Skip to content

Seattle Sounders Eddie Johnson an “old man” at 28

Feb 15, 2013, 10:20 AM EST

Guatemala v United States - World Cup Qualifier Getty Images

TUCSON, Ariz. – I had a few minutes to chat with Eddie Johnson yesterday at the Kino Sports Complex, where the ongoing Desert Diamond Cup approaches its second day of matches Saturday.

We had a good chat about U.S. national team matters and about his place with the Seattle Sounders. Remember, at this time last year the man’s career was seriously on the skids; we might have all reasonably concluded that Johnson’s time as a pro was kaput before that profound career resurrection in Seattle. We talked about some times back in the day; I first covered Johnson when he was 17 years old, the youngest every to score in MLS at the time.

As we chatted, Johnson kept saying things like “at my age” and “as an older player.” Meanwhile I’m thinking, “He’s 28!”

So I teased him about being an “old man” and how I was older than 28 when I first got to know him. (If I was already an old man then, and he’s an old man now … I don’t want to think about what that makes me today!)

But then I thought about it a second. Johnson (his MLS career stats are here) scored his first goal in 2001. If we started looking around for MLS men still passing and trapping who scored pre 9/11 goals, it’s going to be a mighty short list.

Johnson is entering his 13th professional season. His career has now wandered through four countries. (Five if you include last year’s failed trial in Mexico.) The guy does have a lot of wear on the tires. So many talented players cannot squeeze 12 or more years from their professional career.

So as he talks about his goals for 2013, there’s a healthy base of knowledge helping to create those targets.

Johnson stopped short of saying he would score 20 goals this year – which is a pretty shrewd way to say it. He wants 20 goals, and he truly appreciates how much faith Sigi Schmid and the Sounders have placed in him by loaning out Fredy Montero, entrusting that Johnson, a young strike partner and that stacked-and-packed Sounders midfield can provide goals in ample supply.

“I just want to do better than I did last year. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to score 20 goals,” Johnson said. “I feel like, with the players around me, the environment I’m in week-in and week-out, and most importantly staying healthy … I think 20 goals is doable. But it’s not going to be easy.”

Johnson went on to talk about an ever-improving league, about how different clubs approach matches and how that all ties into the difficulty of scoring 20 goals over a season.

All the marks of a man who has seen a lot over his long career.

Latest Posts
  1. Swansea’s Bafetimbi Gomis stretchered off the pitch after appearing to collapse

    Mar 4, 2015, 3:09 PM EST

    Gomis Getty Images

    Swansea’s French striker carried off the pitch after appearing to collapse at White Hart Lane.

  2. Agent says Dani Alves “in advanced talks” with other club

    Mar 4, 2015, 3:07 PM EST

    463262876 Getty Images

    Dani Alves is all but out at Barcelona, but where will the Brazilian back end up?

  3. Watch Live: Liverpool vs. Burnley (Lineups and Live Stream)

    Mar 4, 2015, 2:28 PM EST

    Burnley v Liverpool - Premier League Getty Images

    The Reds are unbeaten in their last 11 league matches, a run they will look to continue against a Burnley side sitting in the drop zone.

  4. Watch Live: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Swansea City (Lineups and Live Stream)

    Mar 4, 2015, 2:16 PM EST

    Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Getty Images

    Only one spot separates the two sides on the table, giving every point some added value at White Hart Lane.

  5. Watch Live: Stoke City vs. Everton (Lineups and Live Stream)

    Mar 4, 2015, 2:15 PM EST

    FBL-ENG-PR-EVERTON-QPR FBL-ENG-PR-EVERTON-QPR

    Who will win the battle of the USMNTers. Geoff Cameron or Tim Howard?

  6. Watch Live: Manchester City vs. Leicester City (Lineups and Live Stream)

    Mar 4, 2015, 2:07 PM EST

    Kompany Getty Images

    Can the Citizens keep their faint title hopes alive? Watch live online, here.

  7. Watch Live: Queens Park Rangers vs. Arsenal (Lineups and Live Stream)

    Mar 4, 2015, 2:04 PM EST

    Arsenal v Queens Park Rangers - Premier League Getty Images

    It’s a top-three vs. bottom-three battle as the Gunners travel to Loftus Road to face a QPR side fighting for Premier League survival.

  8. Watch Live: West Ham United vs. Chelsea (Lineups and Live Stream)

    Mar 4, 2015, 2:01 PM EST

    Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur - Capital One Cup Final Getty Images

    A ding-dong London derby at Upton Park. Can the Hammers derail Chelsea’s title charge? Watch live online, here.

  9. Watch Live: Newcastle United vs. Manchester United (Lineups and Live Stream)

    Mar 4, 2015, 1:55 PM EST

    Manchester United v Newcastle United - Premier League Getty Images

    Can Manchester United keep pace in the top-four, or will the Magpies play spoiler at St. James’ Park?

  10. Sherwood says Villa’s win over West Brom is better than hitting the lottery

    Mar 4, 2015, 1:04 PM EST

    465175576 Getty Images

    “My missus said to me she had done the Euro lottery – a £54m jackpot – but I said I’d take three points all day.”

  11. 2015 MLS season preview: Sporting Kansas City

    Mar 4, 2015, 1:00 PM EST

    Sporting KC logo

    Re-tooled, re-loaded and deeper than ever before, Sporting KC look set for a huge 2015 campaign.

  12. WATCH: Premier League live online via NBC Sports Live Extra – Week 28

    Mar 4, 2015, 12:40 PM EST

    Live Extra

    How to watch all of Wednesday’s games live online or via the app.

  13. Men in Blazers podcast: Chelsea’s Cup, Liverpool’s big win and Mix Diskerud guests

    Mar 4, 2015, 12:14 PM EST

    meninblazers

    Raising the Capital One Cuppity Cup Cup may just be the first title for the Blues.

  14. 2015 MLS season preview: FC Dallas

    Mar 4, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

    FC Dallas logo

    “El Profe” is back for year No. 2 in Dallas, and things are looking even better than last year’s successes.

  15. Samir Nasri: I would like to play in MLS

    Mar 4, 2015, 11:39 AM EST

    Manchester City v Sunderland - Premier League Getty Images

    The Manchester City midfielder said he would like to follow in the steps of fellow-Frenchman Thierry Henry and one day play in America.

  16. Top 10 returning players in Major League Soccer for 2015

    Mar 4, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

    Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins, Lamar Neagle, Jaime Penedo AP

    Who’s the best from a loaded pack of returnees?

  17. Tottenham hoping to hold Harry Kane out of Euro U21 Championship

    Mar 4, 2015, 10:43 AM EST

    Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur - Capital One Cup Final Getty Images

    Spurs want their star striker to rest over the summer, rather than compete for the England U21 side.

  18. The Western Conference will continue to dominate MLS, and we all know it

    Mar 4, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    LA Galaxy, 2014 MLS Cup Getty Images

    West is best, and we all know it. 2015 will be no different that 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and so on.

  19. Wednesday’s Premier League Preview: Seven games in action-packed matchday

    Mar 4, 2015, 9:51 AM EST

    FBL-ENG-PR-ARSENAL-QPR Getty Images

    From league leaders to bottom feeders, points are up for grabs all across England today.

  20. Report: Manchester United will not keep Radamel Falcao after this season

    Mar 4, 2015, 8:29 AM EST

    FBL-ENG-PR-MAN UTD-BURNLEY Getty Images

    With his loan deal up at the end of the season, reports state Radamel Falcao will not return to Manchester next year.