Despite being diagnosed with a kidney disorder in middle school, Clyde Simms was able to play nine years in MLS. But now his kidneys are failing, and he needs a transplant, according to SoccerWire.com.
Simms has a condition called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, which causes scarring of the kidney tissue. Rest and medication kept the condition under control during his playing days, but the extent of his kidney failure has worsened since his retirement earlier this year. Simms now requires dialysis three days a week because his kidney function is less than 10 percent.
Simms stays close to his last team, living in Dedham, Massachusetts, as he receives treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital. Staying within a half hour of the Revs has also lifted his spirits: Many of his ex-teammates have given him plenty of well wishes.
While dialysis is keeping Simms alive for now, a kidney transplant will bode for a much better future.
Simms spent the first seven years of his career with D.C. United, and played his last two seasons with the New England Revolution. He earned one cap for the US Men's National Team, as a substitute in a 2005 game against England.
- Dan Gartland