With the start of the 2014 MLS season just a few days old, we already have our first piece of significant contract news: Will Johnson has agreed to a new long-term deal with the Portland Timbers.
On Monday, as is so often the case, Timbers owner Merritt Paulson announced the agreement via his personal Twitter page, as Johnson will extend his stay at Providence Park for the foreseeable future.
Captaining Portland since arriving from Real Salt Lake in an offseason trade in 2012, Johnson has become a fan favorite in the Rose City and news of this extension is sure to delight the Timbers Army.
Johnson, 27, was a key cog in central midfield as Caleb Porter’s side clinched the 2013 Western Conference title last season as the now infamous ‘Porterball’ wowed MLS with an incredible turnaround from the previous John Spencer era. With Johnson on board, Porter and Paulson can concentrate on where else the Timbers need to strengthen as they aim to challenge for MLS Cup in 2014. The Canadian central midfielder is a terrific two-way player who adds intensity and bite to the Timbers midfield, as well as notching 11 goals last season in a breakout year.
Here’s the Tweet on Johnson’s contract extension, with more details to come via Portland’s website in the near future.