Aussie Soccer Star Wins Major International Award
Sam Kerr is going to need a bigger trophy cabinet.
The year 2018 has been amazing for Sam Kerr, and on Thursday the Aussie soccer star added yet another trophy to her collection.
Kerr took out 'Best International Women's Soccer Player' at the ESPY Awards, and was the only Australian to pick up a gong. She was also nominated for the "NWSL Player of the Year'.
The Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award ceremony is American sports' night-of-nights.
The Matildas star beat tough competition, nominated alongside European players Lieke Martens (FC Barcelona/Netherlands), Pernille Harder (VfL Wolfsburg/Denmark), and Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign/England).
"Getting the chance to attend the ESPYs and rub shoulders with my idols is one thing but to win this big award is out of this world," Kerr said.
But this latest award comes as no surprise to followers of the sport -- Kerr was also named the Asian Football Confederation's Women's Footballer of the Year in 2017.
Kerr is the first player to hit 50 goals in America's National Women's Soccer League, where she stars for the Chicago Red Bulls. The NSWL is one of the premier women's soccer leagues in the world,.
She also spends her time back home, playing for Perth Glory in the Australian W-League.
“Some of the best athletes in the world received recognition at the ESPYs today, and as a football community we are exceptionally proud that an Australian footballer, Samantha Kerr, was among them,” said Australian Football Federation CEO David Gallop.
It tops off a week which saw Kerr named in the Matildas squad heading to the U.S. next week to defend their Tournament of Nations crown.
The Aussie women will be up against three of the top teams in the world -- the USA, Brazil and Japan -- in the round-robin competition that is expected to attract nearly 100,000 spectators.
The tournament will kick off on July 26 for the Matildas and will finish on August 2 -- hopefully with another trophy in their hands.