- HometownPerth, Australia
Date of Birth: 9/10/1993
Previous Team: Perth Glory
How Acquired: Trade with Western New York Flash (11/24/2014)
Sam Kerr, still just 23-years-old, enters her fifth overall season in the National Women’s Soccer League and third with Sky Blue FC. The New Jersey side originally acquired Kerr via a trade with the Western New York Flash in late 2014, sending them the no. 4 overall pick in the 2015 NWSL College Draft and the rights to Elizabeth Eddy.
Due to an injury in 2016 and competing in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games with Australia, Kerr has played in just 18 matches for Sky Blue FC over the past two seasons, making 15 starts over those 18 appearances. Remarkably, she has still led the teams in goals over both years, recording six goals and two assists in 2015 before tallying five goals in 2016. Her 11 goals are level with Kelley O’Hara and just two behind the Sky Blue FC all-time leader, Nadia Nadim (13).
At the Flash, Kerr led her team with nine goals in 2014 while finishing third with four assists. She made 20 appearances for Western New York that year, starting every match. During her first NWSL campaign in 2013, the Australian striker started 19 games over 21 appearances, registering six goals and five assists to help lead the Flash to the NWSL Shield. The Flash eventually fell to Portland Thorns FC in the 2013 NWSL Championship match.
Internationally, Kerr made her debut for the Australian Women’s National Team in 2009, just five months after her 15th birthday. Two years later, she made two starts in three appearances for the Matildas in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She has been an instrumental part of the Australia Women’s National Team ever since.
Professionally, the Western Australia native began her club career in 2008 for Perth Glory in the Australian W-League. She remained in Perth until 2012 before joining Sydney FC. After a two-year stint in Sydney, Kerr returned to Perth for the 2014 W-League season. She has now spent the past three NWSL offseasons playing in Perth.