Sam Kerr

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Sam 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 Forward
Club information
Current team

Chicago Red Stars

Perth Glory
Number 20
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 49 (52)
2015–2017 Sky Blue FC 40 (28)
2018– Chicago Red Stars 26 (22)
National team
2008–2009 Australia U17 11 (4)
2009– Australia 80 (36)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 June 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:04, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Samantha May Kerr (born 10 September 1993) is an Australian footballer who plays for Perth Glory in the Australian W-League, and Chicago Red Stars in the United States' National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). Kerr is the current captain of the Australia women's national soccer team. As of 2018 season, she is the all-time leading scorer in the NWSL.

Kerr started her career at Perth Glory in 2008 and played there until 2012 where she was to transferred to Sydney FC. She got a transfer to head to the United States where she has been playing since 2013 with Western New York Flash before moving to Sky Blue FC in the NWSL.[3] In 2013, she helped the Flash win the inaugural NWSL Shield. Kerr won her first cap in 2009 and has represented Australia at 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup, 2014 and 2018. On the world stage, she has been in the Australian squad since 2009.

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[4][5][6] and Kerr herself also played the sport until switching to soccer at the age of 12.[7]

Club career[edit]

Western Knights, 2006–2008[edit]

Kerr first started playing soccer as a junior at Western Knights in Mosman Park. After three years at the Western Knights, she trialled for the Western Australian State Team before moving to Perth Glory.[8]

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.[9][10] During the 2010–11 season, Kerr started in all 10 matches and scored three goals.[3] 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.[11]

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.[12] She made 19 starts in her 21 appearances for the club and scored six goals.[3] After defeating Sky Blue FC 2–0 in the semi-finals,[13] the Flash lost 2–0 to Portland in the final.[14]

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."[15] Kerr started in all 20 matches and was the team's leading scorer with 9 goals.[3] She was named NWSL Player of the Week for week 9 after recording a brace and assist against Portland.[16] 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.[17][18] The Flash used that pick to draft Sam Mewis.[19]

Return to Perth Glory, 2014–[edit]

In August 2014, Kerr returned to Perth Glory on a one year deal as one of six national members to sign for Perth.[20] She would open her account in Perth's second match against Adelaide United to give Perth the lead in the second half which they would win.[21] The following match she scored a double in her teams 10-1 rout of Western Sydney Wanderers.[22] After missing out in the next four games, Kerr would go and score eight goals in the final four games of the regular season which included a hat-trick against her former team in Sydney FC.[23]

She continued her regular season form in the following season when she scored the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Melbourne Victory in the opening round of the competition.[24] That would be the only goal that she would score in the season with her leg giving way in a non-contact ankle injury which forced her out for the rest of the 2015–16 season.[25] This wouldn't stop Perth from giving her a one-year contract extension before the start of that season.[26] 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.[27] In 2018-19 she became the first marquee player of the W-League when she was reportedly offered 400 thousand dollars contract to stay in Perth instead of going overseas where she was offered 100 thousand less.[28] The marquee signing delivered in the 2018-19 season when she finished top of the goal scoring charts with 17 goals at above a goal a game. This included a hat-trick in the semi-final against Melbourne Victory which book Perth's spot into the grand final.[29][30]

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.[31][32] Kerr's six goals in her nine appearances ranked first on the team.[3]

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.[3] 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.[33]

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.[34] 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 18 January 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.[35] She got off to a slow start in the 2018 season with Kerr not scoring until the eighth match of the season when she contributed to a 1-1 draw against North Carolina Courage.[36] In August, she was named as NWSL Player of the Month for the third time in her career as she scored five goals throughout the month of August which included two goals against Portland Thorns FC and Orlando Pride.[37] At the end of the season, Kerr scored 16 goals and won the Golden Boot for the second consecutive season and got into the NWSL Best XI as a forward.[38][39]

International career[edit]

Kerr in action for Australia against USWNT, 2012.

