Bryan Namoff, former D.C. United player, sues team over concussions

Namoff played for D.C. United from 2001 through 2010. Photo: © 2008 by Ben Stanfield, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A former D.C. United defender has filed a $12 million lawsuit against the team and former coach Thomas Soehn, saying they rushed him back onto the field after the concussion that ultimately ended his career.

Bryan Namoff alleges that he suffered permanent brain damage from a hit he sustained during a game in September 2009. He says team doctors did not evaluate him after the concussion or perform neurocognitive tests and that Soehn decided to play him in a game three days later.

That turned out to be the last game of Namoff's career.

He says he has permanent headaches along with memory, sleep and vision problems.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court. A D.C. United spokesman says the team has no comment on pending litigation.

Namoff played for D.C. United from 2001-2010, appearing in 195 matches for the team after being drafted 15th overall in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft.

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