Sam Kerr added another piece of hardware to her trophy case. (Jeffrey Auger Photo)
Another day, another honor or milestone for the incomparable Sam Kerr.
The Sky Blue FC forward and Australian international Wednesday was named the Asia Football Confederation women’s player of the year at the AFC Annual Awards in Bangkok, Thailand.
“Firstly, I’d just like to say congratulations to the two other nominees on a great year,” Kerr said. “Secondly, thanks to AFC for this wonderful night. 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.”
The 24-year-old Kerr completed one of the most decorated seasons in National Women’s Soccer League history in 2017.
She won Most Valuable Player honors, became the league’s career goal leader (43) and the Golden Boot winner broke the season record by scoring 17 goals.
The Perth, Australia native, who was named to the NWSL Best XI, also became the first player in league history to record two hat-tricks in a season and four goals in a match.
Currently competing with Perth Glory in the Australia W-League while on loan, Kerr was awarded the Julie Dolan Medal following the 2016-17 campaign in her native country. That honor is presented to the W-League Most Valuable Player, pacing the Perth offense with 10 goals, the second-best mark in the league.
In three appearances for Glory during the 2017-18 season, Kerr already has scored four goals.
Kerr has tallied 11 times in her last six matches for the Matildas, becoming the first Australian player to score in six consecutive games. She also was recognized by her peers as the 2017 Professional Footballers Australia female footballer of the year at a ceremony in Newcastle in September.