KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Former U.S. national team forward Eddie Johnson announced his retirement from professional soccer on Sunday, ending a career that started when he was a teenager.
Johnson, 31, has been forced to end his career after the discovery of a heart condition which put him out of the rest of Major League Soccer's 2014 season.
The Bunnell, Florida, native entered the professional ranks in 2001 as he was picked in the second round of the MLS SuperDraft by FC Dallas (then known as the Dallas Burn). He would go on to appear 84 times for the Western Conference side and score 24 goals across all competitions. He would then head to Sporting KC (formerly Kansas City Wizards) ahead of the 2006 MLS season and spent two season with them.
Johnson then made the move to England as he signed with then English Premier League side Fulham. He not only found it difficult to crack the starting lineup, he also did not find the back of the net for the Cottagers in his limited appearances for the team. This led to loan moves to Cardiff City, Aris in Greece and Preston North End.
He would return to MLS in 2012 where he signed with the Seattle Sounders followed by a move to DC United two seasons later.
In 10-plus years in MLS, he scored 71 goals in 202 appearances.
Johnson also left his mark on the international stage as he earned 63 caps and scored 19 goals for the U.S. national team. After making his debut in 2004, he would go on to represent the team at the 2006 World Cup, 2007 Copa America and the 2007 and 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cups which the U.S. won.