ESPN.com’s Jeff Carlisle posted a great piece on former Sounder Eddie Johnson this morning with some great insight into the player and his exit from Seattle.
It’s a pretty thorough story — Johnson, of course, being a very multilayered person — so I’d give yourself a couple minutes to read it.
Here is what one unnamed Seattle source told Carlisle about last season: “There were times when Johnson was sitting in the locker room talking so that everybody could hear. He would say, ‘How am I supposed to score if these terrible players can’t get me the ball, if they can’t put a cross in? I’m a goal scorer. I score goals. But I can’t do it if these guys are s—. And how is this guy making so much money? He’s s—. I’m so much better than him.’ That’s a real quality individual.”
Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid was quoted in the report as saying EJ’s departure was more about the salary cap and a poor mix on the field, noting that people are “making a mistake” by reading too much into Johnson’s behavior.
Johnson, himself, had an interesting quote to Carlisle: “When you come out publicly and say you’re going to take care of someone and it doesn’t happen, how do you expect that person to deal with that when they’ve been there for two years? I did the business on the field at the end of the day. I just feel like there were things that were said to me that they didn’t go forward with.”
Here is another link to the recommended reading.
@JeffreyCarlisle nice article