Edward "Eddie" Johnson
(born March 31, 1984) is an American soccer
player who is currently a striker
and free agent
. He also plays for the United States national team
Beginning of Career and Dallas
Johnson became one of the youngest players to sign with Major League Soccer
(MLS), 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.
In January 2005, Benfica
offered what would have been an MLS-record $5 million transfer fee
for Johnson, but Johnson and the league both rejected the offer.
In May 2005, Johnson suffered an injury to the toes of his right foot that sidelined him until August of that year. After returning to MLS in August – he scored only five goals during the season – Johnson re-injured his toes in mid-September and was sidelined until January 2006.
Kansas City Wizards
With Dallas in salary cap
trouble, Johnson was traded to the Kansas City Wizards on February 14, 2006, for two allocations
.ced that Johnson would be training with Premier League
during the MLS offseason
, but he did not sign with the club.
In 2006 and early 2007, Johnson suffered a decline in form,... Read More