venerdì 7 marzo 2014

The Eddie Johnson - scenario

Eddie Johnson has flourished under Jurgen Klinsmann, but it will be enough to make the World Cup squad? He has been a huge part of World Cup qualifying but there are doubts about he will go to Brazil. Does Jurgen take a fourth forward to Brazil? He has Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan providing enough as offensive threat as they can be lined up front. Jozy Altidore is probably going to be the starter up top with Dempsey and Donovan alongside. Aron Johannsson is an almost sure backup but there are not sure things beyond them. Juan Agudelo and Terrence Boyd both are hard to find their way onto the 23-man World Cup roster while Chris Wondolowski has to prove he can step on the field and score at international-level.So, the option-Johnson remains. The 6-feet, 180 pound Johnson was painted as the American Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a skillful but troubled attacker, not easy to manage. He has a strong personality and a big ego. Johnson wasn’t on the same page as the Sounders last season and was forced out. He criticized coaches, teammates and front-office staff in Seattle, leading to a divorce. He showed on the field his frustration seeking a raise in Seattle where his salary of $150,000 was low compared to his scoring production. Johnson's attitude could obviously be questioned, but he’s a prolific scorer, one of the best USMNT never had. Since debuting in 2004, Johnson scored 19 goals out from 59 caps. His speed would have been a valuable asset this summer. He had a troubled gig in Europe, where he netted just seven goals playing for Fulham, Cardiff, Prestong North End and Aris (Greece). But he’s reborn back in Major League Soccer. Johnson scored 25 goals in two seasons with the Sounders. Johnson was cut from the U.S. team before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. But since Jurgen Klinsmann took over as coach of the USMNT, Johnson has been a fixture in the lineup scoring seven goals in 20 games. There are also concerns as well about his locker room presence but Klinsmann could be able to deal with it for a short period of time and the same forward said he wants “turn the volume way down" during his time with the USMNT. If he will be scoring consistently  this season, write his name off from the World Cup list will be hard.

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