Here are some team-provided quotes from Sounders FC’s Eddie Johnson following his call-up to the U.S. men’s national team for World Cup qualifying. The forward has already played 14 international games this year, and could get to 16 in games Friday versus Jamaica and Oct. 15 at Panama; he has played 20 MLS games for Seattle.
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(On the call-up…) “Any chance to wear the U.S. jersey, it’s an honor and it’s a privilege and it’s something you don’t want to take for granted. Myself and Brad Evans, it’s tough to leave our team here because at the start of the season we set goals as a team and winning the Supporters’ Shield is something that I’d be lying if I said any franchise doesn’t set as one of their goals. We’re in the race for it, and it’s a tough time to leave. But like I said previous times before when we had to leave, if we’re going to leave, we have to go get the job done with the national team. We’ve got two more World Cup qualifying games and we want to win the group. That’s why Klinsmann called in a strong group. I’m very confident with my teammates back here in Seattle that they can get the job done in two games that we miss. We’ve got Clint coming back from injury, Oba’s there, Steve Zakuani is still pushing for his fitness and stuff, so we’ve got a strong team. We’ve got to miss the Portland game, though… Those are games we look forward to every year. I know when I leave, I got to make sure that if I’m leaving it has to be for a good cause. It was one thing to get called into national team, but if you’re going and you’re going to take it for granted, you’re not going to get anything out of it. You might as well not even go. I’m very fortunate and blessed to have this opportunity again, and I want to make the most of it.”
(On having played the most international games of all U.S. players this year…) “It goes to show, for one, the type of organization that I’m in and the environment I’m in in Seattle. We’ve got a very professional organization. Dave Tenney and those guys, and Chad, they’re very good about doing our Omegawaves after the games and making sure we get the right recovery and listening to Omegawaves in terms of how hard to the push the players throughout the week, and just taking care of your body. I give a lot of credit to Danielle, too, with the national team. She works for AP, she’s our nutritionist, and everyone has a different diet. We just try to follow the diet that she’s set for us and stay on top of that and take care of your body — ice baths after every training session and after games, and getting your massages and stuff. I still feel like I’m 21.”