It's been a long-held assumption that Kyah Simon would return to Boston for the 2016 season and the Breakers confirmed that assumption today with the announcement that Kyah Simon has re-signed with the team.
"Kyah is an important player for us. I am very happy we were able to get her signed to an extended contract," Boston Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said. "I have known Kyah for a few years now, and as a player she continues to develop each year. She's a really technical goal scorer and someone I know we will help push us forward. We really like Kyah being part of our organization and I think she feels that Boston is her second home."
Simon is of course no stranger to Boston fans, as she played for the team in 2015 and and 2013, in NWSL and WPSL Elite respectively. Simon returned to Boston last year after a strong showing in the Women's World Cup and scored two goals in seven games for the Breakers.
In the NWSL offseason, Simon returned to her W-League club, Sydney FC, where she helped them make a run to the grand final, though they ultimately lost to Melbourne City FC. She scored Sydney's only goal in that game off a penalty kick and led the team with six goals in 13 games.
"I'm very happy about re-signing for the Breakers for the upcoming 2016 season. I have formed a great relationship with them since my inaugural year in 2012," said Simon. "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."
The NWSL season will be interrupted for the Olympics and should Australia qualify, Simon will almost certainly be joining the Matildas in Brazil. But while with the Breakers, you can probably expect to see head coach Matt Beard play her at the tip of the spear in any formation, working off of service from Stephanie McCaffrey and Kristie Mewis. Simon can also create on her own, as well as send in accurate service from wide; her versatility in the offense should make her a key player to watch for 2016.