Vancouver FC and midfielder Elliot Simmons part ways

Vancouver FC announced on Tuesday that midfielder Elliot Simmons has departed the club on mutual terms. 

“On behalf of everyone at VFC, we would like to thank Elliot for all of his contributions to the club over our historic first season,” said VFC Head Coach Afshin Ghotbi.

Simmons, 26, was the second signing to Vancouver’s inaugural roster following Captain and goalkeeper Callum Irving in January 2023. The Canadian-English midfielder made 25 appearances and registered one assist in the CPL regular season play while also making one appearance in Vancouver’s lone Canadian Championship game in 2023.

“Elliot was a key feature in our midfield with his work ethic, passion, and experience in the CPL bringing a positive impact everyday,” said Ghotbi.

Simmons began his Canadian Premier League (CPL) career as one of the founding players by representing Halifax Wanderers FC in 2019. After the League’s inaugural season, Simmons moved to Cavalry FC where he played from 2020 to 2022 and amassed 65 appearances.

In Vancouver’s derby match on Aug. 19, 2023 against Pacific FC, Simmons made his 100th career CPL appearance across all competitions to join the Centurion Club and become the first Eagle to do so. 

Simmons had yet to make an appearance for Vancouver in 2024 and has since returned to England, U.K., to be with his family.

“We wish Elliot all the best for his family and his future endeavours,” said Ghotbi.