Canada forward Christine Sinclair (12) celebrates her goal with teammate Jonelle Filigno behind United States midfielder Tobin Heath (17) during first half Football action at the Olympic Games in London on Monday August 6, 2012.

Canada forward Christine Sinclair (12) celebrates her goal with teammate Jonelle Filigno behind United States midfielder Tobin Heath (17) during first half Football action at the Olympic Games in London on Monday August 6, 2012.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND -- Christine Sinclair showed why she is considered one of the best, if not the very best, female soccer player on the planet Monday.

And it still wasn’t quite enough.

The 29-year-old Burnaby, B.C., native carried the Canadian women’s soccer team into extra time against the United States, scoring all three of her team’s goals in the Olympic semifinal game at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, but the number one-ranked Americans still prevailed 4-3.

Sinclair gave Canada three separate leads in the game, but each time the U.S. tied it back up, the third time on a penalty kick in the 80th minute by Abby Wambach.

Alex Morgan then scored the winner deep into the second overtime period.

A win would have been an incredible accomplishment for a Canadian side that had never reached the semifinals before, and hadn’t beaten the U.S. since 2001.

Canada can still salvage a medal out of the tournament, facing France in the bronze medal match Thursday at 8 a.m. ET. The U.S. will play Japan for gold at 2:45 p.m.

"They've come to see the flag rise," said head coach John Herdman after the match. "That's the job. They came here for that and the job is not finished. They'll be disappointed tonight because it won't be gold or silver, but we'll take a medal from this tournament."

Ajax’s Candace Chapman, an important veteran defender on the Canadian team, again dressed but did not play. She has not seen the field since hobbling off in an opening 2-1 loss to Japan with a calf injury.