Aussies Abroad: Kerr sends Chicago to maiden NWSL final

Westfield Matildas captain Sam Kerr has booked Chicago Red Stars their first-ever National Women's Soccer League final ticket. 

Kerr's smooth eighth minute finish from Yuki Nagasato's through ball helped the Red Stars defeat Portland Thorns 1-0 in this morning's semi-final.

That was Kerr's 19th goal of a campaign that saw the WA-born striker break her own season goals record and seal her third consecutive NWSL Golden Boot.

Australian internationals Hayley Raso and Caitlin Foord were second half substitutes for the Thorns, but Portland were unable to overturn the early deficit. 

Ellie Carpenter was an unused substitute for the visitors, while Red Stars goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold did not feature in the match day squad. 

Chicago now face shield winners North Carolina Courage in the Final next Monday, kick off 7.30am AEDT.

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The Courage, who secured their third consecutive shield in 2019, are also set to feature in their third straight final, having beaten Steph Catley and Lydia Williams' Reign FC 4-1 in extra time this morning.

Reign striker Ifeoma Onumonu forced extra time by netting a stoppage time equaliser to cancel out Heather O'Reilly's 88th minute opener from the penalty spot. 

But the Courage's dominance told after the 90 minutes, netting additional strikes through Debinha, Crystal Dunn and a Lauren Barnes own goal. 

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