In February 2009, fifteen year old Kerr made her international debut for Australia's senior national team in a friendly against Italy as a 76th minute substitute for Amber Neilson.[40] In February 2010, she was named in the squad to tour New Zealand the same month.[41]

In May 2010, she was selected in the squad to compete at the 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup which was the qualifier for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany.[42] After scoring in the second match of the group against South Korea,[43] she scored the opening goal of the final against North Korea before seeing Australia taking out the title via the penalty shoot-out.[44] After the tournament, she would only play the one match in the 2010 Peace Queen Cup where she was brought down in the box by one of the Mexican defenders.[45]

2011 saw Kerr make the Australian team to compete at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup as one of seven players who were under twenty years of age.[46]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,[47] and also scored a goal against Brazil, leading Australia to win the tournament.[48]

Sam Kerr was named 2017 AFC Women's Player of the Year.[49]

In February 2019, newly appointed head coach, Ante Milicic named Kerr the captain of the national team.[50]

Kerr was involved in the winning goal scored against Brazil in 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.Kerr was in an offside position when Monica Hickmann Alves headed into her own net and VAR deemed that Kerr wasn't interfering.[51]

Kerr scored four goals in a 4-1 win against Jamaica to help secure qualification out of group C.[52]

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.[53][54] 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.[55]

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.[56]

Personal life[edit]

Kerr is in a relationship with her Perth Glory and Chicago Red Stars teammate Nikki Stanton.[57]

Kerr is a supporter of the West Coast Eagles, with her brother Daniel Kerr being a premiership player for West Coast in 2006. She was made the club's number-one ticket holder in 2019 and 2020.[58]

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 [43]
2 30 May 2010 Chengdu Sports Centre, Chengdu, China  North Korea 1–0 1–1 [59]
3 28 October 2010 Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg, Germany  Germany 1–0 1–2 Friendly [60]
4 7 March 2014 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  France 1–3 2–3 2014 Cyprus Cup [61]
5 12 March 2014 Paralimni Stadium, Paralimni, Cyprus  Italy 1–0 5–2 [62]
6 21 May 2015 Jubilee Oval, Sydney, Australia  Vietnam 5–0 11–0 Friendly [63]
7 8–0
8 6 August 2016 Arena Corinthians, São Paulo, Brazil  Germany 1–0 2–2 2016 Summer Olympics [64]
9 30 July 2017 Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, United States  Japan 1–1 4–2 2017 Tournament of Nations [65]
10 2–1
11 3–1
12 3 August 2017 StubHub Center, Carson, United States  Brazil 6–1 6–1 [66]
13 16 September 2017 Penrith Stadium, Sydney, Australia  Brazil 2–0 2–1 Friendly [67]
14 19 September 2017 McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, Australia  Brazil 1–1 3–2 [68]
15 3–1
16 22 November 2017 AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia  China PR 1–0 3–0 [69]
17 3–0
18 26 November 2017 Simmonds Stadium, Geelong, Australia  China PR 3–1 5–1 [70]
19 4–1
20 28 February 2018 Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufeira, Portugal  Norway 3–1 4–3 2018 Algarve Cup [71]
21 5 March 2018 Albufeira Municipal Stadium, Albufeira, Portugal  China PR 2–0 2–0 [72]
22 10 April 2018 Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan  Vietnam 5–0 8–0 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup [73]
23 6–0
24 13 April 2018 Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan  Japan 1–1 1–1 [74]
25 26 July 2018 Children's Mercy Park, Kansas City, United States  Brazil 3–0 3–1 2018 Tournament of Nations [75]
26 2 August 2018 Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois, United States  Japan 2–0 2–0 [76]
27 13 November 2018 McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, Australia  Chile 1–0 5–0 Friendly [77]
28 3 March 2019 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia  South Korea 1–0 4–1 2019 Cup of Nations [78]
29 3–1
30 6 March 2019 AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia  Argentina 1–0 3–0 [79]
31 4 April 2019 Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, United States  United States 3–4 3–5 Friendly [80]
32 9 June 2019 Stade du Hainaut, Valenciennes, France  Italy 1–0 1–2 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup [81]
33 18 June 2019 Stade des Alpes, Grenoble, France  Jamaica 1–0 4–1 [82]
34 2–0
35 3–1
36 4–1

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Sydney FC
Western New York Flash
Perth Glory

Country[edit]

Australia

Individual[edit]

Records[edit]

References[edit]

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