Former player sues DC United over concussion

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


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