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Sport Matildas driven by World Cup failure: Kerr

17:06  08 november  2019
17:06  08 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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  Matildas star Kerr drops massive hint about her next move Sam Kerr confirmed she is moving to Europe and will announce her next club within the week, hinting of a possible move to England.The 26-year-old says she will finalise her decision within a week and, according to sources close to the player, is weighing up hefty contract offers from European champions Lyon and current English league leaders Chelsea as revealed by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Matildas ’ World Cup demise has an all too familiar ring to it. Sam Kerr ’s attempt to put a positive spin on a clear failure exposed a reality all Australians — and the FFA CEO David Gallop said after the loss to Norway he had no regrets about sacking Stajcic and hiring Ante Milicic to take over World Cup

The Matildas captain, highly regarded before this World Cup , has gone to another level in the three Coach Ante Milicic immediately saluted her after her four-goal performance drove the Matildas to a The heartbeat of the Matildas : skipper Sam Kerr . Credit:PA. Caitlin Foord has long played alongside

  Matildas driven by World Cup failure: Kerr © Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images Matildas captain Sam Kerr has urged her Australian teammates to use their World Cup failure as fuel in their quest for Olympic gold in Tokyo.

The national women's soccer team will play their first game since an early exit out of France when they face Chile in Parramatta on Saturday.

The friendly, which is expected to draw a record crowd, is the first of a two-game series ahead of what shapes as a tricky Olympic qualifying campaign in February.

The second game is in Adelaide on Tuesday.

Matildas down Chile 1-0 in soccer friendly

  Matildas down Chile 1-0 in soccer friendly The Matildas have defeated Chile 1-0 in Tuesday night's women's soccer international friendly in Adelaide.Kerr blew a penalty, had shots saved and hit a cross-bar - but set-up teammate Gielnik's goal as the Matildas set another crowd record.

Kerr scored her second goal of the tournament with a header after 11 minutes to put the Matildas in the driving seat on a stiflingly hot night at the Stade des Alves. But Kerr became the first Australian to score a hat-trick in a senior World Cup with a clinical finish after a defensive blunder by the Jamaicans.

Kerr 's four-star show fires the Matildas into the knockout stage. Skip to sections navigation Skip to content Skip to footer. Australia have played their way into the round of 16 in the Women's World Cup , powered through by a superb display from captain Sam Kerr , who becomes the first Australian

Kerr admitted being haunted by such a disappointing campaign in June, but is one of 18 players to again be given another chance this week.

"As a footballer, you never really get over things like (the World Cup)," Kerr said.

"I'm still thinking about things that happened and moments in games and I think that's just a footballer's way. But you do that with every game.

"We'll always remember it, but now we can use it as a tool for the next tournament we go to and remember those moments.

"I think we'll be thinking about it for probably until the next World Cup. But we've moved on now and ready to start playing again."

The games against Chile will prove crucial for Milicic, whose side don't play again until their first Olympic qualifying match against Chinese Tapei on February 3.

Matildas teammates excited by Kerr move

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Sam Kerr was sensational but the Matildas are far from the finished product as they begin the knockout stages of the Women’s World Cup . Nicole McClure gift-wrapped Kerr ’s fourth goal by failing to control a simple backpass. “It’s a horrible moment for Nicole McClure,” Optus commentator Steven

The Matildas ’ World Cup ambitions have been bolstered by the release of the latest Fifa world The group stage of the World Cup , which is being held in France next June, comprises six groups of four However, despite moving up three spots to No 7, the Netherlands’ failure to beat Switzerland for the

The Matildas also have pool games against Thailand and China, with the top two from their group progressing to a play-off round against the other pool.

The two winners book their flights to Japan.

"Always as a national team coach, you want more games," Milicic said.

"You look at our opponent (on Saturday), they've had four since the World Cup. We haven't had any, (so) you always want more games.

"With the numbers that we have, we're looking to give everyone an opportunity over the next few days to present themselves."

Australia are currently ranked eighth in the world, while Chile are No.37.

But Milicic reminded his players about their 2-0 defeat to the South American side this time last year on home soil, before rebounding 5-0 in a second game.

"We definitely won't underestimate this opponent, particularly the way the games unfolded last time," said Milicic, who confirmed Jenna McCormick would debut.

"They were respectable at the World Cup and also recently had a draw with Brazil.

"Countries that are investing and have a strong football culture like Chile does, they're the ones that are rising."

W-League must be bold as it begins life after Sam Kerr .
If a consortium, bidder, governing body or even an existing club has enough money for only a men's team but not a women's team then that organisation does not have the required cash to operate what should be the minimum for any professional, 21st century sporting franchise - a men AND women's program, writes Anthony Colangelo.Kerr has been the league’s face and has generated much of its mainstream media attention for many years but it can thrive without her.

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