FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution has signed former D.C. United midfielder Clyde Simms, whom the club selected in Stage 2 of the 2011 Re-Entry Process on Dec. 12. Per MLS and team policies, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Simms, 29, has spent the last seven seasons as an anchor in the D.C. United midfield. He made 182 regular-season appearances, including 147 starts, mainly as a defensive midfielder, adding three goals and seven assists. A product of East Carolina University, Simms played one season with the Richmond Kickers of the then USL First Division in 2004 before signing with D.C. in 2005.
The Jamestown, N.C., native has one cap with the U.S. National Team (May 25, 2005 vs. England in Chicago), and helped United win back-to-back Supporters Shields as the best regular-season team in MLS in 2006 and 2007, and the 2008 U.S. Open Cup. In 2011, Simms started all 29 matches in which he appeared.
“We’re very pleased Clyde will be playing for the Revolution this season,” General Manager Michael Burns said. “He is a consistent player who provides a reliable presence in the midfield, as well as off the field and in the locker room. We’re looking forward to getting him acclimated when we open camp on January 16.”
The Revolution selected Simms in the second round of Stage 2 of this year’s Re-Entry Process, the team’s second selection in the draft. The club has also extended contract offers to its other Re-Entry Process selections – midfielder/defender Danleigh Borman (Stage 1, Toronto FC) and forward Nate Jaqua (Stage 2, Seattle Sounders FC).
Jersey Number: TBA
Weight: 168 lbs.
DOB: August 21, 1982 (Greensboro, N.C.)
Hometown: Jamestown, N.C.
Previous Club: D.C. United
College: East Carolina
Status: Senior Roster