DURHAM, N.C. – Another top 100 signee and one of the nation’s best midfielders is headed for Durham in 2018, as head coach Robbie Church announced the signing of 68th-ranked Sydney Simmons.
Simmons heads to Bull City via Van Alstyne, Texas and has had success across the board, highlighted by her participation in U-14, U-16 and U-18 U.S. Soccer National Team training camps. Simmons was also selected by Generation Adidas to train in Frankfurt, Germany, in 2016.
A member of Solar Chelsea DA U19G, Simmons is a three-time ECNL Conference Champion. She also led her side to U.S. Youth Soccer state and regional titles in 2013-14 and was a national qualifier while also making the top 10 scorers list at regionals and nationals. Simmons’ leadership was key in her club becoming a national qualifier in 2014-15 (third place) and 2015-16 (fourth place) as well.
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Sydney Simmons | Midfielder | Van Alstyne, Texas (Van Alstyne HS)
Robbie Church on Sydney Simmons: “Sydney comes out of the Solar club in Dallas, Texas, one of the top clubs in the country. What I love about Sydney is her consistency. Every time you go see her play she’s always one of the top players on the field. We look at her playing in the midfield and starting out as the holding midfielder. She’s very good in the air, can connect passes, makes quick decisions and can change the point of attack as well. We’re very excited about Sydney coming in and joining our program. She has a lot of talent and we can’t wait to see her develop on the field over the next four years.”
Sydney Simmons on Joining Duke: “On my visit, I fell in love with the campus and all of the opportunities the school has to offer. Ultimately, I chose Duke because it is one of few top tier colleges that are able to offer the best of both worlds, being an academic and athletic powerhouse.
National Team Experience: Participated in U.S. U-14, U-16 and U-18 National Team training camps.
High School: Ranked 68th in the TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Top 150 … Named the 25th-best midfielder in the country … Landed on the Van Alstyne High School Academic Honor Roll all four years … VAHS Student Council Vice President every year of her high school career … Served as the National Honor Society Secretary her senior year … Also starred on the tennis court, playing mixed doubles in 2016 and 2017 and twice qualifying for District and Regional Championships while qualifying for the State Championship in 2016 and earning MVP honors.
Club: Played for Solar Chelsea DA U19G and head coach Adrian Solca … Named one of the top 11 players at the ECNL National Training Camp in 2016 … Selected by Generation Adidas to train in Frankfurt, Germany in 2016 … Three-time ECNL Conference Champion (2014-15, 2015-16 & 2016-17) … U.S. Youth Soccer playoff qualifier in 2016-17 season … U.S. Youth Soccer National Qualifier twice from 2014-16, finishing third in 2014-15 and fourth in 2015-16 … U.S. Youth Soccer State and Regional Champion in 2013-14, as well as a National Qualifier … Made the top 10 scorers list at regionals and nationals that season.
Personal: Born Sydney Nicole Simmons on Feb. 23, 2000 in Sedalia, Mo. … Daughter of Kent and Kristin Simmons … Has two sisters, Chelseigh (25) and Carleigh (20) … Her sister Carleigh plays soccer at University of Texas at El Paso and is currently a junior.