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Fuel Soccer Talk: Kerr scores NWSL honors; Candidates to outscore Wondolowski; U.S. Players to Watch in France

Some much to kick around on a Thursday!

Kerr’s two goals for Chicago nets her Player of the Week honors

Chicago Red Stars forward Sam Kerr has been voted the Week 6 NWSL Player of the Week by the NWSL Media Association.

Kerr scored twice in Chicago’s 2-1 win over the Houston Dash on Sunday, the second straight game in which she has tallied a brace. Her goals came in the 8th and 13th minutes and helped the Red Stars jump into first place in the NWSL.

It’s the ninth time that Kerr has won Player of the Week in her career, which puts her ahead of Crystal Dunn‘s eight for the most in league history.

The NWSL Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers that cover the league on a consistent basis. For more information on the NWSL Media Association, follow them on Twitter.

What other players had strong weeks?

First Wondo, who’s next? Five players who could break MLS goals record

San Jose’s  Chris Wondolowski broke MLS’s all-time goals record on Saturday. So after the celebrations were over and the record book had been updated it was time to start pontificating on which player could end up replacing Wondolowski one day?

MLS Contributor Tom Bogert presented an interesting five candidates. Here is his No. 1 pick – and he’s spot on that if Martinez hangs around his name will someday hang in the record books as the league’s greatest goal scorer. Wondolowski now has 148 goals and that will certainly rise in the near future so Martinez does have a long way to go.

1. Josef Martinez

Age: 26 | Goals: 55 | Games played: 66 | Games Wondo took to 55 goals: 129

Barring injury and assuming he stays at Atlanta UnitedJosef Martinez is a great bet to one day score more goals in MLS than anyone who came before. But, with the success he’s had over three seasons, interest will never subside from abroad.

At the rate Martinez is plunging goals, he’ll need about four more seasons to hit Wondo’s mark. He turned 26 two days ago. Even if he can’t keep up his historic goals rate as he enters his prime, Martinez has a ton of room for error.

Here is Bogert’s complete list.

What other players would you add to the list?

2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup: 10 Players to Watch

Becky Sauerbrunn
Centerback (J.B. Marine)

Becky Sauerbrunn was one of the keys to the Americans’ impressive defensive performance in the 2015 World Cup and four years later will be looked again to anchor a very strong U.S. backline. At age 34, this could be her final World Cup but don’t ever count her out of anything – even playing at a high level at 38 if she so chooses. Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals) was called into the U.S. team for the first time in January 2008 and then earned a place on the roster for the Four Nations Tournament in China. After the 2010 WPS season, she worked her way into the mix, becoming an important player and consistent presence in the back for the National Team. The St. Louis native has 149 CAPS. She played youth club for J.B. Marine and helped lead her teams to four state cup titles and a 2000 regional championship.

10 PLAYERS TO WATCH IN FRANCE

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