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September 20, 2018

Sam Kerr named to NWSL Best XI, Julie Ertz to 2nd XI

CHICAGO- The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced their annual Best and Second XI Wednesday, with two Red Stars placed on the teams.

Sam Kerr was named to the best XI of 2018. For the second consecutive year, she won the golden boot with 16 goals. Kerr also led the league with 47 shots on goal and contributed further to the Chicago attack with 4 assists in 19 games.

This season Kerr became the first player to score 50 goals in the league’s history with a hat trick against Sky Blue FC. With the hat trick Kerr also became the first player in the NWSL to score multiple hat tricks in her career. This marks the second year in a row Kerr was named to the NWSL Best XI.

For Julie Ertz it is her fourth consecutive year earning a spot in one of the NWSL’s Best XI lists and her third consecutive year on the Second XI list. One of Chicago’s captains for 2018, Ertz played 1,216 minutes on the season winning 58.5% of her duels this season. In her 15 games played she had 24 interceptions and a 47.4% tackle success rate.

Her distribution was key to the Chicago defense as well. Averaging 37.9 passes per 90 minutes played and a 78.6% passing accuracy in her own half of the field.

The full Best XI and Second XI can be seen below.

Best XI

Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch Portland Thorns FC USA 1.00 GAA
Defender Emily Sonnett Portland Thorns FC USA 1 goal, 1 assist
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn Utah Royals FC USA 1,720 minutes
Defender Abby Erceg North Carolina Courage NZL 2 goals, 2 assists
Defender Abby Dahlkemper North Carolina Courage USA 1,710 minutes
Midfielder Tobin Heath Portland Thorns FC USA 7 goals, 7 assists
Midfielder Lindsey Horan Portland Thorns FC USA 13 goals, 2 assists
Midfielder McCall Zerboni North Carolina Courage USA 3 goals, 1 assist
Forward Crystal Dunn North Carolina Courage USA 8 goals, 5 assists
Forward Sam Kerr Chicago Red Stars AUS 16 goals, 4 assists
Forward Megan Rapinoe Seattle Reign FC USA 7 goals, 6 assists

Second XI

Goalkeeper Lydia Williams Seattle Reign FC AUS 10 Clean Sheets
Defender Merritt Mathias North Carolina Courage USA 3 goals, 2 assists
Defender Julie Ertz Chicago Red Stars USA 1,126 minutes
Defender Emily Menges Portland Thorns FC USA 1,305 minutes
Defender Steph Catley Seattle Reign FC AUS 3 assists
Midfielder Debinha North Carolina Courage BRA 8 goals, 2 assists
Midfielder Carli Lloyd Sky Blue FC USA 4 goals, 1 assist
Midfielder Christine Sinclair Portland Thorns FC CAN 9 goals, 6 assists
Forward Lynn Williams North Carolina Courage USA 14 goals, 5 assists
Forward Rachel Daly Houston Dash ENG 10 goals, 2 assists
Forward Sofia Huerta Houston Dash USA 5 goals, 4 assists



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