A fantastic inside look at how Eddie's time with the Sounders has gone--what motivates him and has kept him in the starting 11. Having had the pleasure of meeting EJ, I can say that Brian Straus's take is same is mine: The EJ7 you think you knew from all the media before is not the same as the one the Sounders have now.
And if you needed a higher endorsement here's what Brad Evans had to say: "He put his head down and worked form day one. Extra fitness with (fitness coach Dave Tenney), extra everything. He really wanted to battle and earn his place in the lineup. He had the right state of mind and still does."