There is no doubt that Eddie Johnson is doing things he never did before his time with Seattle Sounders FC. He's on his way to Brazil for World Cup 2014. He has 27 goals and 6 assists in 62 matches for club and country over the year and half since he returned from the hinterlands.
Jurgen Klinsmann likes what he saw from EJ in the Gold Cup.
"We got Eddie into this group and suddenly he's right on focus and he's ready to deliver to the group," the United States coach told USSoccer.com "Not only scoring a goal, but to make those runs and hold the ball, to occupy the opponent's defense and do a lot of work. He's done a tremendous job."
He thinks that the Grown Ass Man has himself four to six more years of top level play left. It is easy to forget that despite his long career, he is only 29 and while the 2018 World Cup is out of reach, Johnson has another decent contract in front of him.
There's just one thing Jurgen wants from Eddie - consistency with the Sounders.
"What we expect now is for him to go to Seattle and improve there too. Be there for (Seattle head coach) Sigi (Schmid) and the Sounders and make things happen before you come back to the next world Cup Qualifiers with Costa Rica and Mexico," Klinsmann expanded. "Become consistent, look after yourself, and look after your body. Just really focus and become that athlete that you can be."
Klinsmann seems to agree with one popular Sounders' fan narrative (inconsistent MLS play), while disagreeing with another (hold up play).
Makes you wonder - 22 goals in 51 competitive matches for the club is not considered consistent enough for Jurgen. Sure, he probably uses more than simple goals per game metrics, but he wants goals from forwards. It's time for Eddie to give Jurgen what Jurgen wants Rave Green goals with fire.