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It has now been confirmed by Arsenal that star striker Kelly Smith has signed for Boston Breakers and will join the Massachusetts side early next month ready for the commencement of the Women's Professional Soccer league in April 2009.
30-year-old Kelly first featured for Arsenal in 1996 and then rejoined the Gunners in 2005 after eight years in America with Philadelphia Charge and New Jersey Wildcats. The striker has made 112 appearances for the Gunners since her return, and reached 100 goals in all competitions on Sunday - including an astonishing 73 goals in just 66 league appearances - when she lined up in the squad that beat Blackburn Rovers 4-0 in the Premier League.
Kelly has also been the integral part of the national set up with 76 caps now to her name for England and 33 goals for the Three Lions.
Kelly has won 11 major honours with Arsenal and was recently named as the th best player in the world in the FIFA World Women's Player Poll. Her invaluable contributions to the women's game have also led her to be an MBE after being recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2008.
Kelly's departure in March ensures her availability for the FA Tesco Women's Premier League Cup Final on 26th February at Scunthorpe United's stadium, Glanford Park, where the Gunners will face Doncaster Rovers Belles.
Kelly is the third Arsenal player to announce her departure to the United States in recent weeks with Karen Carney and Alex Scott joining Chicago Red Stars and Boston Breakers respectively.
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