Sinclair starts 10th season in NWSL with volley goal to lead Portland past Kansas City
Canadian striker scores insurance goal for Thorns in dominant win
Canada captain Christine Sinclair recorded career regular-season goal No. 55 for Portland as the Thorns blanked the Kansas City Current 3-0 in their National Women's Soccer League season opener Saturday.
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Sinclair, who is the world's all-time leading scorer with 189 international goals, made it 2-0 in the 34th minute, hammering home a left-footed shot from close range.
The 38-year-old from Burnaby, B.C., has scored in back-to-back home openers, and in three out of the last four home openers (2018, 2021, 2022).
WATCH l Sinclair scores in Portland Thorns' season-opening victory:
Sinclair is one of six active players in the NWSL to have spent every season with the same club since 2013 (joining Lauren Barnes, Jess Fishlock, Tori Huster, Alyssa Mautz and Megan Rapinoe).
Fellow Canadian international Janine Beckie made her Thorns FC regular-season debut. It was the former Manchester City forward's first NWSL regular season appearance since July 21, 2018, when she played for Sky Blue FC against Portland.
Canadians Desiree Scott and Victoria Pickett came off the bench for Kansas City.
Chicago's St-Georges scores during weather-delayed win over Louisville FC
Bianca St-Georges potted the go-ahead goal for the Chicago Red Stars in the 25th minute of play during a 2-1 win over Racing Louisville FC, shortly before the game was delayed for over an hour due to a nearby lightning strike.
The Saint-Charles-Borromée, Que. native struck the post shortly before regrouping and finding herself alone in front, where she wasted no time sliding the ball through to give the Red Stars the lead.
WATCH | St-Georges scores game-winner:
Ella Stevens opened the scoring for the Red Stars just two minutes into the game, but the score was quickly evened up by Emily Fox in the 10th minute.
While no goals were scored after the weather delay, the game did not lack for excitement as Louisville frantically tried to even the score, outshooting the Red Stars 14-8 in the game.
With files from CBC Sports