Wednesday, July 21, 2010
English League One club MK Dons say that striker Jemal Johnson will be traveling this week to Washington, DC to trial with DC United.

The four-time MLS champs, however, have not confirmed their English counterparts statement.

The Buckinghamshire club has gone on record in saying that the speedy forward would be boarding a plane this week to head to the nation's capital in hopes of joining the four-time MLS Cup winners.

"Jemal has recently been granted permission to go on trial with DC United," MK Dons Press Officer Anthony Herlihy told YA. "He will travel to the states this week with a view to a transfer."

But Johnson might not want to start packing quite yet, as United is not confirming that a trial for the New Jersey native is scheduled.

"I have not heard of anything internally about [Johnson] so at this point there is no confirmation of a trial," said DC United Marketing Communications Director Kyle Sheldon to YA.

In three seasons with the Dons, Johnson appeared in 89 matches scoring 11 goals. He also played in 16 matches last spring while on loan with Stockport County where he scored two goals.

Previously Johnson has played with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United, Preston North End and Darlington.
Thursday July 22, 2010 12:52 pm
I hope it works out for JJ, he needs a new start.

Scott according to a report in 2006 the average salary came out to around $103,000. I'd imagine its improved since then. It also depends on position according to another survey of wages I found. Strikers make the most.
Scott W.
Thursday July 22, 2010 1:24 am
Probably a smart move on his part. If you can't make it in one league, try making it in another. I've never heard of an American in League 1 getting a call-up to the national team (Simek doesn't count, he was in the Championship last time he was called up). Conversely, just about every regular on the national team has some sort of MLS experience.

Side question: about how much does a regular League 1 player make? I can't imagine it being more than that of a fairly good MLS player.
Wednesday July 21, 2010 10:15 pm
It's about time. Should have come back a while ago. He would have made the WC squad had he been playing regular football in the eyes of BB rather than 3rd division english kickball. Needs to stay healthy though...

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