WASHINGTON, December 18, 2013 — After shoring up its backline in recent post-season trades, D.C. United has finally added a top-notch striker to its roster. In a surprise move, the club has signed former Seattle Sounder FC and U.S. team forward Eddie Johnson in exchange for allocation money.
Johnson, 29, has been a proven goal scorer with Seattle and the U.S. team. Based on his recent form with the American team, Johnson will likely be one of the strikers U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann will take to the 2014 World Cup.
The well-traveled Johnson, scored nine goals at Seattle last season. In two seasons with the team, he notched an impressive 23 goals in 48 games. More importantly, he played 15 times for the U.S. team in 2013, scoring five times. In his career, he has played 59 times for the U.S. team and scored an impressive 19 goals. Johnson is eighth on the list of all-time goal scorers with the U.S. team.
United managed just 22 goals in 2013, the worst of any team. No player scored more than three goals.
“Eddie is coming off a terrific year with Seattle and the U.S. national team, and we are very pleased to have acquired him,” said D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper. “He is one of the most dangerous attacking players in MLS, and we believe he will be an important contributor to our team.”
Johnson began his Major League Soccer career with the Dallas Burn in 2001 and later moved to the Kansas City Wizard where in 2007 he scored 15 goals. He was then signed by Fulham F.C. of the English Premier League from 2007-2008. Life overseas was nice and easy for the Florida-native and he was loaned out to a number of clubs, including Cardiff City, Aris FC in the Greek Super League and Preston North End.
He returned to MLS in 2012 and played for the Sounders scoring 14 goals in 28 games. Last season the Sounders went through a turbulent year and Johnson, the club’s leading goal scorer, clearly felt under appreciated after the club signed American ace Clint Dempsey for a record salary of $5 million a year.
“I’m excited with this move to the most storied franchise in MLS, and I look forward to getting started with my new D.C. United teammates,” said Johnson.
John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times for 20 years. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.
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