Frank Simek

frank-simek-carlisle-unitedCurrent Club: Released 29 April by Carlisle United
High School: SLUH Jr Billikens
Club: Metro United (now St Louis Scott Gallagher)

Born: October 13, 1984 (age 27), St. Louis
Height: 5′ 1″ (1.55 m)
Position: Defender

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But it still feels right to salute a popular player and decent man; one Greg Abbott famously said was “the type you’d be happy for your daughter to bring home”, and one who gave Carlisle some genuinely strong service, before the collective rot set in.

1 May 2013 – Contract Loophole allowed Carlisle United to Let Frank Simek Go

29 April 2013 – Frank Simek among seven released by Carlisle United

5 July 2012 – Radio Cumbria Interview
3 July 2012 – Simek Renews Contract with Carlisle United

Simek, who has five caps for the USA and narrowly missed out on a place in Bob Bradley’s World Cup squad, signed a two-year deal at Brunton Park on the first day of pre-season training.

He made his international debut against Guatemala in March 2007 and was called into the USA squad for a friendly against Holland in March this year.

1 May – There was a period in the first stages of his Carlisle career when Simek, who played 123 games with United, seemed to pursue Weston like a ghost, winning all their individual battles in the league and then, emphatically, in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final at Wembley in 2011 – a match he nominates as his best Blues memory.

“The build-up, the game and the night after were fantastic,” he recalls. “I had seven of my family members over and being with all the team and families in the hotel, having a good time, all of that was definitely the highlight.”

Especially in his first campaign, when he started and finished all but one match, he achieved high popularity and a good ranking in United’s growing list of overseas players. Injuries then disrupted his flow. This season just gone, especially in Carlisle’s dreadful autumn, it was sometimes uncomfortable to see such a diligent pro struggling against the tide, not seeming to move quite as fluently as he once did.

Simek signed for Carlisle United on a 2 year contract and joined the squad on 1 July 2010. Since then he has been the solid right back that Carlisle had been searching for in recent years, earning the captains arm band on several occasions.

01 July 2010 – Carlisle United today signed American international defender Frank Simek as manager Greg Abbott ended his search for a replacement for cult hero Richard Keogh.

The tough-tackling 25-year-old has joined the Cumbrians on a free transfer after being released by Sheffield Wednesday at the end of last season.

Simek made 130 appearances in five seasons with Wednesday and was a first-team regular for his first two-and-a-half seasons at Hillsborough, when his performances attracted the attention of Premier League clubs.

From Wikipedia – Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Simek played football as a child in the United States, but did not think of the game as a career until his family moved to London after his father was assigned to a position at the English office of Anheuser-Busch when Frank was 12. He was signed by Arsenal to a development contract, but decided to move back to St. Louis, where he played at Saint Louis University High School, as well as Metro F.C., then under the direction of Dave Fernandez and Dale Schilly. However, during this time Arsenal called him back to play on the youth team.

While at Arsenal he rose to assume the captaincy of the reserve side, but had difficulty breaking into the first team; he found himself behind Lauren, Kolo Touré, Emmanuel Eboué and Justin Hoyte in the pecking order. He played a single match for Arsenal, in the League Cup against Wolverhampton Wanderers on December 2, 2003.

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