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Should Christine Sinclair retire from the CWNT?

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On the topic of retirement, if the Canadian women's roster includes the same players that got minutes against the U.S.A., last October 17th, the team average will be 26.5 years by the time we face the Netherlands on June 20th. An experienced squad for women's standards today. This will more than likely be final World Cup for the five senior players on the team.

36 - Sinclair

35 - Matheson

32 - Labbe

30 - Chapman

30 - Schmidt

26 - Zadorsky

26 - Leon

24 - Beckie

24 - Lawrence

24 - Prince

23 - Buchanan

23 - Quinn

21 - Fleming

18 - Huitema

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Christine Sinclair gave an interview to TSN ( September 2018 )  which revealed  that she still harbours ambitions  for winning an Olympic gold medal ( which implies the  2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics ) as well as winning the WWC.  If true ,then Christine Sinclair will probably not  be retiring shortly after the 2019 WWC France.


In addition, someone playing this well for both club and country could conceivably finish this cycle and then play for another cycle after that. At the end of the 2018 NWSL season , Sinclair was tied for fourth in in goals , tied for second in assists , and was one of the league's minute leaders.  The same with Canada, Sinclair was the team's top scorer  and a top minutes  leader as well.

To me, Christine Sinclair will break Abby Wambach's record next year ( 2019 ) but hypothetically if she doesn't I don't think it's a catastrophe. I think Christine Sinclair has a few more quality years in her and will at some point inevitably break Wambach's record and then add to it ( perhaps substantially ).

Finally,  if people knew how thin Canada's talent pool really was ( relative to other top nations )  then they would  not  be in such a hurry to see Christine Sinclair retire. For Canada's sake,  it may be necessary for Christine Sinclair to play for Canada into her early 40s.

Edited by tc-in-bc

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I love the "punctuation" bit, I usually go "typo".

Old players never die, the mental compete lasts to the grave. I think every 80yr old thinks given enough drugs they can still lace up the boots and get it done.

The physical side is the grim reaper though. The question for all aging players is can their body get there. Age creeps up pretty quickly in the mid to late 30s. And doing well in the NWSL and doing well in the World Cup once you get out of group are different things. That's not just age-related either, there are players who can compete successfully at say a league level but can't elevate their game to international knockout level. Negotiating decisions like that head-on is what sets master coaches apart from the crowded lot of journeymen.

The EURO showed women's soccer has hit a level where anyone who has selected and managed and shepherded technically and spiritually and configured properly and everything dialed in can go right to the finish. The audacity of the Dutch, the Danes and the Austrians are a refreshing herald of the new world order and a warning to expect the unexpected. Which is great for women's soccer which has traditionally been the usual suspects.

Edited by Vic

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Okay, here's some hope for all you "Seniors" out there.

Brazil's Formiga holds the record for being the oldest woman to score a goal at a World Cup Final tournament. She was 37 years and 98 days old when she put one in the old onion bag against South Korea, in Montreal, on June 9, 2015.

So if Christine wants to break that record, she will have to keep playing at least until the 2023 World Cup Final.

And if she wants the all-time record for women or men, she'll have to keep going till at least the 2027 World Cup Final to break Roger Milla's record:


Stats: List of oldest goal-scorers in World Cup

1990 World Cup Finals. Second Phase. Naples, Italy. 23rd June, 1990. Cameroon 2 v Colombia 1. Cameroon's Roger Milla celebrates after scoring the second goal to put his team through to the quarter finals.

Roger Milla

Cameroon’s legendary striker Roger Milla leads the chart of oldest goal-scorers in World Cup. He scored a World Cup goal at the age of 43 years 49 days. A list of oldest goal-scorers in World Cup is given below.

Milla appeared in 5 World Cups starting from 1978. 1994 World Cup was his last one, where he became the oldest player to play as well as score in a world cup.

A list of oldest goal-scorers in World Cups is given below.


Edited by Robert

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