Eddie Johnson revived his career with Sounders FC, scoring a franchise-record 14 goals. He says he can't wait to start the 2013 season.
Moments after Sounders FC’s season-ending playoff defeat to the Los Angeles Galaxy, Eddie Johnson wasn’t ready for soccer to be over.
“I had eight months off before this season, so I don’t really want a break,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of soccer left in me.”
Johnson could be forgiven for feeling that way. In 2012, the 28-year-old had one of the great career revivals in American soccer.
To start the year, Johnson had been without a team since spring 2011, and a move to Mexico’s Puebla FC had just fallen through. This all came on the heels of four tough seasons in Europe, where Johnson bounced around on loan.
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Fortunes changed when the maligned forward signed with MLS in February and was acquired by Seattle in a trade.
Some Sounders fans jeered the move, but Johnson quieted his critics. His 14 goals set a franchise record for a season. He scored a dramatic winner in the MLS All-Star Game against Chelsea FC. He also made a heroic return to the U.S. national team and helped World Cup qualifying hopes with two vital goals at Antigua & Barbuda.
The Sounders have exercised their option on Johnson’s contract for 2013, and the forward is reportedly due $150,000.
“Coming in and being the new guy is difficult,” Johnson said. “Sometimes it takes you a season to adapt … but we had a good group of guys, and they have been spot on with me from Day 1. It was a pleasure to work with these guys, and I look forward to it next season.”