D.C. United was not made aware of Simms' health issues until after the announcement of his retirement. We share the concern of all of Clyde's fans and send our thoughts his way in this tough time.
Clyde Simms gave it all for DCU. From 2005-2011, the talented midfielder made a significant impact with the Black-and-Red. It's a sad day when any player has to retire due to health reasons. We, as a club, would like to thank Clyde for his commitment to and passion for D.C. United and congratulate him on his wonderful and impressive career.
— Andrew Minucci (@AndrewMinucci) February 13, 2014
— NEMM (@hoyanick) February 13, 2014
— Joshua Barbieri (@JoshuaBarbieri) February 14, 2014
— Jonathan Williamson (@JonoWilly) February 14, 2014
— Richmond Kickers (@RichmondKickers) February 13, 2014
Prayers go out to Clyde Simms. A 1st class athlete!! MLS veteran Clyde Simms retiring because of kidney disease http://t.co/7NcSLM6PvL
— Ireton Soccer (@IretonSoccer) February 13, 2014
Want to wish Clyde Simms all the best on his next phase. Man is all class.
— Brian Bilello (@RevsPrez) February 13, 2014
Clyde Simms entry into MLS was anything but ordinary. The defensive midfielder, who graduated from East Carolina University in 2003, went undrafted in the MLS SuperDraft. Simms joined the Richmond Kickers in 2004, and was called into the US National Team in 2005. The call-up would eventually shine a spotlight on the budding star, and in 2005 Simms signed with D.C. United.
From 2005-2011, the midfielder represented the Black-and-Red in 185 games, notching three goals and contributing with seven assists. Simms was a staple for the team who won the Supporters Shied in 2006 and 2007 and the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup in 2008. Congratulations Clyde on a long and successful professional career!
This morning, D.C. United and US Men's National Team striker Eddie Johnson joined Extra Time Radio. Listen to his first-hand accounts from the USMNT's tour of Brazil, and his thoughts on his potential role at the World Cup in June.
When asked about the trade to D.C. United, Johnson expressed, "I'm excited to be playing for coach Ben Olsen, a guy who is a winner at the end of the day."
As the sun sets in Bradenton, D.C. United wraps up the first full day of training in Florida. The team put in a full day, with a session in the morning and one later in the afternoon.
“Day one of training was great," Homegrown newcomer Jalen Robinson said, "I’m just excited to be here and get after it and get to know my new teammates better. I don’t know many people except for the academy guys, so getting to know everyone and build that team chemistry is important to me.”
Mealtime at the hotel
What's preseason without a bit of conditioning?
— Chris Pontius (@ChrisPontius13) January 16, 2014
— Anthony DeAngelo (@anthonydeangelo) January 16, 2014
— Fred Karl (@Theretofore) January 16, 2014
D.C. United Homegrown forward Michael Seaton is currently training with Inter Milan's Primavera, Inter's oldest Academy team comprised of players ages 17-20. Seaton, who was on loan with the Richmond Kickers for most of his first MLS season, looks forward to every opportunity to improve and develop.
Seaton, whose first touch for the First Team resulted in an assist in an international friendly vs. Chivas de Guadalajara, continues to impress and grow in front of his home crowd and hometown. Getting a chance to train with Inter's Academy is another chance for the 17-year-old to hone his skill at a high level.
Check back to dcunited.com soon for a Q&A with Seaton.
Calling all D.C. United fans! Make sure you purchase and/or renew your 2014 Season Tickets by this Friday, January 17 in order to receive the exclusive “collector's edition” tickets. Each ticket will feature an iconic player from D.C. United's storied history, starting in 1996 (right) bringing us through 2013.
Aside from the amazing artwork and history on the "collector's edition" tickets, here are a few other reasons you should purchase or renew your 2014 Season Tickets before Friday:
2014 Season Ticket Holder Benefits such as:
- Interest-free payment plan option (up to 12 months)
- Access to the exclusive A Day to Unite celebration in February when you’ll have the chance to meet the first team
- Season tickets are for sale after Friday, but will not be printed on the collector's edition stock
To order season tickets, you can call 202-587-5000 or request more information here.
Jason and Simon predict and analyze which player we will choose with the first pick in the SuperDraft ahead of the MLS Combine. What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with their assessment? Let us know in the comments below or Tweet your thoughts @dcunited using #DCU to join the conversation.