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November 14, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Need a big comeback? Adam Johansson knows all about them

johansson mug 2012.jpgIf there’s one Sounder who can talk to you about big comebacks this season, it’s Adam Johansson.

The Swedish defender had a front-row seat for arguably 2012’s greatest comeback in world soccer, when Sweden erased a four-goal deficit to earn a 4-4 tie against Germany in FIFA World Cup qualifying. Johansson was on the bench for that Oct. 16 game as his team scored four times in the final half hour — on the road in Berlin, no less.

Here’s the scoring summary:

GER — Miroslav Klose (8′)

GER — Miroslav Klose (15′)

GER — Per Mertesacker (39′)

GER — Mesut Ozil (55′)

SWE — Zlatan Ibrahimovic (62′)

SWE — Mikael Lustig (64′)

SWE — Johan Elmander (76′)

SWE — Rasmus Elm (90+3′)

It was the worst comeback Germany has ever allowed.

“After that game, I would say, ‘Never give up. It’s never over,'” said Johnasson, whose team faces thee-goal deficit to the Los Angeles Galaxy in the Western Conference finals.

“We scored the last goal on like the last kick, so just work. Just work hard. We have nothing to lose.”

Scoring three goals is the aim, but Seattle’s right back emphasized the need to play good defense, as well. Johansson’s role is especially delicate as a defender that often pushes into the attack.

“We have to play smart,” he said. “They’re good at countering, and if we push forward on offense too much, then they’re going to counter on us again. That was the problem in the last game.”

Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid said he talked to Johansson recently about the four-goal comeback. So will the Swede, with that comeback experience, get the floor to rally the team?

“No, because it was against Germany, so we wouldn’t let him talk,” Schmid joked.

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