The NWSL Boston Breakers re-signed Australian World Cup striker Kyah Simon for her second season with the team. 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.
Simon was the first ever Indigenous Australian (male or female) to score a goal in a FIFA World Cup tournament.
“[Simon] has shown that she’s one of the best forwards in the world,” said Breakers head coach Lisa Cole.
A key player for the Austalian “Matilidas” Women’s National Team, 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. 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.
Simon recently won her second Grand Final, as captain of Sydney FC. It was Simon’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.
"I had a great experience [with the Breakers] last season, and everyone at the club as well as my host family helped me feel right at home," said Simon. "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."