Eddie Johnson Considering MLS Move?

Eddie Johnson Considering MLS Move?

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 1, 2011
  • Eddie Johnson

Eddie Johnson during one of his few happier times with Fulham, celebrating with fellow American Clint Dempsey. (Getty Images)

All I can say is it is about time for the Grown Ass Man to return to MLS. Goal.com had a post about US Men’s National team forward Eddie Johnson saying he would consider returning to MLS.

His agent Richard Motzkin said EJ is looking at his options all over Europe and in America.

“Eddie is taking some time off after the season to get in the right frame of mind when making this decision,” Motzkin told Goal.com. “We are speaking to various clubs around the world that have expressed their interest and he wants to make sure that he makes the right choice.”

Motzkin says that Johnson would be open to rejoining MLS if the opportunity fit what he was looking for. Motzkin, however, claims that Johnson still has an option to play in Europe as offers from Scandinavia to Germany have materialized.

Obviously MLS would be a good choice for him as it would help get him the proper playing time that he needs here. If he wants to stay in the national team picture, he needs playing time. Look at what Charlie Davies has been able to do in his season with D.C. United. While Davies situation is a bit different than Johnson’s, it does show that he should be back in the national team picture before long with the way things are going.

Getting back into MLS will be a tricky thing with EJ. He’ll want a big contract, similar to one of a DP. Before he left for Fulham from MLS he did have a fairly large contract at the time in the league and one that would have been grandfathered into the DP role had he stuck it out here (I recall him making around $600k or so in his last season in MLS).

Teams like Philadelphia, Chivas, Houston and Toronto would all love to see him return without the DP tag. I say this because they’d have a crack at him through the league’s allocation process, Chivas being the top team. If he goes the DP route he’ll have more of a say in where he goes. The thing is, you have to wonder exactly how many clubs would be willing to use a DP slot on a guy like EJ.

I still stand by my comments a while back saying that he needs to return to MLS. I could see him go to a Chicago or even a Houston if he returns as a DP. Both have the money and possibly the cap space to make a move if they decide to. Plus, both could use speed up front to help get their offenses going. I know the article also mentions Seattle as a possible landing spot in that route but I don’t buy that notion. Just because Seattle has money, it doesn’t mean they’d go for someone like EJ. I can’t see EJ fitting in well under Sigi Schmid.

So if EJ does come back, where do you want him to land? Also, do you think he is DP worthy?