Where EAST meets the Northwest
PROLIFIC PLAYER. Australia striker Sam Kerr will play for a European club for
the first time after Womenís Super League leader Chelsea signed one of the
gameís most prolific scorers. Pictured is Kerr playing in a match for the
Chicago Red Stars of the National Womenís Soccer League at Providence Park. (AR
Photo/Jan Landis, File)
From The Asian Reporter, V29, #22 (November 18, 2019), page 8.
Striker Sam Kerr joins Womenís Super League leader Chelsea
By Rob Harris
The Associated Press
LONDON ó Australia striker Sam Kerr will play for a European club for the
first time after Womenís Super League (WSL) leader Chelsea signed one of the
gameís most prolific scorers.
The 26-year-old Kerr joins the London club on the back of scoring 19 goals in
23 games for the Chicago Red Stars in the National Womenís Soccer League.
Kerr is not only the all-time leading scorer in the United States but also
her homeland where she recently played for Perth Glory after splitting her year
between two clubs on two continents.
But she is joining Chelsea on a two-and-a-half-year contract and is due to
start playing in the second half of the WSL season from January when the
mid-season transfer window opens.
"The WSL is the best league in Europe," Kerr said. "I want team success and I
donít want it to come easy. I feel Chelsea have been building something special
over the years and I want to be a part of that. I want to lift some trophies."
Chelsea had a one-point lead over defending champion Arsenal going into the
sixth game of the WSL campaign against Manchester United over the weekend.
Kerr is not set to link up with her new teammates until late December.
Competition for a starting place up front includes Bethany England, Fran Kirby,
and Ramona Bachmann.
"The fact she chose Chelsea when she could have gone to any club in the world
is a testament to the players and the staff here, because she saw this is the
best place for her to grow and take the next step in her career," Chelsea
manager Emma Hayes said. "Thatís a wonderful compliment to us all."
Kerr has scored 38 times for Australia since making her debut at the age of
15. That includes five at her third World Cup in June where she captained
Australia in the run to the Round of 16.
Kerr, the youngest of four siblings, grew up in an Australia rules football
family. Her father, Roger, and Daniel, one of her two brothers, played
Kerr started focusing on soccer after she had to stop playing in the
Australian Football League (AFL) when she was 12 years old because there was no
womenís league for the hard-hitting sport.
With Kerr completing her transfer to England, the Football Association (FA)
secured a deal for Australian broadcaster Optus Sport to air games from the WSL,
which is Europeís only fully professional womenís football competition.
"This is our first deal in the Asian region and demonstrates the
ever-increasing global appeal of the league," FA senior broadcast manager Tom
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