JOHNSON CONCLUDES AUSTRALIA TOUR
RECAPS
EXTRA TIME
ANDREW VORCE - Thursday, July 16, 2009
Eddie Johnson was on the verge of dropping off the map, but a strong preseason tour of Australia may have been just what the doctor ordered.

Johnson had a less than impressive 08/09 campaign with Cardiff City, which led him to fall off the international radar. No one was quite sure what was going to happen with the former Kansas City Wizards star until he showed up for preseason training.

The Australia trip started like most of his Cardiff City games did, on the bench. He was accompanied by Andy Johnson, and the pair were both substituted into the Gold Coast United game at halftime, though neither of them attributed much to the match.

It was in Melbourne that Johnson truly showed what he was capable of, scoring a quality goal just minutes after coming on. He made a smart run to penetrate the Victory back four and drew the keeper out and still pinpointed his shot.

If the United game was poor, and the Victory game was better, then Johnson found truly his game against Perth Glory. The front man, again a second half substitute, teamed up with Erik Nevland for a hat-trick of goals in which Johnson was the provider every time.

His first assist was probably the best, in which his attacking run down the left flank penetrated deep in the area. Johnson was sent through into the area, and cleverly fooled the Glory backline that he was getting ready to shoot, as every player committed to him. Johnson feigned the shot, but instead squared the ball to the completely unmarked Nevland.

Johnson was the only American to take place in Fulham's preseason tour, as Clint Dempsey recovers from international duty. Johnson will have two more chances in friendlies away to Bournemouth and Peterborough United to convince Hodgeson that he is ready to see minutes in the Premiership this season..
Chip
Saturday August 1, 2009 1:18 am
Personally, I miss playing the Eddie Johnson Back Pass Drinking game... Man, I used to get soooo drunk.
Seriously, I'd love for him to ACTUALLY play for Fulham (off the bench for Zamora or A. Johnson - Come On Fulham) if he'll ACTUALLY start to turn on defenders and actually use his speed to go forward with the ball. If he's finally ready to do this and has a STRONG season off the bench and maybe a couple of starts then who knows...?
Skip
Saturday July 25, 2009 12:25 am
EJ has raw athletic ability but is, by no means, a quality footballer. Due to inconsistencies, he's at best second division in any European league and should never again suit up for the USA.
paul lorinczi
Friday July 24, 2009 8:11 am
This is encouraging news. But, we will have to wait and see how he does once the season starts.

We should all hope he proves himself and gets the playing time. When EJ is in form and confident, he is a dangerous forward.

He should not be written off completely. He still has something to prove.
ICEMANofALFRED
Thursday July 23, 2009 9:05 am
Well it's been a while since Eddie Johnson was hurt and he has yet to establish himself on any team, Fulham or on loan, so it's premature to pencil him into our 23 man squad for next year's cup. That said, we've got a real dearth of talent at Striker and he has a real chance to make the squad if only by default.
But it's the same story for Johnson that is bedeviling so many of our players...until he sees the field on a regular basis, how can he be expected to command a roster spot. His play in the past has been heavily based on his speed and when he hurt his toe, he lost some of his confidence as well as his touch, which wasn't truly that outstanding to begin with. He is yet another bubble player who needs to play to be seen to be assessed.
With Ching aging and prone to injury, Cooper yet to prove himself, Casey NOT stepping up all that impressively in the Confederations Cup, that leaves only Charlie Davies and Jozy Altidore as the Strikers, if healthy certain to be picked for the team. Johnson has a real chance, but only if he PLAYS REGULARLY for SOMEBODY!
Honestly, I'm worried far more about our lack of Strikers, and Centerbacks than about our much debated LB issues. I still think that Edson Buddle is a dark horse to make next years team at Striker... this problem is not likely to go away anytime soon.
dikranovich
Wednesday July 22, 2009 10:45 pm
its funny, but EJ does not do much at the 2006 world cup and it is held against him. no mind the fact he was a sub and came in when his team was down a goal or two. yet mcbride does nothing and it is due to his lack of service.

ej scored in copa america, he has scored in world cup qualifiers. shoot, he has more goals than most of these guys combined. pretty soon he will have goals in the epl and league europa on his resume and guess where he will be next summer? yep, south africa.

why would people not want to see altidore and EJ on the field at the same time, it does not make sense. ej and feilhaber and donovan, thats a no brainer and with altidore it really means we have to play 3-5-2. oops, gooch is now playing with AC milan.
Pastor Nate
Wednesday July 22, 2009 10:39 am
Eddie Johnson has done nothing to prove he deserves to be there, especially in the last 3 years. Once we start a third string, maybe he can win a spot on that team. All you EJ lovers need to let it go...and I hope Bob does too, or he will be just like Bruce A....only looking at his favorites and missing the really strong performers. And that will equal another 3 and done in SA next year.
dikranovich
Wednesday July 22, 2009 8:50 am
eddie johnson looks good this summer and now it is obvious coach bradley wanted eddie to get in a full pre season in with fulham, otherwise he would have been at the gold cup and probably in south africa, which is where he will almost surely be next summer.
jackii lawless
Saturday July 18, 2009 12:55 pm
bring eddie back to the national team , i never want to see casey again in a usa shirt
Drew
Thursday July 16, 2009 5:09 pm
There were highlights on FSC, but 101greatgoals always has clips usually.
TJPierce
Thursday July 16, 2009 3:10 pm
Has anyone seen a video of highlights from the Perth game? Link please! I'd love to see Eddie in action.
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