Josh Simpson (Canadian soccer)

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Josh Simpson
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Simpson with Canada in 2010
Personal information
Full name Joshua C. Simpson[1]
Date of birth (1983-05-15) May 15, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Burnaby, Canada
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
BSC Young Boys
Number 15
Youth career
1995–2001 LISA Vancouver
2001–2003 Portland Pilots
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Boulder Rapids Reserve 14 (7)
2004–2006 Millwall 43 (2)
2006–2009 1. FC Kaiserslautern 63 (12)
2009–2012 Manisaspor 78 (18)
2012– BSC Young Boys 11 (0)
National team
2002–2003 Canada U20 20 (3)
2001–2004 Canada U23 5 (0)
2004– Canada 43 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 February 2012

Joshua Christopher Simpson (born May 15, 1983) is a Canadian soccer player who plays for BSC Young Boys in the Swiss Axpo Super League. He also plays with the Canadian national team as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Burnaby, British Columbia, Simpson started his career on a soccer scholarship with the University of Portland. In 2004, Simpson spent time with Boulder Rapids Reserve in the USL Premier Development League where he was named to the PDL all conference team.[2] Shortly after, he and fellow Canadian Adrian Serioux signed with Millwall. He made his debut against Plymouth Argyle. On May 23, 2006, he signed a three-year contract with German team 1. FC Kaiserslautern[3] and left the club on 25 June 2009 to sign with Turkish club Manisaspor.[4] Simpson scored his first hat-trick in a 3-0 home victory on September 26, 2010 vs. Sivasspor. On 22 February 2011, Simpson signed a new three-year contract with Manisa, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2013–14 season.[5] Simpson had his best professional season in 2010-11 with Manisapor leading the team with 12 goals and taking his team to tenth place. Simpson was tied for seventh in goals along with Jajá and Olcan Adın in the Süper Lig.

Simpson made his debut for the 2011/12 season as a second half sub for Ariza Makukula against Trabzonspor on September 10, Manisaspor was tailing by a goal until Simpson scored the tying goal in the 88th minute.[6] Following his second goal of the season against Fenerbahçe in a 2-1 loss January 16, 2012, it was announced the following day that Simpson had terminated his contract with the team over unpaid wages.[7]

On January 19, 2012 Simpson signed for BSC Young Boys on a three-and-a-half year deal.[8] Simpson made his Young Boys debut on February 12 as a second half sub for David Degen in a 1-0 victory over FC Sion. On May 23 the last game of the season against FC Basel, Simpson sustained a broken leg that was initially expected to keep him out for 3 months forcing him to miss the next round of international games for Canada after being called up the previous week.[9] However, the injury turned out to be far more serious, which was described by the FC Young Boys website as a “terrible moment for the audience [in Basel to witness].” He is expected to remain out of the lineup until July 2014 at the earliest. [10]

International career[edit]

In 2003, he played for the Canada under-20 team at the World Youth Cup, where he scored the only goal in Canada's 1–0 win over Burkina Faso. He was also a call-up to the 2001 version, but not selected in the starting XI or on the bench.[11]

He made his senior debut for Canada in a January 2004 friendly match against Barbados.[12] Josh was later chosen in the 23-man roster for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Canada won Group A with seven points before being knocked out by Honduras in the Quarter Finals. Simpson scored his first goal for the senior men's team in a 2-1 win over Honduras on September 7, 2010.

After failing to score in a disappointing 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Simpson scored two goals in Canada's first game of World Cup Qualifying against Saint Lucia on September 2, 2011 at the national stadium BMO Field.[13] Two months later Simpson scored his fourth international goal against Saint Kitts and Nevis in an inconsequential world cup qualifying match, the game ended in a 4-0 victory for the Canadians.[14] In early December, Simpson was shortlisted for the 2011 Canadian Player of the Year along with Dwayne De Rosario and Simeon Jackson, it was announced on 14 December that he had finished in third losing out to De Rosario.[15]

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. September 7, 2010 Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Canada  Honduras 1-0 2-1 Friendly
2. September 2, 2011 BMO Field, Toronto, Canada  Saint Lucia 1-0 4-1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. September 2, 2011 BMO Field, Toronto, Canada  Saint Lucia 3-1 4-1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. November 15, 2011 BMO Field, Toronto, Canada  Saint Kitts and Nevis 4-0 4-0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

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