Aussie footballers are highlight-machines, but sometimes these amazing moments don’t show up on the stat sheet. So, in a new segment, resident football-expert Kristin Shaffer counts down the three best goals, moments and performances each week.
THREE BEST MOMENTS
3. Ellie Carpenter Returns to the Starting XL
Since a tough tackle back in mid-July Carpenter has been limited in her time for the Portland Thorns. Recently she has been playing limited minutes and comes into games as a late substitute.
But this past week Carpenter returned to her usual role as a starter for the Thorns. She is not back to a full 90 minutes quite yet but she did put in 61 minutes and helped Portland secure the win
2. Steph Catley Pens Letter to Younger Self
The Reign FC’s main sponsor is tech juggernaut Microsoft. In a joint effort to prove to the next generation that anything is possible a few Reign players wrote letters to their younger selves.
Catley was one of the players utilized for the campaign and had a powerful message. She told herself...
“I know what you’re thinking…is it all worth it? I’m writing this letter to tell you that it is.”
An impressive career at the club and national level seems to prove that statement true.
1. Sam Kerr’s Commitment to her Team
If you have followed women’s soccer this year than you have heard of Sam Kerr and her spectacular play. But lately the buzz around Kerr has been about where she is going to play next.
There have been rumors that she is looking to play in Europe and leave the Chicago Red Stars. Until recently Kerr has not commented and rather let her league leading goals for her team do the talking.
This week, she took to telling the press that she is committed to Chicago and the NWSL. She has played in the league since 2013 and does not plan on leaving anytime soon.
Kerr mentions she has never won the NWSL and it appears she won’t leave until she can raise that trophy.
Australian star Sam Kerr says she's focused on leading the Chicago Red Stars to the NWSL title, not any lucrative offers from a European club that might be coming her way.— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) August 15, 2019
What Kerr decides to do could be a major test for the NWSL.
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