Category: Eddie Johnson

Eddie Johnson, Not Landon Donovan, Is Who Klinsmann Misses Most Right Now

[Scene: September 2018. Living room of Jurgen Klinsman, with the coach and a New York Times reporter present] The United States men’s national team coach sits back in his chair and looks longingly out the window. The reporter begins this interview in the wake of the end of another interesting World Cup, this time in Russia. “Coach,” he begins, “you just finished your second tour as the U.S. national team head coach. Looking back on these past seven years, what is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?” Expecting the coach to talk about how far the U.S. program has come or ... Read more

DC United Gives Eddie Johnson His Designated Player Contract, But is He Worth It?

Eddie Johnson has been given his money. Earlier this week, D.C. United announced that Johnson, acquired over the offseason in a trade with the Seattle Sounders, was given a contract extension that elevates him to Designated Player status. Johnson, who had a fantastic 2013 season for the Sounders in which the forward scored nine goals, was being underpaid in and made it known with his now infamous post-goal “pay me” celebration versus the Columbus Crew. In the past two seasons with the Sounders, Johnson boasted 23 goals and logged nearly 4,000 minutes; he was clearly the best player on a team ... Read more

Top 5 Reasons to be Excited for the Opening Weekend of MLS

MLS returns this Saturday for its 19th season as a top flight league in the United States. There’s plenty to look forward, but here are 5 reasons in particular to be excited about the opening weekend: 1. Michael Bradley — When reports first surfaced on Twitter that Michael Bradley may be heading back to Major League Soccer, there was a nervous excitement. The star central midfielder for the US Men’s National Team, Bradley oozes class on the ball and would be an improvement for every team in the league bar none. The end of his time in Europe may disappoint those ... Read more

Graham Zusi and Eddie Johnson’s Sterling Wide Play Critical to American Success in June

Wingers Graham Zusi and Eddie Johnson both played an important role in the perfect qualifying haul for the United States in June. The United States won all four June matches including a spectacular 4-3 victory in Washington against Germany to celebrate the US Soccer Federation Centennial. While much of the clamoring at the start of the month among US supporters was for a return of Landon Donovan, the exiled one-time poster boy of the game in the states, now the discussion revolves around the quality, commitment and consistency demonstrated recently by Jürgen Klinsmann’s side. Graham Zusi, the Sporting Kansas City ... Read more

Antigua 1-2 US: EJ Bails Out Klinsmann…Or Does He?

As the clock pushed on towards the 90-minute mark on Friday night, most United States Men’s National Team supporters were dreading the worst. A 1-1 scoreline against the weakest team in Group A, yet another disappointing away result for a team that looks the least dangerous it has looked in years, and the odds of an early exit from World Cup Qualifying growing like the team’s infirmary list. Eddie Johnson, #9, in a Qualifier in 2008. Then it happened. What kind of coincidence is it that the two men who have spent the least amount of time with Jurgen Klinsmann ... Read more

Do You Want Eddie Johnson on Your Team?

Many times on this site, I’ve bemoaned that fact that American internationals face hurdles to return to MLS when their career in Europe has either stagnated or are failing to provide them with growth opportunities.  This year there has been a change for the better with players like Charlie Davies, Benny Feilhaber, and Freddy Adu (!) coming home from overseas to gain valuable playing time in the domestic league.  So because of all these successes, the case of Eddie Johnson stands out as an absolute oddity. Steve Goff at The Washington Post goes through the entire affair, but here is ... Read more

Eddie Johnson’s Recall and Other National Team Thoughts (UPDATED)

EJ Taken Down vs Argentina in Copa America/Getty Images MONDAY UPDATE: Most of the national team has arrived here in Miami for Training Camp. I’m personally very excited about having Jonathan Spector back in the fold for the US. depth on the back line is a definite concern going forward. Brad Guzan made his Premier League debut yesterday versus Liverpool. Let’s say it wasn’t an idea circumstance to begin a career: Down 4-0 with your starting keeper Brad Freidel red carded and facing Steven Gerrard on a PK. But following Gerrad’s PK make Guzan solidified himself and made some saves. ... Read more

Eddie Johnson makes Cardiff Debut

Eddie Johnson made his debut with Cardiff City yesterday in a 2-1 League Cup victory over MK Dons who featured Jemal Johnson in the midfield. Both Americans played the full 90 minutes and Eddie Johnson is in the process of getting himself match fit and comfortable at his new club. Cardiff Manager Dave Jones stated ” “We have players here who need time to bed in and Eddie Johnson is one of those, but we will soon see the best of him.” Jones is under pressure with Cardiff City attempting to push promotion. Last season the club reached the FA ... Read more