|Toronto FC forward Amado Guevara (R) makes a back pass under pressure from D.C. United defenders Bryan Namoff (L) and Clyde Simms (C) during the first half of their MLS soccer game in this 2008 file photo. (REUTERS)
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.