The Equalizer’s NWSL Week 2 POW: Christine Sinclair

The Equalizer Staff April 22, 2013 12


Chistine Sinclair is The Equalizer's Week 2 Player of the Week. (Copyright Patricia Giobetti |

Portland Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair is The Equalizer’s National Women’s Soccer League Week 2 Player of the Week as voted on by the editors of the site.

Sinclair assisted Alex Morgan’s game-winning goal in the 52nd minute of a 2-1 win over Seattle Reign FC when Sinclair played a sublime ball after a poor giveaway from Seattle. The pair of international stars nearly connected in the opening minutes when Sinclair played a well-weighted ball over the top to Morgan, but Seattle goalkeeper Michelle Betos came off her line to eventually clear the danger.

Typically an out-and-out forward, Sinclair dropped into more of an attacking midfield role behind Morgan for Sunday’s match against Seattle. The switch was one Sinclair decided to make in order to get on the ball more, she said.

“It was an adjustment on my part; more feeding the forwards instead of being the one receiving the ball.,” she said of the deeper role.

With the assist, Sinclair now leads the league in points (3) after scoring a penalty kick in a 1-1 draw with FC Kansas City on opening day.


Week 1 Player of the Week: WNY Flash goalkeeper Adrianna Franch

  • Ashley

    Good choice. She worked really hard. Pretty sure dropping to the midfield was something she was forced to do though, since no one there was helping her. Hopefully they can get it together so she can go back to her natural position. I don’t want to see her in the midfield all season long – she is one of the best forwards in the world, the best finisher, and belongs up top with Morgan.

    • TsovLoj

      Agreed. If the midfield had their act together she’d be on the front line racking up points. Instead she’s having to do their job for them and play forward at the same time.

    • vert2013

      It’d be a shame for her to be stuck in the midfield until Heath comes back and even then she may have to stick back some more. On paper pdx’s midfield should be a lot better than they are. I mean on paper doesn’t always translate but usually there isn’t this big a gap.

      • TsovLoj

        It’s because of Parlow’s UNC cronyism. If it doesn’t improve, she should get the sack. She is the central person responsible for this.

        • vert2013

          Depends on if they keep winning. If they can win despite their lackluster midfield CPC’s job is safe.

          • TsovLoj

            With the allocation we got we should be doing better than winning 2-1 against a team with no USWNT players, Fishlock or no. That alarms me more than tieing FCKC. FCKC is legitimately good.

      • newsouth

        Heath loves to dribble into traffic. They’ll still need to drop Sinclair back, even when she is on the roster.

        • vert2013

          She hasn’t been nearly as bad with that recently for the NT and barely at all with PSG.

        • Steglitz49

          Tobin Heath, allegedly, is trying to persuade her team-mates at PSG of the benefits of eating peanut-butter jelly sandwiches. She may have better luck with gatorade.

          On the other hand, Gold-Lena tried to teach her team-mates to knit. I think she gave up eventually though, like all successful athletes, she was persistent if not stubborn.

  • Kernel Thai

    it’s been suggested in other place the Portland crowd was the PotW and Im going with that theory. Im still impressed by the effort that put forth.

    • TsovLoj

      I’ll agree with that. It must be incredibly intimidating for the other teams to come out of their high school stadium and deal with a fanatical MLS-sized crowd like that on the road.

  • newsouth

    the one person keeping the thorns from imploding since their mid-field is a mess and she has organized it two weeks in a row.