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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old August 7th, 2004, 23:40 Thread Starter
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Thursday, August 05, 2004
Josh Simpson Signs with Millwall

Canadian International Josh Simpson has inked a two-year contract for English club Millwall. The deal will see Simpson through the 2005-2006 season.

Simpson rocketed onto the Canadian soccer radar in late 2003 during the FIFA World Youth Championships, propelling the young Canucks into the quarterfinal with a laser of a goal against Burkina Faso in the Round of Sixteen.

His stellar performance on that world stage is not what brought him to the attention of Millwall manager Dennis Wise, however. The former Chelsea skipper was taken aback by the youngster's skill during a North American tour for the UEFA Cup-bound side. "He gave us a hard time when we played Canada and then did exactly the same against Hearts. Josh may only have just turned 21, but he has a lot of quality about him".

Having impressed the manager straight out of the gate bodes well for Simpson as Millwall are lacking in depth on the left side of midfield, his preferred position. Millwall may well need to draw on Simpson considering the added stress of the UEFA Cup on their workload.

Simpson becomes the latest Canadian to gain employment in England, joining such National Team regulars as Tomasz Radzinski (Fulham FC), Paul Peschisolido (Derby County), Jim Brennan (Norwich City) and Jason de Vos (Ipswich Town).

Scarborough native and Toronto Lynx defender Adrian Serioux is also rumoured to be joining Millwall.

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Simpson leaves [University of] Portland [Pilots] to sign contract with England's Millwall.

(Friday, August 6, 2004) -- Portland's hopes for the upcoming men's soccer season were dealt a blow today when midfielder Josh Simpson signed a two-year contract with Millwall of the English League Championship, formerly the First Division.

"This is a dream come true for me," Simpson said after signing. "I'm really looking forward to the challenge and hope that I get a chance to play in front of the Millwall fans as soon as possible."

The Lions, who finished 10th in England's second tier last season at 18-13-15, open their 2004-05 campaign tomorrow at Plymouth Argyle.
Simpson, now 21, went on to work with the Canadian (under-23) Olympic team and made his first appearance with the full national team January 18 in a 1-0 road victory over Barbados. After Canada failed to qualify for the Summer Olympics in Athens, Simpson earned a spot on the 17-player roster for the Men's World Cup Team Development Training Camp in early July. Coincidentally, Millwall was training in Canada and Simpson was spotted by the English club's manager Dennis Wise.

"This is just amazing for me," Simpson said. "When Millwall came over to Canada for the tour, a few of us were really keen to try and make a good impression.

In the camp, Simpson stood out in a match against Hearts of the Scottish Premier League, netting the equalizer in stoppage time for a 1-1 draw. He followed with an impressive showing in a 1-0 victory over Millwall.

"To be perfectly honest, Josh wasn't a player I was particularly aware of before we went on our Canadian tour, but he certainly caught our eye when we were there and really impressed me," Wise said. "He gave us a hard time when we played Canada and then did exactly the same against Hearts. Josh may only have just turned 21, but he has a lot of quality about him. He is very direct, fast and a player of real promise and ability. Not many people over here will have heard of him, but Josh is a young man with a bright future. He will join up with the other lads for training tomorrow and we'll take it from there."

Though Simpson's right foot is considered his strongest, Millwall has penciled him in for a trial on the left flank where the club has a glaring need. He could see action tomorrow, though it seems unlikely.
Simpson started all 17 games he played for Portland last season, contributing four goals and four assists to a 10-9-1 team which saw its year end in the second round of the NCAA Division I tournament. He had eight goals and nine assist over 53 matches in his career. Life could become a little more difficult for junior striker Alejandro Salazar, who led the Pilots with 10 goals in 2003.

"I knew Josh was pro-caliber and the time would come (when he would turn pro), but I was still hoping to get one last season out of him," Portland coach Bill Irwin said. "Josh had a great opportunity come up and decided to take advantage of it right now. He is just another Pilot great who will don a pro jersey and we wish him the best of luck."
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Josh came on as a sub in the 34th minute today to replace midfielder Paul Ifill, who was injured, in the 0-0 match against newly-promoted Plymouth.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old January 19th, 2012, 14:27
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Simpson to BSC Young Boys of the Swiss Super League

News from VIS at Vs

"After considerable effort to get paid as per his contract and all the FIFA stipulated hoops you have to go through when this happens, Josh terminated his contract with Manisaspor FC.

You will see news that he has signed a 3.5 year contract with BSC Young Boys of the Swiss Super League.

Josh enjoyed his time in Turkey. He did not want to leave. He is not the only one not getting paid. This problem was supposed to get resolved when the team renegotiated its TV contract. It still seems to be a problem and may get worse before it gets better.

This didn't happen over night as it may appear. FIFA has been in the loop for some time."
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can't understand much deutsch... but good for him. is he a regular with CAN MNT?

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He is a great player but I smell some BS and Young Boys is meh...Xamax went down recently, Swiss league smells fishy...

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