Continuing what has to be one of the more remarkable comebacks in United States national team history, Eddie Johnson will once against start in a highly important match. By getting the nod against Honduras on Wednesday, the Seattle Sounders forward will start his third straight qualifier for Jurgen Klinsmann.
At this time a year ago, Johnson was out of work after being cut by Puebla. That essentially forced him to accept a low-ball offer from MLS, which eventually led to him landing in Seattle. Following a breakout season that saw him lead the Sounders with 13 league goals, he was called back into the team for a pair of qualifiers in October.
Johnson responded to his return to the national team by scoring a pair of goals against Antigua and Barbuda and picking up an assist against Guatemala.
Johnson has seen a fair amount of success in previous qualifiers. He now has 10 goals in qualifiers, which ties him for second in U.S. history behind Brian McBride.