Samantha May Kerr Profile
|Name||Samantha May Kerr|
|Born||Sep 10, 1993|
Sam Kerr is a professional soccer player who plays for Chelsea FC Women and captains the Australia Women’s National Soccer Team.
Kerr is the all-time leading goalscorer in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and previously held the record in the Australian W-League.
In her career, Kerr has played for Perth Glory, Sydney FC, Western New York Flash, Sky Blue FC and Chicago Red Stars.
She won the W-League Championship with Sydney FC in 2012/13, then the W-League Premiership with Perth Glory in 2014. She also won the 2013 NWSL Shield with the Western New York Flash. Kerr won the 2019/20 FA Women's Super League (FA WSL) title with Emma Hayes' Chelsea.
Kerr grew up playing Australian rules football and transitioned to soccer aged 12 due to gender restrictions. At the age of 13, she was spotted by Perth Glory striker Bobby Despotovski and made her W-League and international debuts at the age of 15 in 2009.
At the 2009 W-League Awards, Kerr was voted Players' Player and picked up the Goal of the Year prize for a stunning long range strike against Sydney FC.
In the 2010/11 season, Kerr started all 10 matches and scored three goals. However, in 2012, she joined Sydney FC and was subsequently snapped up by the Western New York Flash in 2013.
In 2014, Kerr returned to Perth Glory. She played for them in every W-League season from 2014/15 to 2018/19 - a season in which she scored 17 league goals in 13 appearances.
Joining the Flash
In 2013, Kerr joined Western New York Flash for the inaugural NWSL season. She scored six goals in 21 appearances as the Flash made the final, only to lose 2-0 to Portland.
Kerr started all 20 matches for the Flash in the 2014 season and was her team's top scorer with nine goals.
A switch to New Jersey
Kerr was traded to Sky Blue FC in 2015 and joined the team after the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. She scored six goals in nine appearances in the 2015 season, immediately demonstrating her quality to her new employers.
Kerr made only nine appearances in the 2016 campaign, which coincided with the time she spent with the national team due to the 2016 Rio Olympics. However, she was influential for Sky Blue once again with five goals.
The 2017 season saw Kerr truly make her mark on the NWSL. Most notably, she scored four goals in the second half of a match against Seattle Reign as Sky Blue won 5-4 after having trailed 3-0 at the half-time break.
Kerr won the NWSL Golden Boot and MVP award after having completed the 2017 campaign with a record 17 goals.
A move to Chicago
On 18 January 2018, Kerr was traded to the Chicago Red Stars. After a slow start, she demonstrated her quality again with five goals in the month of August, picking up the NWSL Player of the Month award for the third time in her career.
Kerr ultimately scored 16 goals to reclaim her NWSL Golden Boot. She was also included in the NWSL Best XI.
The 2019 campaign was successful not only for Kerr, but also for the Chicago Red Stars. They made their first appearance in the NWSL Championship, but they lost 4-0 to the North Carolina Courage.
Kerr was named the 2019 NWSL MVP and the first winner of the Player of the Year award by the National Women's Soccer League Players Association. She also once again picked up the Golden Boot with 18 goals and five assists.
On 13 November 2019, Kerr announced she would be joining Chelsea for the second half of the FA WSL season on a two-and-a-half year deal.
Kerr made her debut for Chelsea against Reading on 5 January 2020 and scored her first goal a fortnight later against Arsenal.
It proved to be her only goal of the shortened 2019/20 WSL campaign as Chelsea were awarded the title after the season was cut short due to COVID-19.
As well as the league title, Kerr had further success in a disrupted season, winning the FA Women's League Cup.
In her first 17 appearances of the 2020/21 campaign, Kerr scored 12 times as she established herself as the main source of goals in a side which put itself in pole position to defend its FA WSL title.
Kerr scored in both legs of Chelsea's 5-1 aggregate victory over Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Women's Champions League - a victory which Hayes said was the greatest in the history of the team.
Kerr and Chelsea would go onto hold their League Cup title, retaining their glory in the following season.
Australia Women's National Team
Kerr made her international debut aged 15 in 2009 in a 5-1 defeat to Italy, coming on as a 76th minute substitute.
She scored her first international goal in a 1-1 draw with North Korea at the 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup, which Australia would go on to win.
Kerr played for Australia at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, where the Matildas reached the quarter-finals before losing 3-1 to Sweden.
She once again featured heavily at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup after recovering from knee surgery, with Australia once again being eliminated at the quarter-final stage after conceding a late goal in a 1-0 defeat to Japan.
In February 2019, Kerr was named captain of the Australian National Women's Team ahead of the 2019 World Cup in France. She finally scored her first goal in a World Cup match in Australia's 2-1 defeat to Italy.
Kerr scored all four goals for Australia in their 4-1 win over Jamaica, but the high of becoming the first Aussie player, male or female, to score a World Cup hat-trick was followed by the low of a penalty shootout defeat to Norway in the round of 16.
Kerr's mother, Roxanne, was born in Australia, while her father, Roger Kerr, was born in Kolkata to an Indian mother and English father.
In recent years, she has been open in discussing her long-standing romantic involvement with current Chicago Red Stars midfielder Nikki Stanton.
Kerr's net worth is believed to be Â£500,000 since joining Chelsea.