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Revolution midfielder Clyde Simms retires due to kidney disease

Clyde Simms (2008 photo by Ben Stanfield via wikipedia commons)

Clyde Simms was in his prime at just 32 years of age when he retired from Major League Soccer recently.

He had a good reason too. His health!

The former midfielder of the New England Revolution decided to hang up the soccer cleats in early 2014 due to a battle with kidney disease.

Clyde’s disease – Focal Segmental Glomerlo-sclerosis (FSGS) – has now progressed to the point that he needs a kidney transplant.

The usual waiting time for a suitable match is about four years, and many people on the waiting list really don’t have that long before needing to go on dialysis, including Simms.

People interested in donating a kidney first need to contact a donation center and be tested. To be tested to see if you are a match to help Clyde, or any other person waiting for a kidney match, please contact the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Living Donor Program at (617) 643-7193.

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Simms is a graduate of East Carolina University. While playing as a Pirate, in 72 games, he scored 7 goals and handed out 7 assists and was the team captain his final three seasons.

In the MLS, he played for D.C. United from 2005-2013 and with the Revolution in 2012 and 2013. He played for the U.S. National Team in 2005.

The 5’9 defensive midfielder was born in Jamestown, North Carolina.


U.S. gymnast Liukin will be appear in Columbus on November 4


Nastia Liukin (2008 photo by Carly Peterson, ravedelay via wikipedia commons)

Russian-born Nastia Liukin, the 2008 Olympic all-around champion in gymnastics, will be heading a team of United States gymnasts in a show at Columbus, Ohio’s Value City Arena.

The Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions which will take place on November 4 at 4 p.m.

Liukin is a 22-year-old from the Soviet Union, but has been a member of the U.S. National Team for 8 years. She is only 5’3, 99-pounds.

Tickets will range from $28 to $203 and are available to the public starting at 10:00 a.m. July 13 at the arena and Ticketmaster outlets (1-800-745-3000) or

The Tour of Champions members will be from the men’s and women’s 2011 world and 2012 Olympic team’s; past Olympians; U.S. medalists in rhythmic and acrobatic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling along with gymnasts from Central Ohio.


Info compiled from Kellogg’s Public Relations, U.S. Gymnastics, Radio & TV news

Dempsey selected U.S. Soccer Federation male athlete of the year


Clint Dempsey has been voted the top male athlete by the U.S. Soccer Federation for the first time since 2007.

Dempsey scored three goals at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Playing for Fulham FC, he passed Brian McBride to become the highest-scoring American in the Premier League.

Clint Dempsey (U.S. soccer photo)

Dempsey is capable of player several positions, attacking midfielder, winger and striker.

The 28-year-old Texas native, has played for the New England Revolution where he scored 25 goals, Fulham FC, 42 goals and the U.S. National Team 24 goals.


Info compiled from United States Soccer Federation, Radio & TV news

Crew’s Rogers heading to Germany to train


Robbie Rogers (courtesy of MLS)

Will Robbie Rogers return to the Columbus Crew in 2012 or will be play overseas?

That is the big question surrounding one of the Crew’s most popular players who is looking for a new contract.

The Crew midfielder will be training for the next two weeks in Germany at the advice of U.S. national head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Rogers will train with Bundesliga club Kaiserslautern.

In 81 Major League Soccer games, Rogers has scored 12 goals.

With the United States national team in 17 games, he has two goals.


Info compiled from Columbus Crew, Radio & TV news

Crew manages 1-1 tie against always-tough Seattle Sounders FC


Emilio Renteria (courtesy of MLS)

Emilio Renteria scored on a second-half penalty kick allowing the Columbus Crew to tie the Seattle Sounders FC at 1-1 Saturday night at soggy Crew Stadium. The tie also allowed the Crew to move into a second place tie in the Eastern Conference.

Fredy Montero scored in the 7th minute for Seattle.

Montero put the Sounders ahead with a header, an assist from Erik Friberg for his cross from 35 yards to the center of the box. The goal was the fifth off a header this year for Seattle, which leads Major League Soccer in that category.

The Crew (3-1-4) has not lost since the first game, running its unbeaten streak to seven games and it stays undefeated at home (3-0-2). Renteria has scored all four Crew goals in its last three games, and his decisive kick came after Patrick Ianni was whistled for pulling down Chad Marshall on a corner kick by teammate Eddie Gaven.

Half of the Crew’s eight goals this season have come from the penalty shot.


* Attendance was 7,148.

* Conditions 55 degrees and rainy.

* Seattle is 3-0-2 when scoring first.

* The Sounders are fifth in the Western Conference at 3-3-4 for 13 points.

* Seattle has been consistent, scoring 6 goals on the road and 6 at home.

* The Crew are 3-1-4, good for 4th in the Eastern Conference with 13 points.

* It was pointed out that Andres Mendoza of the Crew is making $595,000 and is not a starter, but that the Crew did not want to pay a similar or higher salary to keep proven star Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

*  Columbus is 3-0-2 at home.

* The Crew all-time vs. Seattle is 2-0-3.

* Crew Soccer Academy standouts Wil Trapp and Ben Swanson have been called into their respective age group U.S. National Team camps. Trapp, from Gahanna, will leave for Portugal on May 19 and will participate in a series of matches against the Portugal, Finland and Holland U18 teams.

Swanson has already joined the U.S. U14 camp at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, and will play in a series of exhibitions against Chivas, Arsenal, LA Galaxy, Cosmos West, Pateadores and the Irvine Strikers.




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