Kerr targeting repeat performance


Glory’s Sam Kerr is aiming to terrorise Brazil’s defence once again after being named in the Matildas squad for their upcoming, two-match home series against the South Americans.

The 23-year-old scored, supplied two assists and won a penalty when Alen Stajcic’s side trounced the team ranked eighth in the world 6-1 en route to winning last month’s Tournament of Nations.

And Stajcic was quick to acknowledge the wonderful form she has shown for Glory, the Matildas and her US club, Sky Blue FC.

“Sam’s really had a breakout 12 months in the Westfield W-League and the NWSL,” he said. “She’s matured as a player and a person and the group couldn’t be prouder of her.
“Sam is one of many exciting players we have selected that are keen to make the most of this series in New South Wales as we continue to build towards next year’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Jordan, as well as the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 in France.”

Kerr’s achievements have been recognised by her inclusion in the shortlist for the Best Women’s FIFA Player award which has previously been won on five occasions by all-time great, Marta.

And the two forwards are poised to go head-to-head once again after the latter was named in Brazil’s squad for next month’s games in Penrith and Newcastle.

Interest in both matches has been extremely high, with fewer than 1500 tickets available for the clash at Pepper Stadium on 16th September and over 9000 seats already sold for the second meeting at McDonald Jones Stadium three days later.