Sam Kerr

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Sam May Kerr
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Kerr at the 2017 Algarve Cup
Personal information
Full name Samantha May Kerr[1]
Date of birth (1993-09-10) 10 September 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth East Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)[2]
Playing position Striker, right midfielder
Club information
Current team
Chicago Red Stars
Youth career
2006–2008 Western Knights
WA NTC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Perth Glory 22 (5)
2012–2014 Sydney FC 24 (13)
2013–2014 Western New York Flash 41 (15)
2014– Perth Glory 36 (35)
2015–2017 Sky Blue FC 40 (28)
2018– Chicago Red Stars 17 (16)
National team
2008–2009 Australia U17 11 (4)
2009– Australia 72 (27)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 August 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 November 2018

Samantha May Kerr (born 10 September 1993) is an Australian footballer who plays as a forward for the Australia women's national football team (also known as the Matildas), Perth Glory in the Australian W-League, and Chicago Red Stars in the United States' National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). As of 2017 season, she is the all-time leading scorer in the NWSL.[3] She previously played for Sydney FC as well as the Western New York Flash and Sky Blue FC in NWSL.[4] In 2013, she helped the Flash win the inaugural NWSL Shield. In 2017, she was awarded the Julie Dolan Medal as the best player in Australia. She was named International Player of the Year by the Football Media Association (FMA) in 2013 and 2014. On 25 January 2018, Kerr was named the 2018 Young Australian of the Year.

Early life[edit]

Kerr was born in East Fremantle, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia. Her father, Roger Kerr, is Anglo-Indian (born in Calcutta to an English father and an Indian mother), while her mother is Australian. Both Kerr's father and older brother, Daniel Kerr, were professional Australian rules footballers[5][6][7] and Kerr herself also played the sport until switching to soccer at the age of twelve.[8]

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Western Knights, 2006–2008[edit]

Kerr first started playing soccer as a junior at Western Knights in Mosman Park. After 3 years at the Western Knights, she trialed for the Western Australian State Team before moving to Perth Glory.[9]

Perth Glory FC, 2008–2011[edit]

Kerr made her debut for Perth Glory FC at the age of 15 during the 2009 W-League season. She was voted Players' Player at the 2009 W-League Awards and awarded Goal of the Year for her long–range goal against Sydney FC in round 8.[10][11] During the 2010–11 season, Kerr started in all 10 matches and scored three goals.[4] She scored a brace in the first half of a match against Adelaide United on 14 January 2011 lifting Perth to a 2–1 victory.[12]

Western New York Flash, 2013–2014[edit]

In 2013, Kerr signed with the Western New York Flash for the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) in the United States.[13] She made 19 starts in her 21 appearances for the club and scored six goals.[4] After defeating Sky Blue FC 2–0 in the semi-finals,[14] the Flash lost 2–0 to Portland in the final.[15]

Kerr returned to the Flash for the 2014 season. Head coach Aaran Lines said of Kerr, "With her attributes – her speed, athleticism and instincts – if she continues to develop at the rate she is, Sam can become one of the best strikers in the world."[16] Kerr started in all 20 matches and was the team's leading scorer with 9 goals.[4] She was named NWSL Player of the Week for week 9 after recording a brace and assist against Portland.[17] Following the 2014 season, Kerr was traded to Sky Blue FC in exchange for Elizabeth Eddy and a first-round pick—fourth overall—in the 2015 NWSL College Draft.[18][19] The Flash used that pick to draft Sam Mewis.[20]

Return to Perth Glory, 2014–[edit]

In August 2014, Kerr returned to Perth Glory.[21] She signed a one-year contract extension ahead of the 2015–16 W-League season.[22] In 2016–17 she scored ten goals, led the team to the Westfield W-League Grand Final, and earned the Julie Dolan Medal and the Penny Tanner Media MVP Award.[23]

Sky Blue FC, 2015–2017[edit]

In 2015, Kerr joined Matildas teammate Caitlin Foord at Sky Blue FC following their participation at the FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.[24][25] Kerr's six goals in her nine appearances ranked first on the team.[4]

During the 2016 season, Kerr made nine appearances for Sky Blue after being away with the national team in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics. She scored five goals during the regular season.[4] Kerr was named NWSL Player of the week for Week 18 after scoring two goals: an 80th minute equaliser against the Orlando Pride and a game-winning goal against the Pride a few days later.[26]

In the 2017 season, Kerr set a new NWSL record when she scored 4 goals in a single game after being down 3–0 to Seattle Reign at halftime. Sky Blue eventually won the match 5–4. At the age of 23, Kerr sat atop the all-time NWSL goalscoring table. Kerr won the NWSL Golden Boot and MVP award after finishing the 2017 season with a record-breaking 17 goals.

