January 9, 2017
Union sign English striker Jay Simpson
CHESTER, Pa. -- Philadelphia Union has signed forward Jay Simpson, the team announced Monday. Simpson, a Discovery Signing, played for Leyton Orient last season, totaling 25 goals in 45 league games.
the Arsenal product comes to the Union after playing for six clubs in England and one in Thailand, totaling over 300 professional appearances in all competitions with over 75 goals. Simpson joins Philadelphia having most recently played for Leyton Orient in England, where, in his last full season in 2015-16, he scored 25 goals in 45 league appearances.
“Jay brings goal-scoring prowess to our team, in addition to a valuable veteran presence, as he has demonstrated with multiple clubs in England,” Philadelphia Union sporting director Earnie Stewart said. “He has played at the highest levels of club soccer, including in the Premier League, and we are excited to add a forward of his quality to our squad.”
Simpson began his career in the Norwich City academy before moving to Arsenal in 1997 at age nine. After a career for Arsenal’s reserve team, including a hat trick for Arsenal’s Under-18s in a FA Youth Cup match at Emirates Stadium, he was loaned to Millwall, making his professional first team debut against Huddersfield in a League One match Sept. 1, 2007.
Simpson returned to Arsenal to begin the 2008-09 campaign, making three first team appearances for the Gunners in the League Cup, scoring two goals in the Round of 16 against Wigan (Nov. 11, 2008), also appearing on the bench for two UEFA Champions League games.
Simpson loaned to West Bromwich Albion midway through that season, making 13 Premier League appearances, including his debut against Aston Villa (Jan. 10, 2009), scoring his first Premier League goal three matches later, against Hull City (Jan. 31, 2009).
Simpson scored 12 times on loan for Queens Park Rangers in 2009-10 before playing for Hull City, scoring 13 times in 86 league appearances from 2010-12, including a loan stint at Millwall. After moving to Buriram United in Thailand, Simpson returned to England with Leyton Orient, scoring 36 times in 99 appearances in all competitions.