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Christine Sinclair ties Mia Hamm on all-time goals list

Canada's Christine Sinclair pulled even with Mia Hamm for second place on women's soccer's all-time international goals list when she scored in the 85th minute of Sunday's match against Trinidad and Tobago at a tournament in Brazil.

Canadian forward scores 158th goal late in 4-0 win

Christine Sinclair, right, has 157 career goals and can move into a tie with retired U.S. star Mia Hamm for second on the all-time list in Canada's match against Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday. ( Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Canada's Christine Sinclair pulled even with Mia Hamm for second place on women's soccer's all-time international goals list when she scored in the 85th minute of Sunday's match against Trinidad and Tobago at the International Tournament of Natal in Brazil.

Canada rolled to a 4-0 victory in its second of three matches in Brazil. Diana Matheson scored in the first half and Rebecca Quinn and Nichelle Prince tallied in the second half before Sinclair potted her 158th international goal.

Trinidad and Tobago is one of the three opponents Canada's women's national team will play in the group stage of the Olympic qualification tournament in February. 

"[Sinclair] led by example, as always," said Canadian coach John Herdman.

"It wasn't easy for her today, the Trinidad team packed the defence and made it tough to get behind them, but we had it clear in our mind that we would get goals today and I knew that [Sinclair] would be on the score sheet. She found the room she needed."

It was the 230th cap for Sinclair, who made her debut for Canada in 2000.

"She's very clear in what she wants — to get results for this team and to keep pushing whatever threshold she can as a striker," said Herdman. "It's great that she achieved something today, but to be honest I don't think she looks at things like that, she just wants to do well for our team and for our country."

The Canadian captain found the back of the net twice in her team's opening 3-0 victory over Mexico on Wednesday, raising her goals total to 157 and bringing her within one of Hamm.

Another American, Abby Wambach, tops the list with 184 goals.

Canada rounds out the group stage against Brazil on Wednesday. The third-place and final matches go on Dec 20.

With files from Canada Soccer, Canadian Press

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