DC United Made Mistake Trading with Seattle Sounders for Eddie Johnson

Eddie Johnson

courtesy DC United Facebook Page

I normally try to do my best and refrain from talking negatively about a player or a team, but for this article I am not able to do that. DC United made a mistake in trading for Eddie Johnson.

Eddie Johnson is an extremely talented player. The problem is he becomes that player when he wants. Johnson became one of the youngest players to sign with Major League Soccer, and was drafted by Dallas Burn as a Project-40 player in the second round of the 2001 MLS SuperDraft. In his first three years in the league, he did not get much playing time, and was very inconsistent when he did get on the field. Johnson scored just seven goals for Dallas in those seasons, while missing time with U.S. youth national teams.

Here is something that you may not know. In January 2005, Benfica offered what would have been an MLS record $5 million transfer fee for Johnson, but both Johnson and the league rejected the offer. He was eventually traded to the Kansas City Wizards after the 2005 season due to salary cap issues in Dallas. While in Kansas City, he appeared in 43 matches and scored 17 goals.

After the 2007 season until the beginning of the 2012 MLS season, Johnson bounced around Europe playing for a number of different clubs.

In February of 2012, Johnson signed with MLS and was selected by the Montreal Impact via the allocation process. After he signed he was immediately traded to the Seattle Sounders for Lamar Neagle and Mike Fucito.

During the 2012 season he scored 14 goals, 9 with his head and led the Sounders in scoring. He was named player of the week twice and was also a 2012 All-Star selection and scored the winning goal against Chelsea at PPL Park. For his performance throughout the season, Johnson was named “Comeback Player of the Year” in MLS for the 2012 season.

The 2013 season was the beginning of the end for Johnson in Seattle. He scored only 9 goals that season and had his infamous “Pay Me” gesture after scoring the game winning goal against the Columbus Crew. There were rumors that there was fighting amongst the team in the locker room and that he was a “cancer” to the team.

A player should be paid what he is worth but the moment he did his “Pay Me” gesture and ignored celebrating with the team, I lost all respect for him. I was extremely glad he was traded in the offseason to DC United for allocation money. So far it seems Seattle got the better end of the Johnson deal.

It took Johnson over two months to score his first goal for DC United on May 17th. He has only scored four goals and two assists this season for United and has openly criticized his teammates in an interview. He just recently finished serving a two-game suspension for kicking the ball at a player that was lying on the ground.

DC United seems to play better when he is not on the field. If Johnson does not get the ball or type of service he wants, he throws a fit. I’ve seen it time and time again in Seattle. He also doesn’t always hustle to the ball or gives up to early. I know a striker needs to conserve his or her energy for the full 90 minutes. but I would have like to see him give more effort while he was in Seattle. I’m seeing the same amount of “effort” he gave Seattle is the same amount he’s giving D.C.

United made Johnson a designated player in the offseason, so Johnson is getting the money he thought he rightly deserved. I would highly suggest United cuts ties with Eddie Johnson at season’s end before he causes more problems in United’s locker room and on the field.

Chris Blakely is the Lead Writer/Editor for StoppageTimeSoccer. You can follow him on Twitter @TheRealCBlakely, like him on Facebook or add him to your Google circles.

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