BY MARISA PILLA
D.C. United has been hard at work this offseason trying to bury the disappointment that came with an inferior showing in 2013. One of their biggest moves was acquiring star forward Eddie Johnson from the Seattle Sounders in December. United officially invested in their new star on Thursday by singing him to a Designated Player contract, making him the club's highest paid player.
The terms of the contract have not yet been officially disclosed but according to the Washington Post, Johnson is set to receive $650,000 this season and his contract is guaranteed for two years. If correct, this would be a huge promotion for the forward who was paid a base salary of $150,000 last season with Seattle.
Johnson had a fantastic 2013 season, scoring nine goals for the Sounders. In his past two seasons in Seattle he boasted 23 total goals and logged almost 4,000 minutes. It was obvious, however that Johnson wanted more compensation for his talents on the field, which he made evident in his now infamous post-goal "pay me" celebration vs the Columbus Crew.
The Black and Red are set to open their 2014 season against the Crew on Saturday with Johnson as the cornerstone to their revamped squad. And if Johnson scores in his regular season debut, one can only hope he has a new celebration fitting for his monstrous contract.