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Breakers re-sign Australian Kyah Simon for 2016

Kyah Simon is returning to Boston for the third time in four NWSL seasons to play for the Breakers. (Photo Copyright Clark Linehan for The Equalizer)

Kyah Simon is returning to Boston for the third time in four NWSL seasons to play for the Breakers. (Photo Copyright Clark Linehan for The Equalizer)

Kyah Simon is returning to Boston in 2016. The Boston Breakers announced on Tuesday that they have re-signed the Australian forward for the 2016 NWSL season.

Simon returns to Beantown for her third NWSL season, having played for the Breakers in 2013 and 2015. She also played for Boston in 2012 in the semi-pro WPSL Elite.

This season will be Simon’s first under new Breakers head coach Matt Beard.

“I’m delighted that Kyah has extended her stay at Boston,” Beard said. “She proved in the World Cup what a great finisher she is, and I’m hoping with our improved squad that we can create plenty of chances for her. Her experience is going to be key for us this season and she is a player that I have admired for a long time and I am very much looking forward to working with.”

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Simon scored twice in seven starts last season, joining the Breakers following Australia’s World Cup which saw the Matildas become the first men’s or women’s Australia team to win a knockout-stage game at a World Cup. Australia beat Brazil to advance to the quarterfinals. Simon has been capped 57 times by Australia.

She tallied six goals in 13 matches with Sydney FC this NWSL offseason, helping Syndey reach the Westfield W-League Grand Final, where Melbourne City beat Sydney, 4-1.

“I’m very happy about re-signing for the Breakers for the upcoming 2016 season,” Simon said. “I have formed a great relationship with them since my inaugural year in 2012. I’m excited to come back to Boston and get to work under Matt’s guidance, and with the squad closely in, I hope for a successful season ahead.”

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