Saturday, 28 July 2012

Settled Johnson shines in Seattle

Eddie Johnson’s career may not have gone quite how he and many others believed it would, however, the striker is beginning to prove his qualities that led to so much hype when he was younger. The 28-year old returned to the MLS following a disastrous four-year spell in Europe, in which Johnson failed to fulfil his potential, leading him to end his time across the Atlantic and return back to the US.

After so much instability during his time in Europe, Johnson knew he needed to find a place to really call home. That appears to have come in Seattle, with the striker beginning to rediscover the form he first burst on the scene with FC Dallas almost a decade ago.

Johnson has been a major part of the Sounders impressive MLS season so far, scoring eight goals for a team that currently sit third in the Eastern Conference. It took the striker a few months to find his feet again, but five goals in his last five games have given Johnson his confidence back and punters who bet on soccer games regularly see him as a candidate to net first. 

Head coach Sigi Schmid and his coaching staff have managed to get the best from the talented striker, and Johnson has admitted his form on the pitch has come from being in a part of a talented team.

"When you go into a new organization, it takes time. Some people adapt earlier than others, some people adapt later. But one thing that helps bring the confidence in your ability is the people around you.”

If Johnson can maintain his current form then the Sounders  are one of the safer soccer betting tips when it comes to the end-of-season charge for the title, as well as giving the forward a chance to re-establish himself as part of the national side.

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