Simms “very happy” in NE as former club comes to town

Longtime D.C. United midfielder to line up against his old side on Saturday

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Former D.C. United defender Marc Burch ruffled some feathers with comments he made about his previous employer prior to visiting RFK Stadium with his new club Seattle Sounders FC last weekend.

Clyde Simms has no such plans as the New England Revolution prepares to host United on Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

“I don’t have anything to say,” Simms said with a chuckle. “We’ll do our talking on the field.”

Simms spent seven seasons in the Nation’s Capital, making 182 appearances for the Black-and-Red while helping the club to back-to-back Supporters’ Shields in 2006 and 2007, plus a U.S. Open Cup title in 2008. Despite starting 29 games for D.C. in 2011, Simms was deemed expendable and the club declined his option this past offseason, paving the way for the Revs to snap him up in the Re-Entry Process.

While Burch seems to harbor resentment about United’s decision to cut ties with the left back, Simms doesn’t hold a similar grudge as he’s settled in perfectly with his new teammates in New England.

“It was good timing; time to kind of part ways,” Simms said of leaving D.C. “I definitely miss the city of D.C., but as far as the team, I’m happy here. I’m very happy here, even more so than I was toward the end of my time at D.C.

“There was a good period where I was frustrated – we were all frustrated there – not making the playoffs for so many years and having some tough seasons,” he added. “So I think it was a good time to part ways.”

Simms continues to stay in touch with many of his former teammates, including Brandon McDonald, who until recently was renting the basement of Simms’ D.C. home. With the Revs off last weekend, Simms returned to D.C. to watch United’s 0-0 draw with the Sounders and catch up with friends in the area.

Of course, Simms also used the opportunity to do a bit of advanced scouting.

“I’m excited about playing them,” he said. “They’re basically the same team as when I played there. They have the same formation and they try to accomplish the same types of things. They really depend on a couple of guys making special plays throughout the game.”

It’ll no doubt be a strange experience for Simms as he lines up against D.C. United for the first time, but there will be no confusion about which side he plays for when the opening whistle sounds.

“I do have some relationships with some of them,” Simms admitted, “but for the most part, I feel like this is my new home, for sure.”