Christine Sinclair clarifies response to Canada soccer coaching switch
Canada's head coach John Herdman walks off the field after first half women's friendly soccer action against the United States, in Vancouver on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. (Darryl Dyck/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018 1:03AM EST
Canadian captain Christine Sinclair clarified her response to John Herdman leaving the women's national soccer team for the men's squad in a tweet on Tuesday night.
Herdman, who led the Canadian women to back-to-back Olympic bronze medals, took over Canada's men's program on Monday as head coach and men's EXCEL director.
The announcement appeared to surprise even Sinclair, who responded to the move by tweeting "Speechless right now...."
But she followed that with another tweet on Tuesday to clear the air.
"Just to clarify, John did speak to me before the announcement was released," Sinclair said in the tweet that had a picture attached of her and Herdman about to hug. "Still shocked and saddened the man who changed soccer in Canada and my life won't be leading #canWNT any longer. There is no doubt he will succeed in this next chapter as well."
Just to clarify, John did speak to me before the announcement was released. Still shocked and saddened the man who changed soccer in Canada and my life won't be leading #canWNT any longer. There is no doubt he will succeed in this next chapter as well. pic.twitter.com/iRTvGiofKA— Christine Sinclair (@sincy12) January 10, 2018
The 34-year-old Sinclair has appeared in 262 games for Canada, scoring 169 goals and 53 assists.
Herdman, 42, took charge of the Canadian women in August 2011 and lead the program to a record-high fourth in the world rankings after winning bronze at the 2016 Olympics. The women are currently ranked No. 5.
The women are being taken over by former assistant coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller.
Herdman replaced the fired Octavio Zambrano, who was 3-2-2 since becoming the Canadian bench boss last March.