Canadians have a big reason to be proud this week: B.C.-born soccer player Christine Sinclair has made history after scoring her 185th career goal at the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship on Wednesday. She has now surpassed retired American Abby Wambach as the world’s all-time leading goal-scorer. 

The Burnaby, B.C.-native made the milestone goal in the 26th minute at the H-E-B Park in south Texas, against St. Kitts and Nevis, according to CTV News

She told Reuters, as reported in the National Post, that, “When I first started with the national team I could never have imagined standing here with the number of goals I’ve scored.”

Sinclair expressed her gratitude to fans via Twitter:  “Thank you to EVERYONE for all the messages…I’m slightly overwhelmed. Thank you to all my teammates, coaches, staff, friends and family.185 would not have been possible without you.”

Wambach tweeted her congratulations to Sinclair: “Christine: History is made. Your victory is our victory. We celebrate with you. And to every girl coming up in the Pack with a dream to achieve that which doesn’t yet even exist: We believe in you. Your Pack is with you. And history awaits you.”

This incredible accomplishment is preceded by an already noteworthy career. Sinclair has been playing soccer professionally for 20 years, according to her Team Canada bio; Texas was her 290th international game. She represented Canada at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics, winning bronze medals at the most recent two events. As for the future, she is anticipated to play in the upcoming Tokyo games.

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