Australian striker Kyah Simon returns to the Breakers

Boston's 2012 leading scorer adds power to front line

  The Boston Breakers have agreed to terms with Australian international striker Kyah Simon, who will return for her second season as a Breaker. Per league and team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

 The Boston Breakers have agreed to terms with Australian international striker Kyah Simon, who will return for her second season as a Breaker. Per league and team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"I am really excited to be returning to Boston and to play for the Boston Breakers in what sounds to be a great new league this season" Simon said. "I look forward to catching up with all my teammates and everyone at club, including the fantastic Breakers supporters. I had a great experience last season, and everyone at the club as well as my host family helped me feel right at home, and I am pleased that I will get the chance to come back to Boston again and help the club be successful on and off the field"

 

Kyah Simon returns for her second season as a Breaker (Photo by Mark Gardner)

"The Boston Breakers management team have been a pleasure to deal with again, and I am very happy for the club, for the fans and for Kyah that we were able to reach agreement for Kyah to return to Boston." Kyah’s manager, Bill Drossos said. "It sounds like the new NWSL will be a great league, and I have no doubt Kyah will be a great asset to the club as she was last season.”

Simon led the Breakers in scoring last season in goals scored (12) and points (26), which also ranked her second in WPSL Elite in both categories.

“I’m excited about having Kyah back and for her to get the opportunity to play against the best in the world,” Boston Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said. “She’s shown that she’s one of the best forwards in the world.”

Now an established player for the Austalian “Matilidas” Women’s National Team, Simon most recently played for her country in a friendly against the U.S last year. During the U.S. Women’s National Team’s Fan Tribute Tour, Simon played twice against the U.S., including her current Breakers teammates Heather O’Reilly and Heather Mitts. Simon played alongside O’Reilly last season for the Breakers.

"The U.S. Women’s National Team are ranked number 1 in the world, so obviously they are high quality, and it was fantastic to play against them and experience that quality." Simon said. "The Matildas are a very young team and we competed really well, but it was good to see where we are in terms of comparing with the the number 1 team in the world.”

Simon recently won her second Grand Final, as captain of Sydney FC. It was Kyah’s third Grand Final appearance in five seasons of the W-League. Sydney beat the Melbourne Victory, 3-1, in this year’s Grand Final, played Jan. 27, at AAMI Stadium in Melbourne. Simon scored one goal and had one assist in the win, earning Player of the Match honors.

The 21-year-old helped lead Australia into the knockout stage of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany and scored two goals in a 2-1 win over Norway, which sent Australia to the quarterfinals. She was the first ever Indigenous Australian (male or female) to score a goal in a FIFA World Cup tournament. Simon made her National Team debut in August 2007, at the age of 16, against Hong Kong and scored her first goal with Australia in a win over Brazil in the 2008 Peace Cup. She also scored the winning penalty for Australia to win the 2010 Asian Cup.

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