Samantha May Kerr (born 10 September 1993) is an Australian association football player who plays for Perth Glory in the Australian W-League and Chicago Red Stars in the United States' National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). She is the current captain of the Australia women's national soccer team (the Matildas). As of the 2018 season, she is the all-time leading scorer in both the NWSL and the W-League.
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)|
|2013–2014||Western New York Flash||41||(15)|
|2015–2017||Sky Blue FC||40||(28)|
|2018–2019||Chicago Red Stars||40||(34)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 September 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 November 2019 (UTC)
Kerr started her career at Perth Glory in 2008 and played there until 2012, when she was transferred to Sydney FC. She got a transfer to head to the United States, where she played in 2013 with Western New York Flash before moving to Sky Blue FC in the NWSL. In 2013, she helped the Flash win the inaugural NWSL Shield. Kerr won her first cap in 2009 and has represented Australia at the 2010, 2014, and 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cups. 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.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Club career
- 3 International career
- 4 In popular media
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Career statistics
- 7 Honours
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 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 was born in Australia. 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 12.
Western Knights, 2006–2008Edit
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.
Perth Glory FC, 2008–2011Edit
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, 2013–2014Edit
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–PresentEdit
In August 2014, Kerr returned to Perth Glory on a one year deal as one of six national members to sign for Perth. 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. The following match she scored a double in her teams 10–1 rout of Western Sydney Wanderers. 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.
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. 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. This wouldn't stop Perth from giving her a one-year contract extension before the start of that 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. 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. 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.
Sky Blue FC, 2015–2017Edit
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, 2018–19Edit
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. 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. 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. At the end of the 2018 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.
At the end of the 2019 season, Kerr and the Chicago Red Stars made their first appearance in the NWSL Championship against the North Carolina Courage. Several days prior to the championship game, Kerr was named the 2019 NWSL MVP, the first, and currently only, NWSL player to ever receive the award twice. Kerr also received, for the third year in a row, the NWSL Golden Boot, leading the league with 18 goals and five assists, despite missing some games over the summer to play with Australia in the World Cup. Kerr was also named Player of the Year by the National Women's Soccer League Players Association, who presented their own awards for the first time.
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. In February 2010, she was named in the squad to tour New Zealand the same month.
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. After scoring in the second match of the group against South Korea, she scored the opening goal of the final against North Korea before seeing Australia taking out the title via the penalty shoot-out. 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.
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. 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. Prior to this tournament Kerr had managed just 8 goals in her first 49 games for the national team, and her hatrick against Japan was the beginning of a run of 11 goals in 6 games. Since that tournament Kerr has become a regular scorer of goals for the national team.
Sam Kerr was named 2017 AFC Women's Player of the Year.
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.
In popular mediaEdit
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.
- AFC Women's Asian Cup: 2010
- AFF U-16 Women's Championship: 2009
- Tournament of Nations: 2017
- Cup of Nations: 2019
- FFA Female U20 Footballer of the Year: 2010, 2014
- PFA Women's Footballer of the Year: 2013, 2017, 2018
- Julie Dolan Medal: 2016–17 and 2017–18
- W-League Golden Boot: 2017–18 and 2018–19
- 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 and 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 and 2019
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