Defender Frank Simek, a member of the 2007 Gold Cup team, will not be retained by League One’s Carlisle United, with whom he spent the last three seasons. He played in 119 league matches over that time, including 38 this season as Carlisle was generally mid-table in the third tier. Previously, he spent several years in the Championship with Sheffield Wednesday after coming up through Arsenal’s youth academy.
Simek also has three US caps; his most famous moment with the Nats was being substituted right (and causing TV coverage to miss the actual corner kick) before Benny Feilhaber’s volley to beat Mexico in the 2007 Gold Cup final.
What do you foresee next for the rightback? I would guess he’ll settle with another League One or maybe League Two club (the Championship is probably a half-cut above him). Many will speculate MLS (where he’d be subject to the allocation order), but I wonder how much he would consider that given that he has lived in England for more than half of his life.