Sinclair training with Canada's team

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 7:12 AM ET

Christine Sinclair is back in Vancouver, but not with the Whitecaps. At least for now.

The 22-year-old from Burnaby is training through Monday with Canada's national women's soccer team as it readies for a busy 2006.

Sinclair finished her career with the University of Portland Pilots last month, guiding them to a second NCAA Division 1 women's soccer title in four years.

She had 110 goals and recorded the winning markers in both the 2002 and 2005 championships.

"My goal was to win the national championship," Sinclair said. "My team this year was unbelievable; we came out on fire."

Sinclair repeated as Herman Trophy winner for top female college soccer player in the United States and is also a star in the classroom. She registered a 3.75 grade point average in her life sciences studies.

"I work hard to get the grades I get," she said. "I'm proud because I wanted to get an education out of this."

Sinclair is also hoping to score a professional contract, perhaps this spring in Europe.

She won't rule out a return to the W-League's Vancouver Whitecaps, but it's a far cry from the American-based Women's United Soccer Association pro circuit. Sinclair dreamed of playing in the world's top pro league for women, but it suspended operations in 2004.

Sinclair is looking forward to playing at home and abroad for Canada as the team prepares for November's qualifying tournament for the 2007 Women's World Cup in China.

Meanwhile, Canada's under-20 women's national team will try to qualify Jan. 18-27 in Mexico for its world championship.

Three of eight teams in the North and Central American and Caribbean region (CONCACAF) will advance to the Aug. 16-Sept. 2 tournament in Russia.


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