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NWSL Notebook: Samantha Kerr is Player of the Week, Australia names World Cup roster, and more

Sam Kerr had two goals, an assist and a goal-line save to earn her NWSL Player of the Wee honors after leading the Red Stars over the Courage.

The Chicago Red Stars are sure going to miss Samantha Kerr when she leaves for the FIFA Women’s World Cup soon.

The reigning Golden Boot winner had another sensational week, scoring twice and recording an assist against the lead-leading North Carolina Courage, which handed the Courage their first loss in a whopping 330 days.

As usual, Kerr was excellent in the attack, scoring in just the 13th minute to start things off in Red Stars’ favor and keep the momentum on Chicago’s side.

But her defending was something special too, as she made a goal-line clearance that prevented North Carolina from scoring an equalizer just before the half.

Kerr, along with the other Australians, have just one more week in the NWSL before they depart for the Women’s World Cup in France this summer. Depending how far the Australians make it in the tournament, Kerr may not be back until mid-to-late July.

Australia names 23-woman World Cup squad, including 12 NWSL players

If the Matildas want to make it past the quarterfinals of a World Cup for the first time, we now know the roster that’ll do it.

Kerr headlines a 23-woman roster that, despite plenty of youth, features an experienced group.

Caitlin Foord of the Portland Thorns, for instance, will compete in her third World Cup, despite being just 24 years old, while Thorns wingback Ellie Carpenter, 19, will feature in her first World Cup.

Here is the full roster:

Goalkeepers: Mackenzie Arnold, Teagan Micha, Lydia Williams (Reign FC)

Defenders: Teigen Allen, Laura Alleway, Ellie Carpenter (Portland Thorns), Steph Catley (Reign FC), Alanna Kennedy (Orlando Pride), Clare Polkinghorne (Houston Dash), Gema Simon.

Midfielders: Katrina Gorry, Amy Harrison (Washington Spirit), Elise Kellond-Knight (Reign FC), Chloe Logarzo (Washington Spirit), Aivi Luik, Emily van Egmond (Orlando Pride), Tameka Yallop.

Forwards: Lisa De Vanna, Caitlin Foord (Portland Thorns), Mary Fowler, Emily Gielnik, Sam Kerr (Chicago Red Stars), Hayley Raso (Portland Thorns).

Reign add Onumonu as National Team replacement player

The time has arrived for clubs to start supplementing their rosters while national team players are away at the World Cup.

With that, Reign FC have scooped up forward Ifeoma Onumonu, who was waived by the Portland Thorns on May 8. She made eight appearances for the Thorns last season.

“It feels really good to join Reign FC,” Onumonu said. “Honestly, to me it’s a new beginning with an amazing club. All I want is an opportunity to show what I’ve got and hopefully contribute to the team’s success. All in all, I’m ready to work.”

She will be available for Reign FC when they face Sky Blue FC on Saturday.

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