The Portland Timbers-Seattle Sounders rivalry will be the first in the history of soccer* to feature a clash of Eddie Johnsons, as well-traveled American striker and World Cup veteran Eddie Johnson has been acquired by the Sounders via a trade with Montreal, who had claimed him in the allocation process. Johnson was acquired in exchange for forward Mike Fucito and winger (and one-time OT favorite) Lamar Neagle.
Per Steve Goff, Johnson will earn somewhere between $100-$150k for the Sounders with a club option for 2013. Johnson made $875,000 with the Kansas City Sporting-Wizards in 2007. To put that into perspective for the 99 percenters, that’s like going from the U.S. median household income of $50,233 to a salary between $5,741 and $8,611. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
We needn’t rehash the rough ride that Johnson has gone in since 2008 (Fulham-Cardiff City-Aris-Preston North End-MLS-not MLS-Puebla). He has shown to be a useful player when he is comfortable and confident (15 goals in 24 matches in 2007, 5 goals in 16 matches on loan to Aris Thessaloniki in 2010) and a maddening, frustrating player the rest of the time.
Elsewhere, the previously-discussed potential move of Luis Robles has fallen through. After having previously said that Robles was eligible to be acquired via a discovery signing, MLS decided instead that Robles would be subject to the allocation order. It leaves the Red Bulls scrambling with just two unproven keepers in camp three weeks before the MLS season kicks off, and it will undoubtedly launch a new wave of theories that MLS just makes up its player rules as it goes along.
*- I have no clue if this is actually true, but you can’t deny that it’s a fun trivia fact that you can’t wait to use at cocktail parties.
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Howie once received a death threat at a USA-Brazil friendly. He still believes in Fred Adu. He plays forward in coed rec, although not well.