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Bryan Namoff suspends playing career

D.C. United defender Bryan Namoff, who hasn't played since suffering a concussion in a game last September, has suspended his playing career, the team announced today.

Namoff, 31, will join the front office as special projects manager, where he will assist general manager Dave Kasper with scouting, youth development and camp programing, the team said.

Namoff has been United's starting right back for years, and is in third place all-time in the club's record book with 195 games played.

He is the third prominent United player forced out by concussion in recent years. Alecko Eskandarian and Josh Gros were the other two. Eskandarian returned following a lengthy recovery, but was never the same player and did not return to the game this season; Gros never played again and is now retired.

By Steven Goff  |  July 15, 2010; 1:51 PM ET
 
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Sad to hear. Bryan always played with heart. I remember going on a road trip to see United play the Fire a few years ago and having the Namoff family coming over to our tailgate and introducing themselves. Very nice people.

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | July 15, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Trusting he will unleash on whatever comes next . . . I really enjoyed the way the guy went about his business . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | July 15, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back, Steve. Your Insider family greatly appreciates the top quality reporting you provided in South Africa. Props to DCU for keeping Bryan in the fold.

Posted by: dcarmy | July 15, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Deeply saddened by this news. Bryan has always been a class act . . . both on and off the field.

Posted by: edmundburke247 | July 15, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Is there something about the style of play in MLS that leads to more concussions? Is MLS being more cautious than other leagues in holding players back from the pitch? Or is it the admittedly lower quality of player on an MLS roster in relation to top flight leagues that leads to a bit more recklessness in challenges and headers?

Posted by: Logan_Circle | July 15, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back, Steve. Your Insider family greatly appreciates the top quality reporting you provided in South Africa. Props to DCU for keeping Bryan in the fold.

Posted by: dcarmy | July 15, 2010 2:30 PM
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+1

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | July 15, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Hang in there, Namoff. You always gave us 110% - thank you! The very best of luck to you in pro soccer management if you are not able to make a comeback as a player at some point in the future.

Posted by: Stevenho | July 15, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Boo to this. Glad that they're keeping him in the fold, but we all want Bryan back on the field. He's a good guy and a quality player, and he could really help us out right about now.

Posted by: jsm91 | July 15, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm gonna remember that amazing header from last season, one of his best ever goals. Wish you the best and thanks for beoing a class act and outstanding player Bryan.

Posted by: DCB23 | July 15, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

sad to hear this but it was pretty much expected. glad he will still be working with united. one note for anyone that those few that might not know - josh gros has ended up working in the front office of the philly union.

Posted by: jwgreen40 | July 15, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Lots of good memories, we'll miss his positioning and tenacity. I hope that the symptoms aren't so bad in day-to-day life, and that it's just a "no games" thing.

Good luck, Bryan.

Posted by: eadc | July 15, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Not surprising.

But I don't think I've ever seen a team where, if someone gets a concussion, their career is soon to follow.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 15, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

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