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Former MLS star appeals for kidney donor

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Tough tackling: Simms played in defensive midfield  (©GettyImages)
Tough tackling: Simms played in defensive midfield (©GettyImages).

Clyde Simms, a former player for New England Revolution, has revealed that he requires a new kidney.

Despite well-documented kidney problems blighting his career and forcing him to retire early, the news still comes as a surprise, especially given that the player was able to play professional soccer for eight seasons. 

Simms has now spoken publicly about his grave situation in an effort to find a donor willing to part with a kidney.

Speaking on MLSsoccer, the 31-year-old said, “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.

“I was very lucky to have had such a great run, but now it’s time to fight another battle.”

Latterly, Simms has discovered that whilst in high school, he suffered a disease that caused severe damage to his kidneys; it resulted in him ending up in the situation that he is currently in. 

There are currently around 100,000 people in the USA waiting for a kidney transplant, and Simms is now one of them.

Speaking on the Washington Post, Simms continued, “I am normally a positive person, but it’s hard not to think about it, with kidneys, you do have options.

"It’s not like a heart or lung where you have to have a transplant. There is some hope. It’s not ideal, but it’s what I have.

"By spreading the word and educating people, I feel like I can accomplish a lot.

During his playing days, the native of North Carolina also played for DC United for seven seasons, before moving to New England Revolution for a season in 2012 where he retired just before the 2014 season.

In his youth days, Simms played college soccer at East Carolina University, before moving onto Richmond Kickers in the now-defunct A-League where he then moved on to MLS.

In 2005, the player was called up to the national team and featured as a substitute against England; it turned out to be his only appearance at national level.

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