Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Canada defeats Sweden, Sinclair wins MVP

Christine Sinclair was again the difference, this time in a 1:0 victory over Sweden at the 2011 Yongchuan Cup Four-Nation Women's Tournament. Sinclair outran three Swedish defenders and buried a low shot in the 32nd minute to put Canada on its way to its second victory in three matches.

"We played well in this game," said national head coach Carolina Morace. "In the second half, we continued to attack. We were not scared to attack the goal."

“She was five or six metres behind the defenders and she just accelerated,” said Morace. “She was amazing. She has turbo jets and she is not even in her best condition (at the start of the year).”

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Canada finishes second at Yongchuan Cup

Canada rounded out the 2011 Yongchuan Cup Four-Nation Women's Tournament with a 1:0 victory over Sweden. Canada won six points in three matches, but finished second in the competition behind first-place winner USA.

Both Canada and USA finished tied with six points (two wins and one loss), but USA finished first because they won the head-to-head battle against Canada on Match Day Two. Host China PR finished third while Sweden finished fourth. Sweden won the Fair Play award.

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Christine Sinclair named Most Valuable Player

Christine Sinclair has been named Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Yongchuan Cup Four-Nation Women's Tournament. Sinclair was selected the best player from the six-match, four-team tournament that ran 21-25 January in the Yongchuan District in Chongqing, China.

"We showed to China's people that we have one of the best players in the world," said Canadian national coach Carolina Morace. "Christine Sinclair, for me, is actually the best player in the world. She's smart, she's fast and she plays for the team. In this tournament, we showed that we had the best player on our team."

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