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.
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.
On a perfectly clear night in Bradenton, Florida, D.C. United and the Chicago Fire took the field at IMG Academy for a preseason Eastern Conference showdown. With only four players from last years squad in the starting lineup, United started off strong with its group of newcomers which included Eddie Johnson, Fabian Espindola and Crisitan Fernandez. The Black-and-Red came out strong in the first half.
D.C. United takes on Chicago Fire on Saturday, February 8 at 7pm. Watch on dcunited.com/live