By now you have probably seen the celebration. Eddie Johnson rubbing his fingers together saying "Pay Me," after nodding in a header off a Mauro Rosales free-kick. If you have been following Johnson at all over the past month, the celebration wasn’t a surprise. Johnson has been actively expressing his disdain of his current salary, but does he have a point?
Johnson has had superb production during his time in Seattle. Last night in Columbus, he tied Obafemi Martins for most goals scored in 2013 by a Sounder, and he has consistently come through with goals in important games. He is now a regular on the USMNT, where he has been positively contributing in World Cup Qualifying. He is also being paid a mere 150,000 dollars this year.
While Johnson certainly deserves a raise, his methods are abrasive. For example, take a look at some of his recent retweets.
@eddie_johnson7 How does it feel to be thrown in with a bunch of DPs - without the DP paycheck?— Ted Westervelt (@soccerreform) August 3, 2013
Johnson is very public in stating the fact he wants to be paid. and he shows it with his performances. But after the game is over, his opinions are aired across twitter, to the annoyance of many Sounders fans.
Another nugget of Eddie Johnson drama happened last night after he was substituted for Djimi Traoré in the 61st Minute. As he makes his way to the bench, it looks as if he snubs Sigi Schmid by avoiding a handshake. See the video here, posted on Instagram by SonarRiley.
Is the drama surrounding Johnson worth his production on the field? Sounders fans have varying opinions. Some people believe that Johnson can continue his antics, as long as he continues the production. Others think it is something that needs to be dealt with. Whatever happens, Johnson’s future with the Sounders will be a definite question going in to 2014.