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Wizards Face Fight to Keep EJ

eddiejohnson 764731 Wizards Face Fight to Keep EJ

In spite of almost constant criticism of his performance on the international level, Eddie Johnson seems to be attracting lots of interest from clubs in Europe. This has been an almost annual battle that Kansas City has faced since Johnson was traded from FC Dallas in 2005. That year a $6 million offer from Benfica was rejected and last season an offer from Real Sociedad was also rejected. Now it is recently promoted Derby County of the EPL who have offerred roughly $6 million for Johnson.
Kansas City and Major League Soccer cannot continue to stand in Johnson’s way. A sale to any European club would probably help Johnson develop the aggressiveness that is lacking in his game at the international level. In addition, now that David Beckham has arrived in the US, players such as Johnson, and Freddy Adu which had previously been guarded at all costs by MLS for marketing purposes may have less value now to MLS. Let’s hope so for the sake of the US National Team.

About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC. View all posts by Kartik Krishnaiyer →

6 Responses to Wizards Face Fight to Keep EJ

  1. Soccer Guru says:

    MLS, please free Eddie to become a world class striker!

  2. Soccer Guru says:

    MLS, please free Eddie to become a world class striker!

  3. Allen says:

    It's time for the MLS & KC to take that money and run. A player can only get so good playing in the MLS. They're unlikely to be offered much more money than this for EJ. If anything, interest may drop as he gets older or sustains an injury. And with the money they're spending on having EJ around, KC should be able to bring in a nice DP to replace him.

  4. cesba says:

    Derby County has said that the interest in EJ was not true at this point. KC may not have an actual offer on the table at the moment.

  5. Allen says:

    It’s time for the MLS & KC to take that money and run. A player can only get so good playing in the MLS. They’re unlikely to be offered much more money than this for EJ. If anything, interest may drop as he gets older or sustains an injury. And with the money they’re spending on having EJ around, KC should be able to bring in a nice DP to replace him.

  6. cesba says:

    Derby County has said that the interest in EJ was not true at this point. KC may not have an actual offer on the table at the moment.

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