— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) December 17, 2013
It looks like the expected departure of Eddie Johnson could happen soon as The Washington Post is reporting there is a deal in place to send the forward to D.C. United, likely for allocation money.
Johnson has led the Sounders in scoring the past two seasons but has been vocal about his desire for a raise, which wasn’t likely to come from Seattle, which already has a full allotment of three designated players: Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins and Osvaldo Alonso.
Reading between the lines, especially at the end-of-year business meeting last week, it also appears the team feels Johnson played a significant part in the failed chemistry on and off the field.
There have ultimately been reports out on the Sounders shopping Johnson around the league for about five weeks, so this hardly comes as a surprise, especially after the recent addition of Kenny Cooper (assuming the two sides agree to a contract).
As a reminder, allocation money, the likely return in the trade, can be used to buy down salaries and effectively spend in excess of the salary cap, something particularly valuable for teams for a team like Seattle that is always constrained by that salary cap.
Johnson, who made about $150,000 last season, scored 23 MLS goals over two seasons, second most in franchise history behind Fredy Montero‘s 47.