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Sam Kerr Nominated For BBC’s Women’s Footballer Of The Year

The Red Stars forward in esteemed company on shortlist for prestigious award

Japan v Australia - AFC Women's Asian Cup Final Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images

Yesterday the BBC announced the five-woman shortlist for their annual Women’s Footballer Of The Year award. Among the nominees: Chicago Red Stars forward Sam Kerr.

Kerr is a finalist for the prestigious award along with Lucy Bronze (Lyon/England), Dzsenifer Marozsan (Lyon/Germany), Lieke Martens (Barcelona/Netherlands), and Pernille Harder (Wolfsburg/Denmark). The 2017 league MVP and all-time leading scorer is the only current NWSL player to make the list.

The Australia international joined the Red Stars this season but has yet to play in a league game. Kerr has been on extended national team duty, first in the Algarve Cup and then in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup. She landed in Chicago on Saturday and watched the Red Stars’ 1-1 draw with Sky Blue FC from the stands.

With Kerr finally in Chicago, her debut in a Red Stars shirt could come sooner rather than later.

In the meantime, the BBC are holding a reader poll for the Women’s Footballer Of The Year award, so feel free to vote early and often for Sam Kerr.