Clyde Simms

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Clyde Simms
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Personal information
Full name Clyde Simms
Date of birth (1982-08-21) August 21, 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Jamestown, North Carolina, United States
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Youth career
2000–2003 East Carolina Pirates
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003 Raleigh CASL Elite 17 (2)
2004 Richmond Kickers 26 (3)
2005–2011 D.C. United 182 (3)
2012–2013 New England Revolution 39 (0)
Total 264 (8)
National team
2005 United States 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 22, 2013.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 30, 2009

Clyde Simms (born August 21, 1982) is an American[1] former soccer player. He played in Major League Soccer from 2005 to 2013. He also represented the United States at international level.



Born in Jamestown, North Carolina, Simms played college soccer at East Carolina University from 2000 to 2003, where he appeared in 72 games and notched seven goals and seven assists. He was team captain his final three years.


Simms went undrafted by Major League Soccer after college and instead signed with Richmond Kickers of the A-League. Although he had a relatively impressive first season with the Kickers and started 28 games for the club, Simms's talent was not really recognized until he was called into the United States national team camp as a replacement player due to a conflict between the United States Soccer Federation and the players in 2005. Simms greatly impressed in camp and, when the disagreement was settled, Simms was asked to remain in camp and train with the regular team.

Simms's performance in the national camp intrigued several MLS teams, and he was eventually signed as a discovery player by D.C. United on February 25, 2005. In the 2008 MLS season, Simms played in 30 MLS games, with 30 starts and two goals scored and two assists. He missed only 3 minutes the entire season.

After seven seasons with D.C. United, the club declined his 2012 contract option and he entered the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft. Simms was selected by New England Revolution in stage two of the draft on December 12, 2011.[2] He agreed a contract with New England eleven days later.[3]

Simms played two seasons for New England. He announced his retirement on February 13, 2014.[4]


Simms has one cap for United States national team, which he received on May 28, 2005, when he came on as an injury-time substitute against England.


D.C. United[edit]


  1. ^ Bell, Jack. "SOCCER REPORT; From Obscurity to U.S. Team", The New York Times, May 24, 2005. Accessed March 17, 2012. "Simms is among a group of African-American players helping to change the perception of soccer in the United States; that group includes Eddie Pope, DaMarcus Beasley, Eddie Johnson, Edson Buddle, Cory Gibbs and Oguchi Onyewu."
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