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Australia's Kyah Simon Returns to Boston Breakers After World Cup

After a stellar World Cup, Kyah Simon returns to the NWSL.

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The Boston Breakers have announced the signing of Australian forward Kyah Simon pending receipt of her P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC), filling the last international spot on their roster.

"I am delighted to be bringing Kyah back to Boston. She had a fantastic stint with us in 2012 and 2013, and if not for her injury, she would have continued as a Breaker," Boston Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said. "She has shown her sharpness and eye for goal during the World Cup, something we will benefit from in Boston upon her return from international duty. I am happy to have her back scoring goals in a Breakers jersey."

Simon first appeared for the Breakers in 2012 during WPSL Elite, leading the team with 12 goals for the season. Simon then continued playing for the Breakers during their inaugural season in NWSL, logging three goals and three assists. In Australia, she won a W-League championship with Sydney FC in 2013, captaining her side to a 3-1 win over the Melbourne Victory.

In 2013, she suffered an ACL tear moments after taking the field for Australia in a friendly against the United States. The injury took a year to rehab, but Simon came back strong in 2015 and ultimately ended up scoring three goals for Australia during the Women's World Cup. She had a brace against Nigeria and scored the game-winning goal against Brazil, knocking them out of the tournament and advancing the Matildas to the quarterfinals.

Simon could be the key to opening up the Breakers offense, acting as a complement to Steph McCaffrey or perhaps functioning as the team's sole striker with McCaffrey and Mewis in support. Simon is not necessarily a playmaker in her own right, but knows how to get herself into the right place at the right time to finish off service into the box.