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OCT 27
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Sam Kerr named AFC Women’s Player of the Year
The 2017 NWSL MVP wins another award this year
Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerr in action for Australia at the Tournament of Nations this summer. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)
Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerr in action for Australia at the Tournament of Nations this summer. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

The 2017 NWSL MVP can add another award to her shelf. Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerr has been named the Asia Football Confederation’s Women’s Player of the Year. Kerr received the honor on Wednesday in Bangkok, Thailand, at the AFC Annual Awards.

 

Kerr has scored in six straight games for Australia, tallying 11 goals over that span. She recently finished off the year with braces in back-to-back games vs. China. Earlier this year, Kerr scored a hat trick vs. Japan in the Tournament of Nations, where the Matildas finished in first place. In the NWSL, Kerr won the Golden Boot and was named MVP after scoring a league-record 17 goals this season. Kerr was also named the MVP of the W-League in Australia for the 2016/2017 season.

 

“Firstly, I’d just like to say congratulations to the two other nominees on a great year. Secondly, thanks to AFC for this wonderful night,” Kerr said as she accepted the award, in remarks shared in a Sky Blue FC news release. “It’s been a bit of a crazy year, but I just want to say thank you to every one of my support staff that helped me throughout this year; they know who they are. And most importantly to my teammates because without them none of this would have been possible, so thank you.”

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