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Reaction was pretty much split down the middle back in February when Sounders FC made a bold and somewhat controversial trade:
Lamar Neagle and Mike Fucito were sent to Montreal. Eddie Johnson came to Seattle.
With the Sounders facing the Impact in a 4:30 p.m. road game Saturday, the trade was bound to come back to the forefront this week. It was something I explored in my story for Friday’s paper, and four months later, coach Sigi Schmid and general manager Adrian Hanauer were pretty clear about how they feel.
“Certainly it was a trade that we felt at the time made sense to us and we still feel it was a trade that makes sense,” said Schmid.
Hanauer told MLSsoccer.com he’d still make the trade knowing what he knows now.
I asked Johnson this week if he was happy with how he’s performed on his end.
“Sort of,” he said, lamenting the injuries that plagued his start to the season. “But I want to be out there and be at the top, competing with the (scoring) leaders in the league. That’s one of my goals, as well as winning an MLS Cup here in Seattle. Happy? Yeah. But I still want to accomplish a lot more.”
Johnson has the statistical edge so far (three goals, one assist) compared to Neagle (no goals, two assists) and Fucito (no goals, no assists). He’s also the only established starter among the three.
So four months later, how do you feel?
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