[MLS 2014 COUNTDOWN]
D.C. United and Toronto FC, last and next to last in the Eastern Conference, respectively, continued their rebuilding efforts with the
acquisition of U.S. internationals. D.C. concluded the much-anticipated deal for Eddie Johnson
, acquired from Seattle, while Toronto picked up defender Justin Morrow
from San Jose.
Both clubs received allocation money for not making the playoffs, and it was used in both transactions.
seasons with Seattle, Johnson scored 23 goals -- one more than D.C. United scored in the entire 2013 season. It had no player score more than three goals. Johnson is expected to make the U.S. World
Cup roster, which would keep him out of action for at least 3-4 weeks, in addition to the two weeks that MLS will be off for the World Cup.
D.C. United also selected Sean Franklin
and Bobby Boswell
in the Re-Entry Draft and acquired Davy Arnaud
Morrow, who debuted for the USA in January, lost
his starting job at San Jose to Englishman Jordan Stewart
He is the third acquisition by Toronto FC, which also traded for Jackson
from FC Dallas and signed Brazilian DP Gilberto