Kerr, Westfield W-League stars feature in NWSL poll

She broke a stack of records and dominated the National Women’s Soccer League in America last year and Westfield Matildas star Sam Kerr is expected to set the competition alight again in 2018.

That’s the opinion of the leading writers from the NWSL Media Association after a poll on the competition’s website this week.

The esteemed journalists were asked to vote on their picks for this season’s champions, most valuable player, best leader, future coach and many other topics.

And it’s no surprise that Kerr, who has moved from Sky Blue FC to Chicago Red Stars in the off-season, topped many of the categories.

The 24-year-old took out the MVP award in 2017 on the back of a record 17-goal season, which included a historic four-goals in one half of a match.

Below we look at the category’s Kerr topped the voting in and how some of the other Westfield W-League stars rated in certain categories.


Kerr received an impressive 35% of the vote to be the league’s best player.

She was a clear favourite with Brazil and Orlando Pride star Marta next best with 15%, while Sam Mewis was third with 10%.


Given her scintillating form for club and country, it’s no surprise Kerr was the standout pick to be the competition’s leading scorer.

She picked up 50% of the vote in this category, beating out Alex Morgan (20%) and Amy Rodriguez (10%).


Kerr was top of this list be a landslide.

Almost 80% of the vote was for the Aussie sensation, well clear of Marta (16%) and Morgan with 5%.


This category was a two-horse race with Kerr again a clear favourite.

She had 70% of the journalists' vote, easily finishing ahead of Marta with 20%.


In a strong indication of just how devastating a player Kerr is, she was the first-choice for this topic as well.

Kerr picked up 35% of the vote as the player to build a new franchise around, finishing ahead of Mewis (15%) and Mallory Pugh (10%).

Sydney FC's Emily Sonnett
Sydney FC defender Emily Sonnett

Other Westfield W-League players to feature in the poll included fellow Aussie Lydia Williams, who came in third in the vote for best goalkeeper with 11%.

Portland Thorns shot-stopper Adrianna Franch was the best with 47%of the vote.

Sydney FC star Emily Sonnett was voted the second best defender in the NWSL (20%), well behind the popular Becky Sauerbrunn (60%).

Jess Fishlock, who has helped Melbourne City win the last three Westfield W-League titles, was voted the third-best midfielder in the league behind Mewis and Julie Ertz.

And Adelaide United’s Danielle Colaprico and Newcastle Jets star Tori Huster (both 11%), came in equal first alongside Amber Brooks as the most under-rated player in the NWSL.