After nearly a month absence, the 2017 NWSL MVP and 2018 Young Australian of the Year, Sam Kerr, has returned to Chicago and will immediately be placed back on the roster for the Red Stars.
Throughout April, Kerr competed with the Australian National Team in the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup. During the group stage, Kerr tallied three goals, helping propel Australia to top Group B, ultimately qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
During the Semifinals, Australia and Thailand were forced to a penalty kick shutout, where Kerr scored the game-winning penalty to send the Aussies to the Final.
Recently, Kerr has been a crucial part in leading Australia to a sixth-place FIFA Ranking, topping the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) above international women’s powerhouses in Japan and Korea DPR.
Not shy in the NWSL, Kerr experienced her best year yet during the 2017 season with Sky Blue FC. The star forward reached feats no other player has reached since the inception of the league, scoring the most goals in a single season (17) and the most goals in a single game (4). She currently holds the record for most goals in the NWSL with 43, surpassing soccer greats like Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan and Christine Sinclair.
With Kerr’s return, Erin Yenney comes off the roster as a National Team Replacement for the Red Stars. The former University of Louisville midfielder earned 23 minutes of play, including time during the season opener in Houston, and struck a shot on frame that hit the crossbar.
After a road trip to Washington, Kerr and the Red Stars will return to Toyota Park for their second midweek game on Wednesday, May 2, to take on the Orlando Pride for the first time this season. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on NWSL app and go90 app.