DCU tries to take positives from a long season
The most storied franchise in Major League Soccer history just added another big name.
Former Seattle Sounder FC and current United States Men’s National Team forward Eddie Johnson has agreed to a deal with DCU, the team announced on Tuesday. Johnson, 29, scored nine goals in 21 games in 2013 with Seattle. He joins United in exchange for allocation money.
“Eddie is coming off a terrific year with Seattle and the U.S. National Team, and we are very pleased to have acquired him,” D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper said in a press release. “He is one of the most dangerous attacking players in MLS, and we believe he will be an important contributor to our team.”
Johnson played in 15 matches with the USMNT in 2013 and scored five goals, including scores against Panama and Mexico, and in the Gold Cup. In his national team career, Johnson has 59 appearances with 19 goals.
The 6-feet, 180 pound forward hails from Daytona Beach, Fl. and was originally drafted by the Dallas Burn. He later made ten appearances for Fulham in Europe from 2010-11.
“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,” Johnson said.
Johnson played with DCU head coach Ben Olsen in the 2006 World Cup in Germany and also played for him in the 2012 MLS All-Star Game. Olsen selected Johnson for the team and watched him score the game-winning goal against Chelsea F.C.