RICH FIDLER - Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Eddie Johnson has become the fifth US international - and sixth American overall - to call Fulham home after his appeal for a work permit was approved.
"It's confirmed that a three-and-a-half year deal has been done for an undisclosed amount," Johnson agent Dan Segal told YA. "It's a dream come true for Eddie."
"We are exteremely excited for him to finally get the chance to join a team in the Premier League, and he is really looking forward to joining the club."
Johnson will join Clint Dempsey, Carlos Bocanegra, Kasey Keller and Brian McBride as current or past USMNT members at the club.
Norway international defender Brede Hangeland, who is an American citizen by birth, joined from FC Copenhagen earlier in the transfer window.
The Florida native leaves the Kansas City Wizards after Major League Soccer agreed to the transfer fee from the Londoners who are struggling to stay out of the relegation zone.
Johnson was orignally drafted in the second round of the 2001 MLS SuperDraft by the Dallas Burn, later rebranded as FC Dallas. The young striker struggled with Dallas until his emergence in 2004 when he lead the league with 12 goals. He was traded to the Wizards prior to the 2006 season.
In seven MLS seasons, Johnson appeared in 124 matches, scoring 41 goals.
The 23-year old first represented the United States against El Salvador in October of 2004, a match in which he also scored his first international goal. He followed that with an impressive hat-trick in a 17 minute span against Panama just four days later.
The powerful 6' 0" forward has scored 11 goals in 31 appearances for the National Team, most recently scoring against Argentina in the 2007 Copa America.