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Sinclair up for top award

ST. LOUIS (CP) - Christine Sinclair, who won the U.S. college soccer award last year, and four other Canadians are up for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy.

The five are among 15 finalists for the award, which goes to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America player of the year in Division I competition.

The award is regarded as U.S. college soccer's version of the Heisman Trophy.

Sinclair, a senior from the University of Portland, is bidding to become only the third player to capture back-to-back Hermann Trophy awards. Mia Hamm (1992-93) and Cindy Parlow (1997-98), both of North Carolina, are the only others to achieve the feat.

The four other Canadians named finalists are: Katie Thorlakson of Langley, B.C., defender Candace Chapman of Ajax, Ont., (Notre Dame), Brittany Timko of Coquitlam, B.C., (Nebraska) and goalkeeper Erin McLeod of Vancouver (Penn State).

Sinclair, a native of Burnaby, B.C., who leads the Pilots and NCAA with 37 goals and 87 points, is also one of 24 women's players on the short list for FIFA's female player of the year.

Others in the running include last year's finalists: Heather O'Reilly of North Carolina; and Tiffany Weimer of Penn State.

The three finalists will be announced Dec. 9, with the winner to be named in St. Louis on Jan. 6.


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