Sam Kerr wins NWSL Most Valuable Player
On the back of 17 goals, 4 assists and 5 game-winning goals, Sam Kerr receives another accolade21 October 2017 | FT Editor
Sam Kerr's year just keeps getting better.
Overnight, the 24-year-old was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the United States' National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) by club officials, players, media and fans, adding to her Sportswoman of the Year award from Women's Health Australia earlier in the week.
Not only she is a standout for the Matildas, this year Kerr had a NWSL record of 17 goals for Sky Blues FC based in New Jersey to be named the Golden Boot Winner, as well as four assists. The previous season record was 16 goals from Seattle Reign's Kim Little in 2014.
She was also the first NWSL player to score four goals in one game when she rallied Sky Blue from a 3-goal deficit v Seattle Reign to win 5-4. Kerr scored another two hat-tricks in the NWSL season also. Kerr is the fifth Golden Boot winner in the NWSL also to be named MVP.
On two occasions she was named NWSL Player of the Month, voted to the NWSL Team of the Month four times and named NWSL Player of the Week three times. Kerr is officially the league’s all-time leading scorer with 43 career goals notched on the charts.
As well as the Sportswoman of the Year award, Sam Kerr was also awarded the Julie Dolan Medal for best W-League player and the Football Media Association's Player of the Year. She was nominated in the top 10 for the FIFA Best Awards but was controversially left out of the final shortlist of three players.
The other 2017 NWSL award winners were North Carolina's Abby Dahlkemper was named Defender of the Year, teammate Ashley Hatch was named Rookie of the Year, Portland's Adrianna Franch was named Goalkeeper of the Year and the Portland Thorns' Mark Parsons was named Coach of the Year.
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