Australian soccer superstar Sam Kerr has been named most precious player of America’s NWSL on the eve of top the Chicago Red Stars in the championship game.
The Red Stars play the top rated-ranked North Carolina Courage for the NWSL title on Sunday (Monday six.30am AEDT).
Kerr scored a league record 18 targets this season for the Red Stars and knocked in the winner in final weekend’s 1- semi-final victory more than Portland Thorns FC.
The Australian striker refused to accept the MVP award alone and pointed to her teammates on the Red Stars.
“I never do this by myself,” Kerr told reporters. “The 18 targets did not come from 1 player, so thank you to my teammates.
“I adore what I do and really feel pretty fortunate to be in the position I am. I just take it as I go, I’m nonetheless understanding just about every day and there’s new challenges just about every day.
“But I just generally be myself. The final couple of years have been crazy, to see how far the game has come is a actual joy to be a aspect of.
“I hope reaching my dreams will assist girls and boys think that they genuinely can accomplish their targets. Seeing females breaking down such huge barriers hopefully propels children forward and provides them self-assurance in who they are and what they want to be.”
The honour is the most current accolade in what has been a phenomenal year for Kerr who picked up the league’s Golden Boot award final week and led the Matildas at the Globe Cup.
The Red Stars, who also function Australian goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold, will be the underdogs in the final played in front of a hostile crowd in Cary, North Carolina.
The Courage are loaded with talent, like MVP runner-up and Brazilian midfielder Debinha and aim-scoring tandem Kristen Hamilton and Lynn Williams.
The Red Stars have their personal deadly duo with Kerr and Japan’s Yuki Nagasato a handful for any opponent.
Mackenzie, back-up goalkeeper to Alyssa Naeher, told AAP on Friday her Red Stars are bubbling with self-assurance just after securing final week’s semi-final win.
Chicago lost semi-finals the previous 4 years.
“Final week there was a lot of speak about a semi-final curse, but I feel now the stress is off and we will go out there and play with excitement and see exactly where it requires us,” Mackenzie stated.
The Courage completed the typical season on top rated of the table with 15 wins, 5 losses and 4 draws when the Red Stars have been second with 14 wins, eight losses and two draws.