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NWSL all-time leading goalscorers

Tue 24 May 2022 | 4:30

Sam Kerr became the all-time leading goalscorer in National Women's Soccer League history, with an incredible 12-minute hat-trick taking her to 34 league goals. Read on to find out more about the NWSL all-time leading goalscorers.

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is at the top of the United States professional women's soccer league system. It is owned by its teams. The league is not an old one, in fact, it was established in 2012.

It is a successor to Women's Professional Soccer. The league began with eight teams and reached a maximum size of ten teams.

The first of All-time leading goal scorers of NWSL is

Sam Kerr

with 77 goals and she is followed by Lynn Williams with 57 goals and Christine Sinclair with 54 goals

Sam Kerr is the greatest goal scorer in the history of the National Women’s Soccer League. Nothing could take away from Kerr, her stunning hat tricks. She now has 35 NWSL goals, passing Jessica McDonald on the all-time list.

NWSL all-time leading goalscorers:

A collection of all-time U.S. greats like Alex Morgan and

Megan Rapinoe

are here for the

NWSL season 2022

, some back from stints abroad. Here is a list of the all-time leading goal scorers in National Women's Soccer League:

Sam Kerr

  • Full name: Samantha May Kerr

  • Date of birth: 10 September 1993

  • Place of birth: East Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia

  • Height: 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)

  • Position: Forward

  • Current team: Chelsea

Samantha May Kerr OAM is an Australian professional soccer player. She plays for

Chelsea

as a Froward in the FA Women's Super League and the Australia women's national soccer team.

She has captained Australia women's national soccer team since 2019. Kerr is the first on the list of the

NWSL all-time leading goalscorers

.

Sam Kerr is a once-in-a-generation talent, a rare star in the galaxy, reaching the heights of soccer in Australia and abroad. At 28 years old, Kerr is already considered to be one of the best football strikers to play the sport, shattering records for both club and country teams.

With surpassing Tim Cahill's previous record of 50 goals in Men teams, Kerr is the all-time leading Australian international scorer both for men and women teams.

She is also the all-time leading scorer in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) in the United States.

Kerr first entered the NWSL at just 18 years old in 2013, joining the Western New York Flash alongside American superstars Carli Lloyd and Abby Wambach.

The Australian’s shiny season, however, came in 2017 with Sky Blue FC after two years with the club. During the 2017 season, Sam Kerr scored a record-breaking 17 goals and earned the Golden Boot and MVP awards.

The year also included an instant-classic match, with Kerr notching four goals in one half to overcome a 3-0 deficit to defeat Seattle Reign 5-4.

Sam Kerr is the only female football player in the history to have won the Golden Boot in three different leagues and three different continents. She has this title in the W-League (Australia) in 2017–18 and 2018–19 season, in the NWSL (North America) in 2017, 2018, 2019 and the FAWSL (Europe) in 2020–21.

She scored many beautiful goals in NWSL and fans never forget her career. On the 4th of September, 2016, she scored a goal for sky blue fc. The Sky Blue era of Sam Kerr’s career is surly nostalgic for NWSL fans.

The defense allows a short corner to be taken which then leads to Kerr lining up the shot. She makes a split decision to let the ball run across. It is all timing and technique. The ball flew into the far corner, simply a great strike for the golden boot Sam.

On 20 October 2019, Sam scored an amazing goal for

Chicago Red Stars

and road them to the NWSL final.

Kerr signals she wants the ball over the top and Nagasato plays a perfect ball into her path. The Aussie managed to size up her defender and keeper Adrianna Franch’s positioning.

Sam Kerr slows down and hits it perfectly. She makes it seem effortless. The shot is so accurate Franch still cannot get it to it that is the quality of one of the best strikers in the world.

NWSL top scorer of all time scored 77 goals in 119 games in NWSL playing for Western New York Flash, Sky Blue FC, and Chicago Red Stars.

Lynn Williams

  • Full name: Lynn Raenie Williams

  • Date of birth: May 21, 1993

  • Place of birth: Fresno, California, United States

  • Height: 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)

  • Position: Forward

  • Current team: Kansas City Current

Lynn Raenie Williams

is an American professional soccer player. She plays for the

Kansas City Current

in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States national team. She is among the

NWSL top scorers of 2021

.

She played for and Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne Victory in the Australian A-League Women and Western New York Flash previously.

Williams was one of the big stars of the 2016 NWSL season. She scored 11 goals which was the equal to Houston Dash forward Kealia Ohai for most goals in the league. Williams was awarded the Golden Boot as she had more assists than Ohai.

In the NWSL Playoffs, Williams scored two goals in extra time as the Flash upset the Portland Thorns in the semi-final and advanced to the Championship Game.

Her 124th-minute goal in the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League Championship is the latest goal scored in NWSL history. It will be remembered as a dramatic moment which reversed a championship result.

But it was also memorable in a unique way; Williams scored it with her head. She had not scored any goal with her head during the season, despite tying for the most goals scored in the league. Her coach, Paul Riley, told her earlier that day that he thought Williams might score with her head in the final.

Lynn Williams was tied for the Golden Boot with 11 goals. Williams capped it off by scoring when her team needed her the most.

