Eddie Johnson Officially Announces Retirement

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by DENY GALLAGHER

U.S. international and MLS star Eddie Johnson officially hung up his boots Sunday afternoon, announcing his retirement at halftime of the Eastern Conference Semifinal between the Red Bulls and D.C. United.

The speedy forward last played for United in 2014, but a heart condition has kept Johnson out of the game since March of this year.

Johnson originally began his career with the Dallas Burn before being traded to the Kansas City Wizards in 2006. From there, he ventured to Europe making stops at Fulham, Cardiff City, Aris, and Preston North End with limited success.

In 2012, Johnson moved back to MLS and the Seattle Sounders, where he scored 23 goals in 49 appearances. The striker ends his career with a total of 78 goals in 281 appearances on the club level. The player had a prolific international career as well, featuring in two matches at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. More recently, Johnson found the back of the net in last year’s win over Mexico in Columbus, Ohio to qualify the Americans for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Johnson retires with a total of 19 goals in 63 caps with the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Eddie Johnson was honored by D.C. United and MLS Sunday afternoon at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C.

  • Sammy the Red Bull

    EJ was always somewhat of an enigma as a player. He was one of those guys you kind of thought should have been better than he was. I had the opportunity to meet him about 3 years ago and he could not have been nicer to me and my family. It’s a shame what happened to him, hopefully this condition doesn’t impact his quality of life going forward.