Sinclair strikes in 200th game for Canada

Canada poses for a team photo prior to its Torneio Internacional Cidade de Sao Paulo game against Scotland on December 12, 2013, in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo courtesy of the Canadian Soccer Association)


BRASILIA, Brazil -- Christine Sinclair scored in her 200th international appearance to help give Canada a 2-0 win over Scotland on Thursday in the Torneio Internacional Cidade de Sao Paulo opener for each at the Estadio Mane Garrincha.

The Canadians took a 1-0 lead through Adriana Leon in the eighth minute.  Sophie Schmidt headed a right-sided cross into the middle, setting up Leon to volley into the left corner past goalkeeper Gemma Fay.  It was the Chicago Red Stars forward’s third goal at the senior level.

At the stroke of half-time, Canada was denied a second goal, when Fay dove to her right to save a Sinclair penalty kick.

“I’ve missed a few,” Sinclair said after the game.  “It happens.  I think it’s my third or fourth miss with the national team.

“(Head coach) John (Herdman) said ‘you didn’t want to score with a penalty anyway, you wanted a real goal.’”

The Portland Thorns forward, however, would get on the scoresheet in the 58th minute, beating Fay in a one-on-one situation for her 147th career goal.

“They were fantastic tonight,” said Herdman.  “A really solid night tonight and I’m proud of the players. A month and a half of work and they came through. If this was the first round of the World Cup, I’m sure Canada would be happy.”

Next up for Canada is an encounter against Chile on Sunday.