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February 17, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Sounders acquire Eddie Johnson from Montreal following allocation process

johnson mug.jpgSounders FC made a big splash Friday afternoon, surprisingly trading for well-traveled forward Eddie Johnson.

Seattle sent forward Mike Fucito and midfielder Lamar Neagle, a Federal Way native, to the expansion Montreal Impact in exchange for Johnson.

“It’s always difficult to part ways with two quality individuals who have contributed greatly to the success of our first three years,” said coach Sigi Schmid said in a news release. “We saw this as a unique opportunity to bring a player in with World Cup and international experience who can help us in our quest to win the MLS Cup.”

Added technical director Chris Henderson: “Eddie is a high quality striker who is a very good finisher. We are very excited to have him join Sounders FC in our quest for another successful season.”

Johnson, 27, signed with MLS earlier this week and since he has U.S. men’s national team experience, he had to go through the allocation process. Montreal, ranked No. 1 in the allocation order, acquired Johnson but expressed immediate plans to trade him.

Enter Seattle, who has long sought to find a reliable forward partner for Fredy Montero.

Johnson, who will reportedly make $100,000 with a club option for $150,000 in 2013, has been all over the place in the past few years. He was traded from FC Dallas to Kansas City in 2006. Then he signed with Fulham of the English Premier League in 2008, but had loan spells with Cardiff City, Aris in Greek and Preston North End. It was announced that he’d signed with MLS last summer, but that deal fell through and then he didn’t last long at Puebla in Mexico.

He’s been involved with the U.S. national team since 2004, but not very much if at all in the past few years.

More to come on this one.

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