The Courage won 4-0 on Sunday in front of a sellout home crowd of 10,227 in Cary, North Carolina.

Kerr dominated the league this season with a record 18 goals and picked up the most valuable player and golden boot awards.

The defending champion Courage's game plan was to suffocate the Australian striker with defenders.

The Courage were also lethal in attack, jumping on the Red Stars early with Brazilian midfielder Debinha left open in front of goal just four minutes into the game and easily found the back of the net.

The Courage followed that up with goals by Jessica McDonald in the 26th minute and Crystal Dunn in the 45th minute to take a commanding 3-0 halftime lead.

Kerr uncharacteristically failed to take advantage of goal-scoring opportunities, including in the first half having an open shot but drilling it directly at Courage goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe for an easy save.

In the second half Kerr was left open and failed to head in a cross from team-mate Casey Short.

The Red Stars feature another Australian in goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold, but she wasn't selected in the matchday squad.

Kerr's future appears to be in the UK or Europe, with the Matildas star expected to skip another season with Perth Glory in the W-League and sign a big money deal with Chelsea, Lyon, Bayern Munich or Paris St-Germain.