January 16, 2017
TAKING THE YEAR OFF
Breakers' Kyah Simon returning to Australia
Forward Kyah Simon will not return to the Boston Breakers next season, the team announced Monday.
Simon had a goal and assist in 17 games (14 starts) last season. In three NWSL seasons with the Breakers, Simon totaled six goals and four assists in 41 games.
Im saddened to announce I will not be returning to the Breakers for the 2017 NWSL season, Simon said in a statement. It was a difficult decision for me to make. It's great to see the progress and changes the club is forming for the coming season, which has made it even tougher for me to come to this conclusion. I love the city, the club, my teammates and most importantly the fans, but for me I need to put my personal needs first and make 2017 a year to freshen up here in Australia, to get my mind and body back to 100 percent health and fitness, and be ready for the next season.
Simon lead the WPSL Elite with 12 goals in her first season with the Breakers in 2012.
I will miss Boston and everything it has to offer, Simon said. I want to thank everyone at the Breakers and all the fans for welcoming me with open arms and making Boston my home away from home, I'd like to wish Matt and the girls all the best for the coming NWSL season.
Its tough to lose Kyah, but this has been an ongoing discussion for some time, so we were aware and have planned for this happening, Boston president of soccer operations Lee Billiard said. It's been a couple of whirlwind years for Kyah and we fully respect her decision to have a refresh year.