Kerr Grabs More Hardware

Samantha Kerr

Sam Kerr has added another award to her trophy case.

The Australian striker was named the Asian Football Confederation Women’s Player of the Year at its awards presentation in Bangkok, Thailand.

It’s the latest award for Kerr, 24, who was named the National Women’s Soccer League’s Most Valuable Player after a remarkable season for Sky Blue. She scored a league-record 17 goals and is the NWSL career goal-scoring leader with 43 goals.

“Firstly, I’d just like to say congratulations to the two other nominees on a great year. Secondly, thanks to AFC for this wonderful night,” Kerr said after receiving the award. “It’s been a bit of a crazy year, but I just want to say thank you to every one of my support staff that helped me throughout this year; they know who they are. And most importantly to my teammates because without them none of this would have been possible, so thank you.”

Kerr was also named to the NWSL Best XI and became the first player in league history to record two hat tricks in a season and four goals in a single match.

Currently competing with Perth Glory in the Australia W-League, Kerr was awarded the Julie Dolan Medal after the 2016-17 campaign in her native country, which is presented to the W-League’s Most Valuable Player.

That season, she paced the Perth offense with 10 goals, which was the second-best mark in the league. In three appearances for Glory during the 2017-18 campaign, she has already scored four goals.

On the international front, Kerr has registered 11 goals in her last six matches for the Matildas, becoming the first Australian player to score in six consecutive games. Additionally, she was recognized by her peers as the 2017 Professional Footballers Australia Female Footballer of the Year at a ceremony in Newcastle this past September.