Samantha Kerr | England | Socceroos | Kanga Cup
Sam Kerr breaks NWSL records, and it's okay if you want England to win09 July 2018 | FT Editor
Sam Kerr (pictured, #20) has broken yet more records. First, a hat-trick in a 1-3 win for Chicago Red Stars against her former team, Sky Blue FC of New Jersey (not Sydney) - her third hat-trick in the NWSL competition, and the first to reach that milestone. Second, she is the first player to reach 50 goals in the NWSL.
Not sure whether it's okay to go for England? Richard Hinds sets out why it is, notwithstanding the sense of triumphalism of some of the English media. Hinds' reasons are perhaps best summarised here:
'This World Cup has given a nation that has suffered a crisis of confidence even as it continued to achieve mightily on the world sporting stage something to be proud of. In the racial makeup of a talented team, it is a also timely reminder of the wonderful stories created by England's once-generous immigration policies, even as it schemes to close its post-Brexit borders.'
All eyes are on Graham Arnold as he weighs-up what to do with potentially retiring Socceroos including Tim Cahill, Mile Jedinak, Mark Milligan and Brad Jones. Milligan has indicated he's not yet made up his mind, that he will talk with Arnold about it, and if he decides to stay, he'll ensure he's fully committed. In the meantime, it looks as if Milligan might finally make his long wished-for European move.
We missed this one yesterday: Guus Hiddink saying that Arnold is now better prepared to be the coach of the Socceroos having ironed-out a few "creases", having had the best opportunity of any of the 'younger' coaches to learn from experienced hands such as Hiddink and others, and having enjoyed A-League success.
This article talks of a Canberra mum, Lisa Harris, who played in the Kanga Cup in 1994 and whose daughter will participate this year. No doubt the writer of today's summary of latest (local) football news sold a sausage or a pie or soft drink to Lisa as a volunteer official of the club which then hosted the annual junior tournament. If you're in Canberra over these school holidays, get along to it. Kids of all ages and standards just having fun playing football.
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