Christine Sinclair and Liam Fraser named Canada Soccer Players of the Month for January 2020
Posted on 31 January 2020 in Awards & Recognition
Christine Sinclair and Liam Fraser have been named Canada Soccer’s Players of the Month for January 2020. The two Canadian stars had Player of the Match performances for Canada Soccer’s National Teams in January, with captain Sinclair notably breaking the world’s all-time international goalscoring record.
Sinclair reached the remarkable milestone of scoring her 185th international goal in an 11:0 win over St. Kitts & Nevis at the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship. She first tied the all-time record with the winning 1-0 goal in the 7th minute (penalty kick) and then scored the world record-breaking goal in the 23rd minute for a 4-0 lead. On her second goal, it was a Jessie Fleming interception followed by an Adriana Leon assist that led to the Sinclair right-footed, record breaker in Edinburg, Texas on Wednesday 29 January.
Incidentally, January is Sinclair’s best month in terms of goals-per-match average, with 18 goals scored in 18 all-time matches during the first month of the calendar year. Since 2000, she has scored 44 goals in 40 competitive Concacaf matches (10 competitions). (More on Christine Sinclair’s all-time international goalscoring record)
Fraser, who made his international debut in that historic 2:0 victory over USA on 15 October 2019 (his interception in the 63rd minute led to the winning goal), was Canada’s player of the match in their 4:1 win over Barbados on 7 January. Across the two-week camp in California, Fraser started all three matches and played more minutes than any other outfield player (246 minutes), also recording a decisive assist in another 4:1 win over Barbados on 10 January.
In the pair of Men’s National Team victories against Barbados, eight different players scored for Canada, including veterans Tosaint Ricketts, Tesho Akindele, Jonathan Osorio and Russell Teibert. Youngsters Theo Bair, Charles-Andreas Brym, Amer Didic and Jayden Nelson all scored their first international goals. Alongside Sinclair’s brace, five other players scored for the Women's National Team in their opening match at the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship. Leon scored four goals, Ashley Lawrence scored twice, and Fleming, Jordyn Huitema and Jayde Riviere each scored once. For Riviere, it was her first international goal.
Looking ahead, Canada have group matches against Jamaica and Mexico at the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying in Edinburg, TX, USA, the eight-nation confederation championship from which two nations will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Canada will next face Jamaica on Saturday 1 February (16.30 local / 17.30 ET / 14.30 PT) and then Mexico on Tuesday 4 February (17.30 local / 18.30 ET / 15.30 PT). Canadian fans can watch every Concacaf match live on OneSoccer.ca. Fans will find extended coverage across Canada Soccer’s digital channels on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter featuring the social media hashtag #CANWNT.
CANADA SOCCER’S PLAYERS of the MONTH
January 2020 – Liam Fraser and Christine Sinclair