The concussions-in-sports debate dipped into Major League Soccer Wednesday.
Former MLS defender Bryan Namoff filed a $12 million lawsuit against DC United, alleging the club and his former head coach, Tom Soehn, who is now the director of soccer operations for the Vancouver Whitecaps, cleared the one-time U.S. international to play after failing to properly assess a head injury.
The Washington Post reported that Namoff believes United was “negligent in its management, care and treatment” after the 10-year pro was injured in a home win over Kansas City in 2009.
According to the lawsuit, the 33-year-old said brain damage has contributed to headaches, fatigue, sleep problems and hypersensitivity to motion since his forced retirement.
The personal injury complaint filed against D.C. Soccer LLC seeks $10 million for medical negligence and $2 million for marital impact, according to the Post.
After sustaining the injury against Kansas City, Namoff played one more match before leaving DC United for good.
In a landmark case, the suit follows a host of fellow MLSers who have been forced out of the game due to concussions, the most notable being perennial MLS all-star Taylor Twellman, who missed multiple seasons with the New England Revolution before retiring in 2010.