Sport Football Samantha Kerr returns with a stunning goal in US league

Samantha Kerr returns with a stunning goal in US league

Samantha Kerr in Chicago Red Stars celebration mode. Photo: Getty
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Matildas’ captain Samantha Kerr has put the disappointment of the World Cup failure behind her to star for the Chicago Red Stars in the US National Women’s Soccer League.

Kerr secured the Red Stars a home victory over the competition’s defending champions the North Carolina Courage.

Kerr expertly nutmegged North Carolina Courage defender Abby Erceg on the edge of the box before slotting the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe to give Chicago a 2-1 win.

The Golden Boot winner in the NSWL and in the W-League in each of their past two campaigns, 25-year-old Kerr scored her 10th goal in just 10 games during this American season to end a two-game stretch in which she failed to find the net.

The visitors took the lead through Lynn Williams on the half-hour mark before Vanessa DiBernardo drew the Red Stars level seven minutes later.

Kerr’s strike gave Chicago its third win from its past four games. It also lifted it to third on the NSWL ladder with 20 points from 13 games – just three points adrift of leader Portland Thorns FC and two behind North Carolina.

Earlier this month, Kerr collected two prestigious ESPY awards when she was named best international women’s soccer player and best player in the NWSL.

Kerr is the NWSL’s all-time leading scorer and the only player to surpass 50 career goals in the American league while she set a new league benchmark for goals in a campaign by scoring 17 in 2017.

-with AAP