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Sam Kerr and Kristie Mewis embrace, Matildas vs USA result, video



Matildas superstar Sam Kerr and her American girlfriend Kristie Mewis exchanged a tender moment together after Tuesday’s friendly at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle.

A late equaliser from Australian striker Kyah Simon in the 88th minute set up a 1-1 draw against Team USA — it was the veteran’s first goal since February 2020.

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Following the final whistle, the beaming Mewis approached Kerr for a polite handshake before the couple embraced.

The American could hardly wipe the smile from her face.

Sam Kerr of the Matildas with girlfriend Kristie Mewis. Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images.
Sam Kerr of the Matildas with girlfriend Kristie Mewis. Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images.Source: Getty Images
The couple confirmed their relationship in August. Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images
Kristie Mewis couldn’t wipe the smile from her face. Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Kerr represents Chelsea in the Women’s Super League in England while Mewis plays for the Houston Dash in America’s National Women’s Soccer League.

The couple confirmed their relationship in August after they were spotted cuddling on the pitch following the bronze medal match at the Tokyo Olympics, which the United States won 4-3 against Australia.

Kerr separated from long-term partner Nikki Stanton ahead of the Tokyo Games after more than seven years together. She reportedly told friends she had “fallen out of love” with Stanton, whom she met back in 2014.

Sam Kerr with her American girlfriend. Picture: Instagram.Source: Instagram
The couple went public after the Tokyo Olympics. Picture: Instagram.Source: Instagram

On Tuesday, a fourth-minute strike from American Ashley Hatch saw the Matildas needing to overcome another nightmare start against the world champions, but Simon’s fortuitous goal at the death tied the scores.

“It was disappointing to concede again in the opening minutes, but it’s been a tough year so to finish out with a tie to the world No. 1 we’ll take it,” Kerr said after the match.

“It probably wasn’t our best performance but we are building.”

The 1-1 result followed Saturday’s 3-0 defeat in Sydney, which means the Matildas have still won just three of Tony Gustavsson’s 16 matches in charge.

The Matildas coach had said he was treating the friendly series as a dress rehearsal for the 2023 World Cup on home turf, but it was also the final rehearsal ahead of January’s Asian Cup.

Kyah Simon of the Matildas celebrates scoring her team’s only goal. Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Despite a sensational season in which she finished as the top scorer in England’s Women’s Super League, Kerr missed out on the women’s Ballon d’Or award with a third-place finish as Spaniard Alexia Putellas claimed the coveted prize.

Kerr, who scored a whopping 21 goals in the WSL for Chelsea, played a key role for the Blues as they won both the Super League and the League Cup.

The 28-year-old also captained the Matildas at the Tokyo Olympics and scored six goals as Tony Gustavsson’s side finished fourth.

The West Australian hasn’t showed any signs of slowing down just yet for Chelsea either, scoring 13 goals in 12 games this season.

But it ultimately wasn’t enough as the Australian star finished behind Putellas and fellow Spaniard Jennifer Hermoso in the voting.

— with NCA NewsWire

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Roberto Mancini's stance on joining Man Utd before Qatar World Cup explained



ROBERTO MANCINI has emerged as a potential candidate to become Manchester United manager next summer.

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Manchester United, new manager, Roberto Mancini, updates, Italy, reaction, Ralf Rangnick



Roberto Mancini is reportedly being considered as a shock candidate to take over at Manchester United next summer.

A report from The Telegraph on Wednesday morning claims that the former Manchester City manager “could be one of several names” put forward as the club’s next permanent coach.

Mancini’s availability for the role could depend on Italy’s performance in the World Cup play-offs in March.

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If he fails to steer Italy into the tournament in Qatar later that year, it could present United with an opportunity to pounce.

Although a return to the Premier League could intrigue Mancini regardless of whether Italy progresses.

He is currently contracted as Italy head coach until 2026.

Other contenders for the role include Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino, Ajax’s Erik ten Hag and Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers.

For the time being interim manager Ralf Rangnick will be taking the helm.

Michael Carrick will stay in charge of Manchester United for their clash against Arsenal this week though as Rangnick awaits his work visa.

Rangnick on Tuesday agreed to join United from Lokomotiv Moscow, where he was the head of sports and development.


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But he will not be on the bench when Arsenal visit on Friday due to legal red tape.

“Ralf Rangnick was announced as interim manager on Monday but, while the club follows the regulatory process around a work visa, Carrick will continue at the helm,” a United statement said.

“Michael has communicated this to players and staff at Carrington in a busy week for the club.”

The 63-year-old German will eventually take charge at United until the end of this season before moving into a two-year consultancy role at the troubled Premier League outfit.

Carrick has been working as United’s caretaker boss since Solskjaer’s sacking.

The former United midfielder, who had served as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s assistant, has overseen a 2-0 Champions League win at Villarreal and Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Premier League leaders Chelsea.

United host Crystal Palace on Sunday, by which time Rangnick could be in the dugout.

They are then scheduled to play their final Champions League group fixture at home to Swiss club Young Boys on December 8.

That game could be switched to a neutral venue given the new travel restrictions in response to the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

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