Sam Kerr celebrates her goal against the USWNT in the Olympics bronze medal match. (Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports)
By Michael Lewis
Women’s soccer fans in the New York/New Jersey area and Chicago saw some of the magic that the great Sam Kerr can produce, many times making something out of nothing.
The lethal forward will be ready to make life difficult in two international friendlies against the U.S. women’s national team this week and next on her home turf.
The Americans will meet Australia at Stadium Australia in Sydney on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 3 p.m. local time (Friday, Nov. 26 at 11 p.m. ET on FS2) and the second will be at the McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 8:05 p.m. local time (4:05 a.m. ET on ESPN).
Kerr, 28, has tallied 49 goals in 102 international appearances.
“First and foremost, Sam Kerr is definitely the one of the best players one of the best strikers in the world,” USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski said on a Zoom conference call Wednesday night. And this is not this is not a case. She is incredible player and I wish I can say if we do this, we’re going to stop [her], but it just doesn’t work like that. She’s so dynamic and so unpredictable that no matter what you do, she always figures out a way to make to make it harder for you.
“But in same time, that’s what we want. We want to play against the best, especially with the with a young team like we have now. It’s important that we experience the experience and play against some of the best players in the world. So we can gauge and evaluate properly.”
The USA, the top ranked team in the world, earned a bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics. The Americans played the Aussies to a scoreless draw in the group stage and survived a wild 4-3 encounter in the bronze medal match. Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd each bagged a brace. Kerr, Caitlin Foord and Emily Gielnik scored for the Matildas.
Thanksgiving down under
The USWNT will celebrate – or though by the time you read this, they probably already had celebrated the holiday, due to the fact they are 16 hours ahead of the USA’s Eastern Time zone. They will celebrate with a turkey dinner and defender Emily Sonnett’s 28th birthday.
“It’s like a double celebration,” midfielder Lindsay Horan said. “So a shout out to my friend there. We’ll have like Thanksgiving dinner hopefully and then Emily Sonnett’s cake.”
This will be the third time the USWNT celebrate Thanksgiving away from home. Thirty years ago this week, the Americna had turkey at the very first Women’s World Cup in China. Last year the USA enjoyed the holiday while preparing for a friendly against the Netherlands in Breda, Netherlands during the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic last Nov. 27.