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Player Profile: Eddie Johnson

A lot of people had given up on Eddie Johnson. Eddie didn't, nor did the staff with the Sounders. Because of that and the effort he put forward he was the Comeback Player of the Year and your second most important player of 2012.


The story of Eddie Johnson is long. It is told in many places. It is also a story of character development in the literary sense. He rose, he fell, he rose again to greater heights. Is he at the climax? Maybe not, but this is the best Eddie Johnson ever.

#2 - Eddie Johnson (Nickname: GAM)
National Affiliation USA Age 28
Years Pro 12 Years Sounder 1
Position Forward Role Target Forward, Left Wing?
MLS (+Playoff) Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
31 26 2325 15 3 1.28
Non-League Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
7 4 371 2 0 0.97
Reserve Stats
Apps Starts Mins G A PP90
1 1 46 0 0 0.0
Advanced Stats
Off Pass % Team
Net Shot Rate Team
Net Duel Rate Team
66.5 4th 0.90 8th -2.46 21st

In his revival Johnson worked his way back to the United States National Team, became a different type of player and put in the training ground work he once was reported to lack. There were still reports of locker room squabbles. His twitter account can be a retweet fest of those that adore him or want him on their team in England, but the fact of the matter is, on the field Johnson had one of the best single seasons of any MLS Sounder in this short history.

Skills on offense: EJ 2.0 is a target man that still has fancy foot skills. He does a vast majority of his work inside the penalty area getting as close to the net as possible. He can leap out of the building (to borrow from basketball talk), and is still both quick and fast. He also has the strength to body with the largest of centerbacks. His passing is more than adequate and can even be creative in tight spaces. In fact his passing and speed were good enough that he played at the left wing for the USA.

Skills on defense: He's fast and strong, but not a tackler. It just isn't part of his game. If there is low hanging fruit to improve in his current skill-set it would be defending set-pieces. But, like many classic target forwards defense is far from a strong point.

Best Case 2013: EJ just needs minor improvements and he should be the starter for the USMNT and again an All Star.

2012 Player Profiles
1 ?? (who could it be?) 2 Eddie Johnson
3 Michael Gspurning 4 Fredy Montero
5 Mauro Rosales 6 Jeff Parke
7 Brad Evans 8 Christian Tiffert
9 Jhon Kennedy Hurtado 10 Leo Gonzalez
11 Adam Johansson 12 David Estrada
13 Zach Scott 14 Patrick Ianni
15 Andy Rose 16 Marc Burch
17 Alex Caskey 18 Mario Martinez
19 Steve Zakuani 20 Sammy Ochoa
21 Alvaro Fernandez 22 Servando Carrasco
23 Cordell Cato 24 Roger Levesque
25 Bryan Meredith 26 Mike Seamon
27 Marcus Hahnemann 28 Andrew Weber
29 Josh Ford 30 Christian Sivebaek
31 Andrew Duran 32 Daniel Steres
33 Michael Tetteh 34 Babayele Sodade

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