2017 (Philadelphia): Simpson made 22 appearances (four starts) at forward in his first season for Philadelphia, scoring one goal ... he started the season opener at Vancouver (March 5), his club and League debut ... he continued in the starting lineup for the home opener against Toronto FC (March 11), where he scored the Union's first goal of the season as well as his first club and League tally ... he missed the match at Orlando (March 18) after being listed as questionable with a pulmonary contusion ... he returned to the starting lineup in the club's next match, at D.C. United (April 1) ... came on as a second-half substitute vs. Portland (April 8) and vs. New York City FC (April 14) ... was in the matchday 18 vs. Montreal (April 22), but did not appear ... made a substitute appearance at LA Galaxy (April 29) ... continued in the matchday 18 vs. the New York Red Bulls (May 6), but did not appear ... came on for his seventh appearance of the season at D.C. United (May 13) ... was in the matchday 18 vs. Houston (May 17) ... made a substitute appearance vs. Colorado (May 20), helping the club to a comeback 2-1 victory ... again made a substitute appearance at Real Salt Lake (May 27) ... was in the matchday 18 at NYCFC (June 3) ... made substitute appearances vs. the New York Red Bulls (June 18) and vs. D.C. United (June 24) ... was in the matchday 18 vs. New England (July 2) ... made another substitute appearance at Sporting KC (July 6) ... came on as a substitute in the Union's international friendly vs. Swansea City AFC (July 15), scoring the game-tying goal ... came on as a substitute at Montreal (July 19) ... started his fourth match of the season with the nod at Columbus (July 22) ... came on as a substitute vs. Columbus (July 26) and at New England (July 29) ... was in the matchday 18 vs. FC Dallas (August 5) ... came on vs. Montreal (August 12) ... was in the matchday 18 at San Jose (August 19) ... came on at Toronto (August 23) ... was in the matchday 18 vs. Atlanta (August 26) ... missed the match at Minnesota (September 9) due to the birth of his child ... returned to action with substitute appearances at the Red Bulls (September 17) and vs. Chicago (September 23) ... was in the matchday 18 at Atlanta (September 27) ... made substitute appearances vs. Seattle (October 1) and at Chicago (October 15) ... was in the matchday 18 in the season finale vs. Orlando (October 22) ... made two appearances (two starts) at forward in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, totaling two assists ... recorded helpers on Derrick Jones' and CJ Sapong's goals as part of a start at forward in the Fourth Round win over Harrisburg (June 14), and again started there in the Round of 16 at the New York Red Bulls (June 28) ... prior to the season, he joined the Union as a Discovery Signing on January 9, 2017.
2016-17 (Leyton Orient): Simpson made 14 appearances in League Two for Leyton Orient, scoring three goals.
2015-16 (Leyton Orient): With Leyton Orient, Simpson made a career-high 45 league appearances, in League Two, scoring a single-season career-high 25 goals. He also made two FA Cup appearances and one League Cup appearance.
2014-15 (Leyton Orient): Back in League One, Simpson appeared 28 times for Leyton Orient, scoring five goals. He made three League Cup appearances, one FA Cup appearance and two League Trophy appearances, scoring three times in that competition.
2014 (Buriram United): The striker made 15 league appearances for Buriram United, scoring one goal. He also made six appearances in the AFC Champions League. He left Thailand to return to England with Leyton Orient on July 31, 2014.
2012-13 (Hull City/Buriram United): Simpson made 43 appearances in the Championship for Hull, scoring six times with seven assists. He helped the Tigers to a second-place finish and automatic promotion to the Premier League. Following the season, he transferred to Thailand’s Buriram United.
2011-12 (Hull City/Millwall): Beginning the year with Hull City, Simpson made two appearances for the Tigers before rejoining Millwall on loan on August 31, 2011. He played in 16 games for Millwall, scoring four goals, before the end of his loan and a return to Hull on January 1, 2012. He would go on to make one additional league appearance for the Tigers after his return, totaling 19 Championship appearances for the season with four goals and three assists.
2010-2011 (Hull City): Simpson permanently moved to Hull City from Arsenal on August 19, 2010. He made 32 appearances in the Championship for the Tigers, scoring six goals with three helpers. He also made one FA Cup appearance and one League Cup appearance.
2009-2010 (Arsenal/Queens Park Rangers): The forward joined Championship side Queens Park Rangers on a season-long loan, making 39 league appearances, scoring 12 times and adding five assists. He had a multi-goal performance with a brace against Cardiff (September 19, 2009), beginning a run that saw him score eight times in 12 league matches. He made two FA Cup appearances for QPR, scoring a goal against Sheffield United (January 3, 2010) and one League Cup appearance.
2008-2009 (Arsenal/West Bromwich Albion): Simpson returned to Arsenal, where he made three first team appearances for the Gunners in the League Cup, scoring two goals in the Round of 16 against Wigan (November 11, 2008). He also appeared on the bench for two UEFA Champions League fixtures. He was loaned to fellow Premier League side West Bromwich Albion midway through the year, where he would make 13 Premier League appearances, including his debut against Aston Villa (January 10, 2009). He scored his first Premier League goal three matches later, against Hull City (January 31, 2009). He also made four FA Cup appearances for West Brom that season, scoring a goal against Peterborough (January 13, 2009)
2007-2008 (Arsenal/Millwall): Simpson began his career in the Norwich City academy before moving to the Arsenal academy in 1997 at the age of nine. After a successful career for Arsenal’s reserve team, including a hat trick at the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal’s Under-18s in a FA Youth Cup match, he was loaned to Millwall, where he made his professional first team debut on September 1, 2007 in League One against Huddersfield. He would make 41 appearances in League One that year, scoring six goals, with his first coming against Swindon Town (September 29, 2007). He also made three FA Cup appearances for Millwall, scoring a goal in the Fourth Round against Coventry City (January 26, 2008).
Simpson has made appearances for England at various youth international levels.
Philadelphia Union signed forward Jay Simpson as a Discovery Signing using Targeted Allocation Money on January 9, 2017.
Name: Jay Simpson
Born: December 1, 1988 in Enfield, London, England
Hometown: London, England
Acquired: Philadelphia Union signed forward Jay Simpson as a Discovery Signing using Targeted Allocation Money on January 9, 2017
Previous Experience: Leyton Orient (2014-2017), Buriram United (2013-2014), Millwall (2011-2012), Hull City (2010-2013), Queens Park Rangers (2009-2010), West Bromwich Albion (2009), Millwall (2007-2008), Arsenal (2007-2010)
Simpson is married to his wife, Isabelle and has three children, Tyreigh, Mya and Blake. Away from the game, Jay enjoys spending time with his family and children, including being involved in their after-school activities. Prior to coming to Philadelphia, he had visited Miami and New York in the United States. His favorite vacation spot is Jamaica, as his family has heritage in the country. His favorite meal is his mother’s home cooking, and when he goes out to eat, he enjoys Italian food. Growing up, his favorite player was Arsenal legend Ian Wright. If he weren’t a professional soccer player, he’d like to be a mentor for underprivileged youth and work in the community.