Sky Blue’s Kerr NWSL Player of the Month

Sky Blue FC, Sam Kerr
Sam Kerr. Photo by Howard C. Smith, ISI Photos

May was a big month for Sky Blue FC’s Sam Kerr, and her efforts have not gone unnoticed as the Australian international was named the National Women’s Soccer League Player of the Month.

Kerr, 23, registered two goals and two assists to help Sky Blue FC to three wins, while the New Jersey club ends the month just two points off the top of the NWSL Table. She scored a goal and an assist in two separate matches, giving her 28 goals over her NWSL career and leaving her two shy of becoming just the third player in league history to eclipse the 30-goal mark.

“We are proud of Sam for winning this award,” said Christy Holly, Sky Blue FC head coach. “She is very deserving of the honor, and it is exemplary of what we see from her day in and day out at training. The most exciting thing is that the best is yet to come from her performances, as well as those players around her. As excited as we are for Sam, she would be the first to say that every bit of success our team achieves is a collective effort.”

In her most recent outing, Kerr scored a 43rd minute equalizer against the Orlando Pride before sending a well-placed header to Maya Hayes for the game-winner in the 82nd minute. The first half goal gave her 13 since joining Sky Blue FC in 2015, which is level with Nadia Nadim for the most in franchise history.

Kerr has been named the NWSL Player of the Week twice before, but this marks her first NWSL Player of the Month acknowledgment. She also stands as the first Sky Blue FC player to receive the accolade since August 2014 (Nadia Nadim). The other two Sky Blue FC players who have been honored as NWSL Player of the Month are Brittany Cameron (May 2013) and Monica Ocampo (August 2013).