Two days after Eddie Johnson was told to stay away from Seattle Sounders training, the forward was back and even seemed to think he was going to play against the LA Galaxy on Sunday. Will he? We obviously won't know for sure until the lineups come out, but Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid didn't seem to be holding any lasting ill-fillings toward his leading scorer when he talked to the media on Friday.
"It was a one-day thing," Schmid said. "We talked, we resolved and we move forward. It's like families. In families, sometimes you disagree and you move on."
Johnson, too, was taking the nothing-to-see-here-folks approach, suggesting that his time away was more about a chance to clear his head. He attributed his frustrations mostly to a lingering hamstring injury that forced him to leave the United States national team camp before playing a game and then causing him to miss games against the Portland Timbers and FC Dallas.
"It's just something where the best thing for me is to take the day off," he said. "Being frustrated, you don't want to get out on the field, you don't want to push it more, set yourself back. With another day of rest and a harder training session today was the plan. I felt good today and I look forward to Sunday."
Everyone is saying all the right things. We have no idea if it's the absolute truth or not. At the very least, the Sounders are trying to put whatever happened behind them and whatever happened doesn't seem to have been a big enough deal to get Johnson permanently kicked off the team.
So, here's what I'm proposing: Let's hold off on making predictions or judgements about Johnson's future until the end of the season? Obviously, cheer his exploits, deride his mistakes, but it would be great if we can leave everything that we've said on that nearly 600-comment thread from the other day over on that thread. Sound like something we can do?