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Eddie Johnson returning to MLS
August 16th, 2011 12:10PM

TAGS:  chivas usa, fc dallas, kansas city wizards, men's national team, mls


[MLS] After a failed attempt to find a new club overseas, former Kansas City and FC Dallas striker Eddie Johnson, who played for the USA at the 2006 World Cup, is coming back to MLS.

Johnson's adventure overseas began in January 2008 with a 3 million-pound (about $5.85 million) transfer to Fulham. Loan spells to Cardiff City, Aris and Preston North End failed to advance his career, and his contract with Fulham expired last June. He played league 18 matches for Fulham without scoring a goal.

Johnson, 27, scored 24 goals in 84 g ames for FC Dallas (2001-2005) and 17 goals in 43 games for Kansas City (2006-2007) before signing with Fulham. He scored 12 goals in 42 games for the USA following his debut in 2004.

Johnson's rights will be assigned by the allocation process, which is used for current and past U.S. national team players. His salary hasn't been disclosed.

The allocation order is: Chivas USA, Houston, Toronto, Chicago, Sporting Kansas City,Seattle, Columbus, New York, Real Salt Lake, San Jose, Los Angeles, Dallas, Colorado, Vancouver, Portland, D.C. United, New England, Philadelphia.

  1. Gak Foodsource
    commented on: August 17, 2011 at 9:28 p.m.
    Eddie Johnson was never any good. He was fast, and he was big. If they are young, European teams take free flyers on those guys all day long. Fulham didnt think Johnson was any good, nor did Villareal think Altidore was any good, or Milan think Onyewu would cut it. All those guys cost virtually nothing, and if after a year or two the club could make them into a 5 million dollar transfer, then the club made 5 million. I don't hold it against the players. And it only embarasses American players because those are the only ones we export. I agree with you Ric, these guys are absolutely indentured servants and victims to agents and clubs. I will root for Johnson and Adu - they havent had it easy.
  1. matt blue
    commented on: August 18, 2011 at 5:53 a.m.
    As a Cardiff City fan, i wish Eddie all the best. He does come across as a genuine nice guy. He was never worth the 3 million-pound ($5.85 million) Fulham paid for him. when he arrived at cardiff he looked as if he had never played the game before ( we know he had ), he left cardiff as a much better player and looked equipped to play lower league football. Good luck Eddie and i an proud to say " i saw Eddie score "

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