Christian Sinclair challenges Canadian soccer to step on a new note

Christian Sinclair challenges Canadian soccer to step on a new note

Christian Sinclair revisits his illustrious football career and challenges the future in his new memoir, “Playing the Long Game.”

Canada’s captain says it’s time for Canadian Soccer, the sport’s domestic governing body, to ensure a level playing field for women. This includes creating a domestic women’s pro league so that Canadian women are not overtaken by other countries.

“In Canada we think we’ll be fine,” Sinclair writes. “We think because we’re good at it, we’re going to be good at it. My fear is that we’ll soon be overtaken by countries that support their youth programs, support their national women’s teams and Supports women’s professional leagues.

There has been momentum since the book ended earlier this year, the 39-year-old from Burnaby, B.C., said in an interview.

“There’s been progress in terms of contracts and equal pay. Obviously we’re still nowhere near the (women’s) league. But they’re starting to address some things,” she said.

Canada’s men’s and women’s teams are in the midst of negotiating a new deal with Soccer Canada, which is a central plank in talks with pay equity.

“I think it will happen quickly, especially with the men’s World Cup just around the corner,” she said.

While this is good news, Sinclair shakes his head at past mistakes. She cited recent news that Canadian Soccer has struck a photo/likeness rights deal with Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies.

“It’s just one of those little jabs where they told us it wasn’t possible. It wasn’t possible,” she said. “And then (with Alfonso) it’s possible. We have been fighting this battle for 10 years and Alphonso bought it to deny them the ability to sell their name.

“It’s just one of those cases where, yes, it was set 10 years ago, but they told the women’s team it wasn’t possible and now they’re changing their tune.”

She said Canadian Soccer had recently begun to improve travel conditions for women, and agreed to make that part of the new agreement.

“In previous years, we would see men traveling in business class. I was in a meeting with (Canadian Soccer president) Nick (Bontis) and said flatly, ‘Not once have I traveled with this national team. Business class has traveled.” And that was earlier this year. But things have changed so I have to give them some credit.

“But again, we were treated differently for 10, 12 years. And it took the men’s success for them to start changing how they treated their women’s team, which is sad. is

Sinclair, the world’s all-time leading goalscorer with 190, said the process of writing the book with Stephen Brunt was like therapy at times.

“It was painful at times. But I’m grateful to do it,” she said. “Because there are just some things that I haven’t thought about over the years – some tournaments and games and memories that Stephen has obviously contributed to. I’m grateful for that because I feel as players that we We are so focused on the next game and the next tournament that we never look back.

“And it’s been quite a journey.”

“Playing the Game” is an easy read, focusing mainly on her career with Canada. She caters to all her national team coaches, from even Pilrod and Carolina Morris to John Herdman, Kenneth Hanner-Mueller and Beau Priestman.

She is appreciative of all, even finding something positive to say about Morris, the Italian coach who led Canada’s women to a disastrous finish at the 2011 World Cup in Germany.

Morris “made real football players out of a group that, under even, just booted the ball and chased it,” she wrote.

But Morris’ decision to move the team to Italy and the tournament soon showed that the Canadian women had no plan B in terms of strategy. Sinclair, who broke his nose at the World Cup, said the distance between the players and staff grew as the tournament progressed.

She gives Pelrod plenty of credit, from bringing her to the senior team to advocating and running programs for women in Canadian soccer.

She saved her biggest praise for Herdman, who now coaches the men’s team, calling him “hands down the best coach I’ve ever had. He’s a life changer.”

Sinclair’s memories of Canada’s bronze medal at the London Olympics are fond, perhaps even more so than the Tokyo gold medal.

Heiner-Moller was a football mastermind whose dominant playing style was unproven. “One of the kindest and gentlest people I have ever met,” he writes.

Priestman, he says, knows the team’s strengths and lets them play.

Sinclair also reveals her “love-hate relationship” with the US national team. He has a lot of respect for what the US women have done on and off the field, but notes that they come with a lot of attitude.

“They’re obviously the best team in the world and they know it,” she said with a laugh.

Those expecting a glimpse into Sinclair’s private life in the book will be disappointed, as Sinclair, a notoriously private person, opens up about his family, making it clear when it comes to the rest of his life off the pitch. be away

“As far as I’m concerned, what people see of me on the field should be enough,” he writes.

It’s been a busy, albeit productive, time for Sinclair of late.

She helped the Portland Trail Blazers win the NWSL Championship with a 2–0 victory over the Kansas City Current on October 29. On November 1, the same day as her book’s release, Portland Torrance announced that Sinclair would return for an 11th season in 2023.

After the book tour, she left Toronto on Sunday for Brazil where the seventh-ranked Canadian women will play international friendlies on Nov. 11 and 15 against the ninth-ranked Brazilians in Santos and Sao Paulo, respectively.

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