HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on January 9, 2017.
An Arsenal product, Simpson brings goalscoring prowess to Philadelphia after several successful seasons in England. He should compete with C.J. Sapong for playing time up top in 2017.
OUTSIDE MLS: 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 returned to Arsenal to begin the 2008-09 campaign, 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 that season, where he made 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). Simpson scored 12 times on loan for Queens Park Rangers in 2009-10 before permanently joining Hull City ahead of the 2010-11 season. He scored 13 times over 86 league appearances for the Tigers over the next three years, which included an additional loan stint at Millwall. After a brief move to Buriram United in Thailand, he returned to England with Leyton Orient, where he has scored 36 times in 99 appearances in all competitions.