Kerr at the 2017 Algarve Cup
|Full name||Samantha May Kerr|
|Date of birth||10 September 1993|
|Place of birth||East Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia|
|Height||1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Playing position||Striker, right midfielder|
|Chicago Red Stars|
|2013–2014||Western New York Flash||41||(15)|
|2015–2017||Sky Blue FC||40||(28)|
|2018–||Chicago Red Stars||17||(16)|
* 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. She previously played for Sydney FC as well as the Western New York Flash and Sky Blue FC in NWSL. 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.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Playing career
- 3 Career statistics
- 4 Honours
- 5 In popular media
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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 and Kerr herself also played the sport until switching to soccer at the age of twelve.
Western Knights, 2006–2008
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.
Perth Glory FC, 2008–2011
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. During the 2010–11 season, Kerr started in all 10 matches and scored three goals. 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.
Western New York Flash, 2013–2014
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. She made 19 starts in her 21 appearances for the club and scored six goals. After defeating Sky Blue FC 2–0 in the semi-finals, the Flash lost 2–0 to Portland in the final.
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." Kerr started in all 20 matches and was the team's leading scorer with 9 goals. She was named NWSL Player of the Week for week 9 after recording a brace and assist against Portland. 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. The Flash used that pick to draft Sam Mewis.
Return to Perth Glory, 2014–
In August 2014, Kerr returned to Perth Glory. She signed a one-year contract extension ahead of the 2015–16 W-League season. 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.
Sky Blue FC, 2015–2017
In 2015, Kerr joined Matildas teammate Caitlin Foord at Sky Blue FC following their participation at the FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. Kerr's six goals in her nine appearances ranked first on the team.
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. 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.
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
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. In 2018 National Women's Soccer League season Kerr scored 16 goals and won the Golden Boot for the second consecutive season.
At the age of 15, Kerr made her international debut for Australia's senior national team in a match against Italy in February 2009. In February 2010, she was named in the squad to tour New Zealand the same month.
In May 2010, Kerr competed with the team at the Asia Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Asian Cup in Chengdu, China. She scored the team's only goal in the final against Korea DPR.
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, and also scored a goal against Brazil, leading Australia to win the tournament.
Sam Kerr was named 2017 AFC Women's Player of the Year.
|Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)|
|Location||Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred|
Sorted by country name first, then by city name
|Lineup||Start – played entire match|
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time
|#||NumberOfGoals.goalNumber scored by the player in the match (alternate notation to Goal in match)|
|Min||The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.|
|Assist/pass||The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.|
|penalty or pk||Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)|
|Score||The match score after the goal was scored.|
Sorted by goal difference, then by goal scored by the player's team
|Result||The final score.|
Sorted by goal difference in the match, then by goal difference in penalty-shoot-out if it is taken, followed by goal scored by the player's team in the match, then by goal scored in the penalty-shoot-out. For matches with identical final scores, match ending in extra-time without penalty-shoot-out is a tougher match, therefore precede matches that ended in regulation
|aet||The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation|
|pso||Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time|
|Light-purple background color – exhibition or closed door international friendly match|
|Light-yellow background color – match at an invitational tournament|
|Light-orange background color – Olympic women's football qualification match|
|Light-blue background color – FIFA women's world cup qualification match|
|Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament|
|Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament|
NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player
- FFA Female U20 Footballer of the Year: 2010, 2014
- PFA Women's Footballer of the Year: 2013, 2017, 2018
- Julie Dolan Medal: 2016–17, 2017–18
- W-League Golden Boot: 2017–18
- Football Media Association (FMA) International Player of the Year: 2013, 2014
- NWSL Player of the Week: 2013: Week 9, 2016: Week 18, 2017: Week 9, 12, 17. 2018: Week 15, 22
- NWSL Player of the Month: 2017: May, June
- NWSL Golden Boot Award: 2017, 2018
- NWSL Most Valuable Player Award: 2017
- NWSL Best XI: 2017, 2018
- Asian Women's Footballer of the Year: 2017
- ABC Sport Personality of the Year: 2017
- Young Australian of the Year: 2018
- ESPY Awards Best International Women's Soccer Player: 2018
- Most goals in the NWSL: 51
- Most goals in an NWSL match: 4
- Most goals in an NWSL season: 17
In popular media
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. 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.
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