When a minute was left in their season, Jessica McDonald whipped in a cross and Williams attacked it in the air with open eyes. The Western New York Flash went on to win in penalties, in large part to Lynn Williams.

Williams was named 2016 NWSL Most Valuable Players and was in the 2016 NWSL Best XI. In the 5tyh of July, 2018, he scored double in front of Red Stars. The second strike was a beauty. Her movement and balance in tight spaces is the key to her success.

In this match, the Red Stars were playing great defense work and minimizing the amount of space of Williams. But she finds a sliver of daylight to perfectly fire the shot while falling away from goal. It is an amazing goal from a player who can work in tight spaces.

She scored 57 goals in 115 games in the National Women’s Soccer League playing for Western New York Flash, North Carolina Courage and Kansas City Current.

Christine Sinclair

  • Full name: Christine Margaret Sinclair

  • Date of birth: June 12, 1983

  • Place of birth: Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

  • Height  1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)

  • Position: Forward

  • Current team: Portland Thorns

Among the

NWSL all-time leading goalscorers

is

Christine Margaret Sinclair

who is a Canadian professional soccer player. She plays as a forward. She captains both National Women's Soccer League club

Portland Thorns FC

and the Canadian national team.

She has an Olympic gold medal and two Olympic bronze medals. Christine also is CONCACAF champion, and has been 14-time winner of the Canada Soccer Player of the Year award.

With 188 goals Sinclair is the world's all-time leader for international goals scored for both women and men. She is one of the most experienced active international football players with more than 300 appearances. Christine won the national collegiate Division I championship twice, with the University of Portland.

Christine has appeared in 5 FIFA Women's World Cups including 2003 United States, 2007 China, 2011 Germany, 2015 Canada and 2019 France. She is also an experienced player in the Olympics games with four Olympic Football Tournaments paying including Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016, and Tokyo 2020.

She has played more than 20 seasons for the Canadian national team. She has been nominated for FIFA Women's World Player of the Year seven times between 2005 and 2016.

She won the Lou Marsh Trophy in 2012 as Canada's athlete of the year, and won the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's female athlete of the year. In September 2013, Sinclair was added into Canada's Walk of Fame.

Sinclair has won championships with three teams including the 2010 WPS Championship with FC Gold Pride, the 2011 WPS Championship with Western New York Flash, and the 2013 and 2017 NWSL Championships with Portland Thorns FC.

On 23 May 2021, she scored a chip against

OL Regin

. The Portland star’s finish in her team’s May rivalry matchup against OL Reign was a piece of art. Karen Bardsley’s deflected save fell to Sinclair, who, with precision, chipped the Reign keeper for a cheeky and memorable goal.

No one has scored more goals than Sinclair in international football – no person in all the 150 or so years that countries have played the game against each other. Her statistics take the breath away. 187 goals in 303 games. She has scored 12 goals in 15 matches in the Olympics.

In January 2022, Sinclair was titled the world's all-time leading scorer and awarded the Best FIFA Special Award.

She scored 54 goals in 143 Games playing for FC Gold Pride m Western New York Fish and Portland Thorns.

Jessica McDonald

  • Full name: Jessica Marie McDonald

  • Date of birth: February 28, 1988 (age 33)

  • Place of birth: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

  • Height: 5ft 10 in (1.78 m)

  • Position: Forward

  • Current team: Racing Louisville FC

Jessica Marie McDonald

is also among the

NWSL all-time leading goalscorers

. She is an American professional soccer player who is playing for

Racing Louisville FC

of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), and the United States women's national soccer team. McDonald has won the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup with United States team.

She also played for the Australian team Melbourne Victory, the Western New York Flash, Chicago Red Stars, Seattle Reign FC, Portland Thorns FC, Houston Dash, and North Carolina Courage.

On 21 August 2021 she scored her 50th goal in NWSL against Kansas City. Williams got the scoring start in her first match back from the Tokyo Olympics. Bringing down a lofted cross from Carson Pickett, Williams slotted a low shot past the Kansas City keeper to give North Carolina a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute.

She scored 51 goals in 156 games playing for Chicago Red Stars, Seattle Reign FC, Portland Thorns FC, Houston Dash, Western New York Flash, North Carolina Courage, and Racing Louisville FC.

Christen Press

  • Full name: Christen Annemarie Press

  • Date of birth: December 29, 1988

  • Place of birth: Los Angeles, California, US

  • Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)

  • Position: Forward

  • Current team: Angel City

Christen Annemarie Press

is an American soccer player who plays for

Angel City FC

of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). She also plays for the United States national team.

She has played 155 games for the United States national team. Press was given the Hermann Trophy in 2010 and titled the all-time scoring and assists records at Stanford Cardinal.

In 2013, with 23 goals scored for Tyresö FF, she was the Damallsvenskan's top scorer. Press became the first American to earn the Golden Boot award in the history of the Swedish League.

Press has played for the Utah Royals and Chicago Red Stars in the National Women's Soccer League, she also played in the Swedish Damallsvenskan, magicJack in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) for Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC and Tyresö FF.

