by McLeod and midfielder Desiree Scott. The award is voted on by Canadian media, coaches and clubs. Portland Timbers captain Will Johnson was named male player of the year on Thursday. Dylan Carreiro and Kadeisha Buchanan were earlier named under-20 players of the year. Marco Carducci and Sura Yekka took under-17 honours while Liam Stanley was named Para Player of the Year. The awards are sponsored by BMO. Derek Barnett Womens Jersey . And follow right through Deadline Day for all the updates. Getting Creative The Pittsburgh Penguins will try their best to acquire Ryan Kesler from the Vancouver Canucks before the Trade Deadline. Donnel Pumphrey Jersey . The thinking at the time was Clowney could have already been promised he would be selected first overall by the Houston Texans, therefore negating any need to meet with any other teams. The plot took another twist this week.ST. PAUL, Minn. – Every morning for the final month of 2014, Leo Komarov woke up and hoped he simply didnt have a headache. That was life with a concussion for the Maple Leafs 27-year-old winger. He called it a weird feeling, this existence of being not quite awful, but never quite right, either. There were the small headaches that became sporadic throughout the day. There was the newfound sensitivity to lights and movement. It was strange, though not completely unfamiliar. It wasnt fun, said Komarov on the first day of 2015, feeling better in recent weeks. I could do everything Im used to doing, its just something wasnt right. This was not the first concussion for Komarov. He had two small ones in the past, he says. One time, he was even knocked out on the ice, but well enough, apparently, to play the next day. The Leafs took no such chances, though. Operating under a new climate of increased sensitivity to head injuries in hockey (and pro sports), they held Komarov out for 14 games. He was allowed to skate four days after he was first clipped by Alex Ovechkin, didnt feel quite right after and was kept on relative rest for the next couple weeks. He was urged to report symptoms whenever he felt them. The headaches seemed to be the most constant thing. They were minor, he says, but present just about every day. Sometimes hed wake up in the morning and feel fine, only for his head to start throbbing some time thereafter. He tried to watch TV, but never for quite as long as usual, played around on his iPad, nothing really out of the ordinary in the day-to-day of his normal life, though one that excluded hockey. He lingered with this undercurrent of just feeling off. Its hard in the world we live in right now, its hard to be without TV or phones or internet, Komarov says with some thought. I think if you locked yourself in a dark room, you would go crazy. Komarov started gearing up bit by bit by the middle of December. He began skating again in the third week of the month, rejoined the team on the ice a short while later and was finally back at practtice for the first time this past Saturday in Sunrise, Florida. Mack Hollins Womens Jersey. He was declared ready to play Wednesday in Boston after enduring three days of body contact without issue. In his first game back against the Bruins, Komarov scored the first Leaf goal in an eventual shootout win. He doesnt have any symptoms now, he says, but still kind of feels strange. He was even nervous to see how hed react to the bright lights, sounds and feel of being in a packed arena again, the TD Garden holding more than 17,000 people on Wednesday night. Its not maybe like where it used to be, but its probably because I havent [played] for a month. Just need to get used to it, said Komarov, who was credited with nine hits in the win over Boston. And you miss it, too. The only thing I can do is play hockey. Youre out for a month and its strange. Therein lies the challenge of concussions and part of why its been such a struggle to even confront, let alone overcome them. Theres just no predictability or sameness to the injury. Every one is different. And the symptoms can really only be reported by the individual. Theres no MRI to point out whats wrong, no simple test that can say with certainty whether a concussion is present or not. Word is Komarov even passed that first concussion test following the hit from Ovechkin. But evidently he did have a concussion after all. Daniel Winnik, sitting a stall over from Komarov in the spacious visiting room of the Minnesota Wilds home rink – where the Leafs will play Friday – was briefly knocked unconscious from a huge collision earlier this year. He did not have a concussion and was ready to play just a few days later. Thats the thing, said Komarov. Usually when youve got an AC joint or something, you know its going to be 4-6 weeks and you can start practicing after two weeks maybe, and be ready [soon after]. But in my situation, I couldnt really do anything. I just tried to wake up every morning and hope it was better, but it took time. Its a hard situation to be in, he concluded. You cant really do anything. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '



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