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Sky Blue’s Sam Kerr named NWSL league MVP for 2017

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CHICAGO (AP) Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerr has been named the National Women’s Soccer League’s Most Valuable Player for this season.

Kerr, a standout on the Australian national team, had a league-record 17 goals and became the league’s fifth Golden Boot winner to also be named MVP.

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She became the first NWSL player to score four goals in a game on Aug. 19 against the Seattle Reign. Kerr rallied Sky Blue from a 3-goal deficit to beat the Reign 5-4.

Kerr’s award was announced Friday. The league had earlier announced the season’s other award winners: North Carolina’s Abby Dahlkemper was named Defender of the Year, teammate Ashley Hatch was named Rookie of the Year, Portland’s Adrianna Franch was named Goalkeeper of the Year and the Thorns’ Mark Parsons was named Coach of the Year.

Kerr, Huddersfield Town’s Mooy named Australian Footballers of the Year

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SYDNEY (AP) England-based Aaron Mooy and United States-based Sam Kerr have been named Australia’s Footballers of the Year at Professional Football Australia’s annual awards, both winning the title for the second time.

Mooy, who plays for Huddersfield in the Premier League, became the first player to be named the PFA’s Men’s Football of the Year twice after claiming the award last year.

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He said “these awards are extra special to players because they are voted by your peers.”

The 24-year-old Kerr claimed the women’s award for the second time after being honored in 2013. She is currently the leading goalscorer in the United States National Women’s Soccer League.

Kerr said “to be voted by your fellow players as the PFA Footballer of the year is a huge honor.”

Australia wins Tournament of Nations in 6-1 win over Brazil

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CARSON, Calif. (AP) Australia has won the inaugural Tournament of Nations, beating Brazil 6-1 on Thursday to claim the four-team round robin women’s soccer event.

Lisa De Vanna and Caitlin Foord scored two goals apiece to win the Matildas’ first international trophy since the 2010 Asian Cup.

Australia, the world’s seventh-ranked team, went unbeaten through the three-game event, starting with a 1-0 victory over the defending World Cup champion U.S. team in the opener in Portland.

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After Camila scored for Brazil just 80 seconds into the match at StubHub Center, Australia piled up four goals in the first half. De Vanna started the scoring with a goal off her own missed penalty, and Foord put the Matildas ahead before De Vanna and Katrina Gorry added goals.

Australia’s victory rendered the No. 1-ranked Americans’ late match against Japan irrelevant to the overall tournament result.

The U.S. needed Australia to lose to have any chance to make up a three-goal aggregate deficit.

USWNT, Australia stars react to hiring of female coach by Ligue 2 club

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Ligue 2 men’s side Clermont Foot made waves this week with the hiring of Portuguese coach Helena Costa, who now has the highest-profile job of any woman in men’s football.

And while women have been coached by men for ages, the news has certainly made its way around the locker rooms of the women’s game.

PST caught up with US international Carli Lloyd and Australian international Sam Kerr, both of the NWSL’s Western New York Flash, for their takes on the hiring.

Lloyd, 31, has 50 goals in 171 appearances for the USWNT and hopes this is a signal that more leading female coaches will get a look.

It’s great to see a female being recognized and rewarded by the men’s game,” Lloyd said. “I’m sure she is a great coach and I hope she does well and this appointment leads to other female coaches being hired for men’s teams around the world.”

Kerr, 20, echoed the sentiments.

“I think this is a very cool story and this is another step in awareness for women’s football,” Kerr said. “It will be interesting to see how her experience as a women’s manager translates to the men’s game. I’m looking toward to seeing what she can do. “