The writing was on the wall a few weeks ago when Seattle Sounders FC made midfielder Osvaldo Alonso one of their designated players. Their intentions became more clear last week when they traded with FC Dallas for physical forward Kenny Cooper. Eddie Johnson would have to go.
Today, the MLS club sent its leading scorer over the past two seasons to D.C. United in exchange for allocation money. Those dollars can be used to shore up other crucial areas of the team.
“Eddie was a valuable part of our team the last two seasons,” said Owner/GM Adrian Hanauer. “Eddie is a tremendous player who gave us some wonderful moments. We wish him the best in D.C.”
While the 29-year-old Johnson resurrected his professional soccer career in Seattle, he made no secret he wanted a big raise, especially after the Sounders shelled huge dollars to sign U.S. National Team captain Clint Dempsey.
Television microphones caught Johnson yelling “pay me” after scoring a goal. He also had well publicized disagreements late in the season with head coach Sigi Schmid.
Johnson made 65 appearances in all competitions for Seattle, and ranks second in club history with 8 game-winning goals. In 2012 he earned his third MLS All Star selection and was named the league’s comeback player of the year.
Sounders FC have been to the playoffs in each of their five seasons, but fallen short of reaching their stated goal of winning MLS Cup. The club has made many dramatic moves in this off-season, including the acquisitions of new goalkeeper Stefan Frei, and defender Chad Marshall.
Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
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