Saturday morning: What's in the news ...

1. Australian Sam Kerr has been named the 2019 NWSL Most Valuable Player, becoming the first player to win the award twice. She led the Chicago Red Stars to second place with a league-record 18 goals. She won the award in 2017 while playing for Sky Blue FC. Kerr, the NWSL Golden Boot winner three years in a row, finished second in the MVP voting last year behind Portland’s Lindsey Horan.

2. The Chicago Red Stars will be without U.S. national team defender Tierna Davidson for Sunday's NWSL final against the North Carolina Courage after she was ruled out with an ankle sprain. The partnership of Julie Ertz and Davidson was a big reason the Red Stars went on a late-season run to finish second behind the Courage. The rookie played 14 of 24 games during the regular season after giving up her senior year at Stanford to turn pro.

3. U.S. Soccer is partnering with the NWSL and U.S. Soccer donors to make the seven-week C License coaching course free of charge to 10 players: Meggie Dougherty Howard, Tori Huster, Paige Nielsen and Crystal Thomas from Washington, Bianca Henninger, Christine Nairn and Cami Privett from Houston, Morgan Andrews and Jasmyne Spencer from Reign FC and Adelaide Gay from North Carolina.
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