Today, New England Revolution midfielder Clyde Simms revealed that he has battled kidney disease for many years and is officially retiring from his professional playing career to open a cycling center in Dedham, MA.
Simms spent two of his nine professional seasons in New England after joining the club ahead of the 2012 season.
“I’ve never really talked about this because I always chose the mind over matter approach, but my health has gotten to a point where I can no longer do that,” Simms said. “When I was a freshman in high school, we discovered that I suffered from Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), the same kidney disease as Alonzo Mourning. When I started playing with D.C., my kidney function was around 50 percent, and the last three years of my career, it has gotten down to about 20 percent.
Unfortunately, for the past 10 years I have been dealing with kidney disease and it has become too tough for me to compete at this level anymore.”
Simms, 31, played nine seasons in MLS, entering the league in 2005 with D.C. United. Simms anchored the United defensive midfield for seven seasons and his 182 appearances ranks fifth in DCU career records. With United, Simms helped the club win back-to-back Supporters’ Shields as the league’s best regular-season club in 2006 and 2007, and also the 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Simms joined the Revolution in December 2011 through the Re-Entry Process and made 38 starts in 39 appearances in two seasons. Simms served as the club’s captain for much of the 2012 season.
Altogether, in nine MLS seasons, Simms made 221 appearances and 185 starts while scoring three goals and adding nine 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. United in 2005. The Jamestown, N.C., native has one cap with the U.S. National Team, which came on May 25, 2005 against England in Chicago.
Simms is currently in the process of launching an indoor cycling studio in Dedham, Mass., which he expects to open in the spring of 2014.
“We’re disappointed to see Clyde end his career but want to wish him the best in the next stage of his life,” Revolution general manager Michael Burns said. “Clyde was a true professional in his time with us and was a model player for our squad to emulate.”