Twitter’s usually not to be trusted, but when one of the story’s subjects is involved, you can suspend your disbelief. In this case, Eddie Johnson took to The 140 to leak news of his recall to the U.S. Men’s National Team:
Given it’s been over two years since Johnson was recalled, it must have been emotional: Getting the call informing him that he was once again a U.S. international.
And after watching the U.S. against Jamaica last break, you can’t help but think Johnson is exactly what they need. His speed – whether getting onto a Steve Cherundolo cross or creating space behind him for Clint Dempsey – would have been a valuable asset. For a team that went nearly two full matches without an open play goal after their early score in Kingston, the U.S. needs something new.
Johnson is both something old and something new. He’s only 28 years old, but he’s been around the national team program for eight years. Since debuting in 2004, Johnson has picked up 42 caps and 12 goals, going through a brief span where he was saddled with expectations he’d replace Brian McBride.
Years struggling overseas cast doubt. He left Kansas City in 2007 after a 15 goals season. In five years abroad with Fulham, Cardiff, Prestong North End (all English league), and Aris (Greece), Johnson scored seven goals.
Back in Major League Soccer, Johnson’s been reborn, scoring 13 times in 21 starts. He was named to the All-Star team, scoring the game winning goal in Philadelphia against Chelsea.
And now, Eddie Johnson’s a U.S. international, and the congratulations are already rolling in:
U.S. Soccer has yet to officially announce the squad to face Antigua and Barbuda and Guatemala.