Whitney Engen, Kyah Simon set to open 2016 Olympics in Rio on Wednesday

(Aug. 2, 2016) – Boston Breakers defender and captain Whitney Engen and forward Kyah Simon will represent their respective countries when the 2016 Summer Olympics get underway in Brazil Wednesday afternoon.

(Aug. 2, 2016) – Boston Breakers defender and captain Whitney Engen and forward Kyah Simon will represent their respective countries when the 2016 Summer Olympics get underway in Brazil Wednesday afternoon.

Simon and the Australian Women’s National Team, ranked No. 5 in the FIFA World Rankings, kick off the tournament against Canada (No. 10, FIFA) at 2 p.m. ET at Arena Corinthians. Australia, which is in Group F, then goes on to play Germany Saturday at 5 p.m. ET and Zimbabwe Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET.

Capped 66 times for Australia, the 25-year-old Simon has scored 20 goals for “The Matildas.” She led Australia to its second straight appearance in the quarterfinals at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada last summer. Throughout the tournament, Simon scored three goals, including two in a 2-0 win over Nigeria in the group stage. She went on to score the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Brazil on June 21, 2015 to open the knockout round. This will be Simon’s first-ever appearance at an Olympics Games.

Engen, 28, is also making her Olympic debut. The U.S. Women’s National Team central defender is a 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup winner and has 37 caps and four goals. She’s appeared in eight games (starting two) in 2016. She played the entire second half of the USWNT's Olympic sendoff match, a 4-0 win July 22 against Costa Rica.

Engen and the U.S. open the Olympics Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET against New Zealand. The U.S. then goes on to play France (Aug. 6, 4 p.m. ET) and Colombia (Aug. 9, 6 p.m. ET) to finish up Group G matches.

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