Sam Kerr’s departure from the Chicago Red Stars is now official.
Earlier this morning, the Australian striker announced she was joining English club Chelsea FC. The Blues, who are currently top of the WSL table, noted in their press release that Kerr will join them for the second half of the 2019-20 season.
In two seasons with in Chicago, Kerr became a leader for the Red Stars on and off the pitch. Her 18 goals for Chicago in 2019— a league record for most goals scored in a single season— were critical for the Red Stars’ campaign, leading them to their first NWSL Championship Final. Kerr also won the 2019 league MVP award, the first Red Stars player to do so.
In Chicago’s press release, head coach Rory Dames didn’t mince words on Kerr’s impact.
“She is an incredible person on and off the field and we will continue to support her from Chicago,” Dames said.
Kerr’s new deal with Chelsea runs for two and a half years. If the Blues can keep up their strong early performances— almost guaranteed with Kerr coming in for the second half of the campaign— they will be a lock to qualify for the UEFA Champions League, giving Kerr one of the biggest opportunities of her club career.