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Philadelphia Union sign Jay Simpson

The English striker rumors are true as Leyton Orient's Jay Simpson completes a move to Philadelphia

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The Philadelphia Union announced the signing of English striker Jay Simpson from England's League 2 side Leyton Orient earlier this afternoon. The 28 year old will occupy an international slot on the team, and has played a majority of his career in England's top leagues.

Simpson started his career belonging to his youth club Arsenal, however was loaned to a number of Championship flight teams during his contract with the EPL giants. He would be transferred to Hull City for three years, playing on loan at Millwall for one of those years. Since his time at Hull, he has played in Thailand with Buriram United but has been with Leyton Orient since 2014.

Simpson has recorded 69 goals in 295 games, scoring 33 for Leyton Orient in 87 games. The addition of Jay Simpson adds much more depth to the Union's striker situation, making this a much needed acquisition. It does remain to be seen however just how he fits into the Union's scheme, with strikers CJ Sapong and Charlie Davies in the mix.

Update 3:30 PM Eastern: Leyton Orient is reporting Simpson's deal is for two and a half years, meaning he'll be with the Union through at least the 2019 MLS season.

Updated 3:47 PM Eastern:The Leyton Orient article now clarifies Simpson is ending a two and a half year stay with the club.