Also, she played in Manchester United of the English FA Women's Super League. She won 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup with United States.

On 28 July 2019 she scored a devastating goal against North Carolina Courage. When Christen Press gets on the ball outside of the box, defenders have no choice but to step to her. Otherwise, she will find the space and punish the opponent with her skill.

When she receives this pass from Vero Boquete, she has one thing in mind. It took one touch to set herself up and clear space from the defender and a second touch to bend it in. The keeper does not even dive, that is how perfect the shot is, and her accuracy is top-notch too.

She scored 45 goals in only 85 games in NWSL playing for Utah Royals and Chicago Red Stars. She has the best goaling rate among NWSL top scorers in history.

Carli Lloyd

  • Full name: Carli Anne Hollins

  • Birth name: Carli Anne Lloyd

  • Date of birth: July 16, 1982 (age 39)

  • Place of birth: Delran Township, New Jersey, U.S.

  • Height  5 ft 7 in (170 cm)

  • Positions: Midfielder / Forward

Carli Anne Hollins

is a former American professional soccer player. She has two Olympics gold medal. Also, she has two-timed FIFA Women's World Cup championships in 2015 and 2019.

Carli is also the two-time FIFA Player of the Year 2015 and 2016, and four-time Olympian (2008, 2012, 2016 and 2021). In March 2021, she was titled as the highest paid female soccer player on the earth. She has played for the Chicago Red Stars, Sky Blue FC, and Atlanta Beat in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS).

She has scored particularly important and memorable goals for United States national team and fans call her a legend. She has scored 43 goals in 107 games in NWSL.

Megan Rapinoe

  • Full name: Megan Anna Rapinoe

  • Date of birth: July 5, 1985

  • Place of birth: Redding, California, U.S.

  • Height: 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)

  • Positions: Midfielder, winger

  • Current team: OL Reign

Megan Anna Rapinoe is an American professional player who plays as a winger. She captains the United States national team as well as OL Reign in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).

She is the Winner of the Ballon d'Or Féminin 2019 and named as The Best FIFA Women's Player in 2019. Rapinoe won gold medal with the United States national team at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. She also won FIFA Women's World Cup twice in 2015 and 2019.

Rapinoe is included in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2020. She has scored many goals that no one wants to miss.in 2 July 2017 at Cascadia derby she scored one of these goals. When the stakes of a match get bigger, Pinoe seems to come through in a big way.

The Cascadia Rivalry is one of the biggest in sports. When the Thorns and Reign go toe-to-toe, everyone in the Pacific Northwest is watching.

Rapinoe put the game on ice with this beautiful goal on the half-volley. The winger had two defenders on her and she still took the shot early, which fooled everyone, especially the goalkeeper.

She has played for the Philadelphia Independence, Chicago Red Stars, MagicJack in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS), as well as Olympique Lyon in France's Division 1 Féminine.

She has scored 40 goals in 83 appearances in the National Women's Soccer League playing for Philadelphia Independence, Chicago Red Stars, MagicJack and OL Reign.

Amy Rodriguez

  • Full name: Amy Joy Rodriguez Shilling

  • Birth name: Amy Joy Rodriguez

  • Date of birth: February 17, 1987

  • Place of birth: Lake Forest, California, United States

  • Height: 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)

  • Position: Forward

Amy Joy Rodriguez Shilling

is a retired soccer player. She played in the North Carolina Courage in NWSL. She is also a former member of the United States women's national soccer team.

She has played for Utah Royals FC, FC Kansas City, and Boston Breakers in NWSL. She scored 39 goals in 101 appearances in NWSL.

Alex Morgan

  • Full name: Alexandra Morgan Carrasco

  • Date of birth: July 2, 1989

  • Place of birth: San Dimas, California, U.S

  • Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)

  • Position: Striker

  • Current team: San Diego Wave

Alexandra Morgan Carrasco

is a professional soccer player for San Diego Wave FC. of the National. She also plays for the United States women's national soccer team.

At the 2012 London Olympics, she scored the match-winning goal in the 123rd minute of the semi-final match against Canada.

In 2015, Morgan was ranked by Time as the top-paid American women's soccer player. She won many titles in football as she called a superstar.

Morgan also was alongside

Lionel Messi

on the covers of FIFA 16 sold in the US. She was called as Time's 100 Most Influential People of 2019.

She has scored 38 goals out of 102 goals in NWSL. She has played for Portland Thorns FC, Orlando Pride and San Diego Wave in NWSL.

Sydney Leroux

  • Full name: Sydney Rae Leroux

  • Date of birth: May 7, 1990

  • Place of birth: Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

  • Height: 5 ft 7 in

  • Position: Forward

  • Current team: Orlando Pride

Sydney Rae Leroux

is a professional soccer player. She is currently playing for

Orlando Pride

as a forward in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).

She also has the gold medal from the London 2013 Olympics. She has played for Boston Breakers, Seattle Reign FC, Western New York Fish, FC Kansas City and Orlando Pride in NWSL.

During the 113 matches played in NWSL, she scored 37 goals, standing in the 10th rate of the

NWSL All-Time Leading Goal scorers

.

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