Looking to add even more explosiveness to their attack in 2012, the Boston Breakers did just that by signing Australian international Kyah Simon.
The 20-year-old striker, who currently plays for Sydney FC of the Westfield W-League, is a member of the Westfield Matildas.
Simon helped lead “The Matildas” into the knockout stage of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. She scored two goals in a 2-1 win over Norway which sent Australia to the quarterfinals, becoming the first ever Indigenous Australian (male or female) to score a goal in a World Cup tournament.
Simon made her national team debut in August 2007, at the age of 16, against Hong Kong. She scored her first goal with Australia in a win over Brazil in the 2008 Peace Cup.
To date, Simon has 29 caps and seven goals in international play. She also scored the winning penalty for Australia to win the 2010 Asian Cup.
“We are continuing to strengthen our team,” Boston Breakers Associate General Manager Lee Billiard said. “And Kyah will be a valuable player for us both on and off the field as we look to build stronger relationships with youth soccer programs and bring more world class players for our supporters to cheer on.”
"I am delighted that we have come to terms for Kyah to become part of the Boston Breakers" Kyah Simon's Manager Bill Drossos said.
"Not only is Kyah a fantastic player, she is also a great person, role model and ambassador for women's football and I have no doubt that she will be a great asset to Boston Breakers on and off the field."
Simon has played in the Westfield W-League since its inception, debuting with the Central Coast Mariners in the inaugural 2008/2009 campaign.
The following season, she won the championship with Sydney. In the 2010/11 season with Sydney, Simon earned numerous awards and accolades after a tremendous W-League season, one in which Sydney finished first in the regular season table. not only did Simon win the golden boot for leading the league in scoring with 12 goals in 12 matches, she also won the Player of the Year, the Young Player of the Year, and the Players Player of the Year award.
"I am really excited to have the opportunity to play for the Boston Breakers", Simon said.
"I look forward to help bring success to the club and I can't wait to meet everyone at the club, including the fans, supporters, sponsors and of course my new team mates. It has been a dream of mine since I started playing football to play overseas and in one of the best women's football competitions in the world and I am stoked that I will be living my dream with the Boston Breakers."