Balanced and settled in Seattle? Seems so for Eddie Johnson
You know the rap on Seattle’s Eddie Johnson, right?
That he’s lost it. Or perhaps that he never had it, that his scoring spike with the national team was time-and-place providence. (Pay no attention to that solid record of scoring in his first MLS go-round.)
Or that he’s not a “team guy.”
Tell that to the Seattle Sounders fans today. You are likely to get an official, unabridged rave green earful. And maybe some extra salt in your salmon from Pike Place Market.
Johnson scored again last night as Seattle dispatched Chivas USA to reach its fourth consecutive U.S. Open Cup final. Richard Farley has the game goods here.
But let’s talk briefly about Johnson, who just hit his ninth goal for the club across two competitions this year (league and Open Cup matches). Sounds like he’s focused on two things: playing in a final and doing his job, which means scoring goals:
Sounds to me like Johnson is thinking the right way. I’ve said and written before, Johnson is a man who just needs to be shown the right direction. He’s capable of making good choices and bad ones; put the right leaders around him and “EJ” fine.
I’ve also said that desire or attitude was never the problem that some believe. Again, it’s about getting the right people in his ear. And it’s about his ability to gain some balance and comfort in his surroundings.
As the goals keep coming, it will be harder and harder for people to remember this, but Johnson became a real reclamation project. He was darn close to tumbling completely out of professional soccer last winter. Seattle really found something here – and now they’ll take it into next month’s Open Cup final, not to mention the MLS season’s second half.