FUEL Soccer Talk: Kerr’s historic day; Giving back; Fashion critic

Kicking our way into a busy week on the pitch! 

Kerr scores first ever hat trick in a W-League Finals

Matildas superstar Sam Kerr helped send Perth into the W-League grand final, scoring a historic hat trick and setting up another goal as the Glory rallied to topple Melbourne Victory 4-2 in extra time this weekend. Kerr set a record for the most goals scored in W-League finals as she led the Glory’s comeback and then win a semifinal for her team against the winners of the Premier’s Plate.
“I don’t normally score in finals so its pretty special for me,” Kerr said. “Once it went to extra time … I knew we were going to win it.”
The Glory will play the Sydney FC in the grand final, after the Sky Blues beat a 10-woman Brisbane Roar 2-1 in the second semi.
At just 25 years old, Kerr already has an impressive list of accolades. Playing for the Chicago Red Stars in the 2018 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season, the Aussie became the first player to score 50 career goals en route to her second-consecutive golden boot. She’s also the all-time leading scorer in the NWSL, meaning she holds that honor in two different leagues.
In 2017, Kerr set an NWSL record by scoring four goals in a single game. She also scored the most goals in a season with 17, earning the Golden Boot title.

Where does Sam Kerr rank among the top players in the world? 

Players give special kick back to their community

Soccer builds character. It creates a unique work ethic and shows the importance of teamwork and trust on and off the pitch. It also gives young men and women a chance to give their most important assist – helping people struggling or less fortunate. Teams all over the country at all levels do special things in their community.
The Old Dominion men’s soccer team volunteered at Hospitality for the Homeless this past weekend and helped manage a warehouse move. “We are grateful for the friendships driving our program’s gift and the volunteer time and helping hands provided over the years by our community partners,” said Hospitality for the Homeless Founder & President Brian Friedman. “With the help of board member ODU Mens Soccer Head Coach Alan Dawson, Assistant Coach William Yomby and the student athletes of ODU Men’s Soccer, we orchestrated our warehouse move. The move involving the transfer of several thousand pounds of donated sundries- soap, shampoo, lotion, toothbrushes, toothpaste and disposable razors, could not have been accomplished without their volunteer support and can do attitude.”
Hospitality For the Homeless is a non-profit agency serving those in need across Hampton Roads with no cost year-round toiletries care kit support. They receive donated amenities from inventory partners nationally, including hotels and resorts, dentists, orthodontists, retailers and manufacturers, as well as from the public.

What are some things players and teams can do to give back to their community?

The good & the ugly: Jerseys in eyes of the beholder

When FSV Mainz, in the 1996-97 season, played in the second German tier, besides having in the roster Jürgen Klopp, he wore very special jerseys, with white and red squares, similar in design to those of Croatia. The model was taken by the team of the German city to celebrate the local Carnival, one of the most famous in Europe, which attracts thousands of visitors every year. Compared to the white and red model to which it is inspired, the new kit also adds blue and yellow, for a typical color scheme of the holiday. 
While FSV Mainz looks like a loaf of Wonder Bread, Real Salt Lake has a “real” good look for the upcoming season. Real Salt Lake unveiled a new uniform kit in advance of the 2019 season. The primarily white kit is designated as the away set, but the white jersey will be worn in the regular season home opener on March 9.

What are your favorite kits?

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