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Chelsea’s Sam Kerr takes home PFA player of the year award

Sam Kerr celebrates after scoring a game-winning goal in extra time. (Naomi Baker/The FA via Getty Images)

Chelsea’s Sam Kerr is the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year for 2022.

The 28-year-old scored 20 goals in 20 matches for Chelsea en route to the Women’s Super League title. Included in the tally are two goals in a 4-2 win against Manchester United to end the season and secure a third-straight title for Chelsea.

With her 20 goals, Kerr won the WSL’s Golden Boot for the second time in a row. She won it in 2021 with 21 goals.

The Australian star forward helped lift Chelsea to the FA Cup title as well. She scored two goals in the final against Manchester City to seal back-to-back FA Cup titles for her club.

Kerr appeared on Just Women’s SportsSnacks podcast earlier this week, and she talked with co-hosts Sam Mewis and Lynn William about the match.

“Everyone’s like, ‘You scored two goals,’ and I am like, ‘I had the worst game,'” Kerr said.

She is the first Australian woman to win the PFA award. Harry Kewell won the men’s Young Player of the Year in 2000.

“It’s a massive honor,” said Kerr. “Whenever you’re voted by your peers, I think that’s the highest honor as a player. It’s an amazing feeling.”

Kerr was also named to the PFA’s WSL team of the year.