Chicago Red Stars, 2018–present[edit]

On January 18, 2018, Kerr was traded to the Chicago Red Stars along with Nikki Stanton by the Sky Blue FC in a three-team trade with the Chicago Red Stars and Houston Dash.[27] In 2018 National Women's Soccer League season Kerr scored 16 goals and won the Golden Boot for the second consecutive season.[28]

International[edit]

Kerr in action for Australia against USWNT, 2012.

At the age of 15, Kerr made her international debut for Australia's senior national team in a match against Italy in February 2009.[29] In February 2010, she was named in the squad to tour New Zealand the same month.[30]

In May 2010, Kerr competed with the team at the Asia Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Asian Cup in Chengdu, China.[31] She scored the team's only goal in the final against Korea DPR.[32]

In July 2017, Kerr was the top goalscorer in the inaugural Tournament of Nations. She scored a hat-trick in Australia's 4–2 victory over Japan,[33] and also scored a goal against Brazil, leading Australia to win the tournament.[34]

Sam Kerr was named 2017 AFC Women's Player of the Year.[35]

Career statistics[edit]

International goals[edit]


Goal
Date Location Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 21 May 2010 Chengdu Sports Centre, Chengdu, China  South Korea 3–0 3–1 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup [36]
2 30 May 2010 Chengdu Sports Centre, Chengdu, China  North Korea 1–0 1–1 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup [37]
3 28 October 2010 Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg, Germany  Germany 1–0 1–2 Friendly [38]
4 7 March 2014 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  France 1–3 2–3 2014 Cyprus Cup [39]
5 12 March 2014 Paralimni Stadium, Paralimni, Cyprus  Italy 1–0 5–2 2014 Cyprus Cup [40]
6 21 May 2015 Jubilee Oval, Sydney, Australia  Vietnam 5–0 11–0 Friendly [41]
7 8–0
8 6 August 2016 Arena Corinthians, São Paulo, Brazil  Germany 1–0 2–2 2016 Summer Olympics [42]
9 30 July 2017 Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, United States  Japan 1–1 4–2 2017 Tournament of Nations [43]
10 2–1
11 3–1
12 3 August 2017 StubHub Center, Carson, United States  Brazil 6–1 6–1 2017 Tournament of Nations [44]
13 16 September 2017 Penrith Stadium, Sydney, Australia  Brazil 2–0 2–1 Friendly [45]
14 19 September 2017 McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, Australia  Brazil 1–1 3–2 Friendly [46]
15 3–1
16 22 November 2017 AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia  China PR 1–0 3–0 Friendly [47]
17 3–0
18 26 November 2017 Simmonds Stadium, Geelong, Australia  China PR 3–1 5–1 Friendly [48]
19 4–1
20 28 February 2018 Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufeira, Portugal  Norway 3–1 4–3 2018 Algarve Cup [49]
21 5 March 2018 Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufeira, Portugal  China PR 2–0 2–0 2018 Algarve Cup [50]
22 10 April 2018 Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan  Vietnam 5–0 8–0 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup [51]
23 6–0
24 13 April 2018 Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan  Japan 1–1 1–1 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup [52]
25 26 July 2018 Children's Mercy Park, Kansas City, United States  Brazil 3–0 3–1 2018 Tournament of Nations [53]
26 2 August 2018 Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois, United States  Japan 2–0 2–0 2018 Tournament of Nations [54]
27 13 November 2018 McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, Australia  Chile 1–0 5–0 Friendly | [55]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Sydney FC
Western New York Flash
Perth Glory

Country[edit]

Australia

Individual[edit]

Records[edit]

In popular media[edit]

In 2013, Kerr was featured in an hour-long episode of ESPN's Aussies Abroad entitled, The Matildas, which profiled four Australian national team players (Kerr, Lisa De Vanna, Kyah Simon, and Caitlin Foord) and their experience playing internationally.[73][74] She was featured along with her national teammates in the EA Sports' FIFA video game series starting in FIFA 16, the first time women players were included in the game.[75]

Kerr was featured on the cover of the July 2011 issue of Australian FourFourTwo along with four of her national team teammates: Melissa Barbieri, Kyah Simon, Thea Slatyer, and Sarah Walsh.[76]

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