Canada captain Christine Sinclair has been named player of the week in the National Women’s Soccer League after her three-goal performance for Portland in a 4-4 road tie with the Chicago Red Stars.

The April 20 hat-trick was the second of Sinclair's NWSL career and her seventh multi-goal game for the Thorns.

The 35-year-old from Burnaby, B.C., opened the scoring in the 16th minute, looping a shot over Chicago goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. She scored again in the 51st minute, directing a Meghan Klingenberg cross into goal, before completing her hat-trick from the penalty spot in the 87th minute.

The NWSL player of the week is selected each week of the regular season by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers covering the league on a consistent basis.