Eddie Johnson

Clint Dempsey

Clint Dempsey wins MLS Comeback Player of the Year

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Dempsey dominated the media portion of the vote to edge out Federico Higuain.

Clint Dempsey has been named the 2017 MLS Comeback Player of the Year. He's the second Seattle Sounders player to win the award, joining Eddie Johnson who won it in 2012. The 34-year-old edged out Federico Higuain, who was returning from a knee injury.

Major Link Soccer: Tata is coming to America

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Big Sam and his awesome sham, Champions League roundup, and Goals of the Week


"We feel that by ruling him out today," Lagerwey continued, "it puts us in the best position to eventually get him back hopefully for the 2017 season." We can only imagine how Clint Dempsey is feeling emotionally during this difficult time, but Dempsey only has to look to his close friend Eddie Johnson for some support and encouragement.

2015 Sounder at Heart Offensive Player of the Year

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Which player most contributed to the attack in 2015?

Previous winners are not just forwards as the award is eligible to any player that scores goals or collects assists. This year's cutoff will be for any player with seven or more goals or assists. Previous winners were Fredy Montero (09, 10, 12), Mauro Rosales (11), Eddie Johnson (13) and Obafemi Martins (14).

D.C. United

Alhaji Kamara, Eddie Johnson, and DeAndre Yedlin: Freedom Kicks for 19 May 2016

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Soccer, go!

So, come closer. I'm hearing a rumor, and I only want you to hear it. You know that mythical object, the "sun"? I've heard we might see it today, so let's have a great one. Let's soccer.

European doctors wouldn't let him play soccer anymore. U.S. specialists had a different opinion.

Top 10 most popular posts from Black and Red United in 2015

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A look back at the most popular posts of 2015.

2015 was a banner year for Black and Red United, and we hope that you enjoyed the journey with us. To look back on it, let us take a look at the 10 most popular posts on the blog this year.

  1. The most viewed post, of course, was the leak of D.

The Donnety Award, for D.C. United's most disappointing player

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Even though the season was good, there were still some disappointments

This season, like last season, lacks consensus candidates for the Donnety Award, given to D.C. United's most disappointing player. But give the award we must. For those who don't remember, the award is named for Matias Donnet, the Argentinian star midfielder who had played previously at Boca Juniors and Venezia before coming to D.

Eddie Johnson announces retirement

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Photo by David Richard/USA TODAY Sports

Despite being sidelined for the 2015 season due to heart ailment, Eddie Johnson officially ended his soccer career Sunday.

D.C. United announced Johnson's retirement from the game hours before kickoff against the New York Red Bulls, and the club intends to recognize his extensive playing career at halftime during the pair's Eastern Conference semifinal meeting at RFK Stadium (3 p.

D.C. United get a true number 9 after trading Luis Silva to Real Salt Lake for Alvaro Saborio

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With Eddie Johnson effectively retired, D.C. United filled a void up top by bringing in seasoned MLS striker Alvaro Saborio from RSL.

Top of the league with 13 games remaining in the season and unlikely to make a splash with an international signing this transfer window, D.C. United made their move yesterday by acquiring Alvaro Saborio in a trade with Real Salt Lake.

D.C. United announce signing of Argentinian forward Facundo Coria

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The free agent recently trialed with the Philadelphia Union

With Luis Silva looking like he might miss some time with an injury, and Eddie Johnson allegedly released from his contract, D.C. United announced the signing of Facundo Coria on Monday, an Argentinian forward and midfielder who was out of contract before signing to play in the nation's capital.

Goals coming from all over the field for D.C. United in 2015

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Eight different players have already found the back of the net for United in eight league games this season

At the outset of the 2015 MLS campaign, it was obvious that for D.C. United to have success in the early goings of the season, they would need to find goals from all over the field. As it were, United started the season without their top three goal scorers from the 2014 season.

B&RU Player of the month for March: Jairo Arrieta

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United's new Costa Rican striker was brought in as depth, but has made a good first impression.

In a month where Fabian Espindola, Luis Silva, and Eddie Johnson combined to make one appearance, D.C. United quite clearly needed someone else to step up and produce on the attacking end. However, a compelling case could be made that United's needs are just as acute at the back, where the stakes were even higher than normal due to the lack of firepower.

Eddie Johnson to miss at least three weeks for medical reasons

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D.C. United's designated player will miss at least a couple of weeks for medical reasons.

D.C. United has announced that forward Eddie Johnson will miss at least three weeks of preseason due to medical reasons, during which time he will be undergoing tests.

UPDATE: Eddie Johnson to miss 3 weeks of #DCUpreseason due to medical reasons.

D.C. United season review: The results of the fans' voting

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You have voted, we have crunched the numbers, and here are the results of our D.C. United season reviews.

The voting is now complete, and the readers of Black and Red United have passed judgment on all of D.C. United's players as well as the leaders of the technical staff.

This year we only voted on two non-players: Ben Olsen and Dave Kasper.

Big Names Left Unprotected For MLS Expansion Draft

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Orlando City SC and New York City FC fans will find out who is on their clubs squad on Wednesday when the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft takes place. Some of the big names available are Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC), Rais Mbolhi (Philadelphia Union) and Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls).

D.C. United Season Review: Eddie Johnson, the Black-and-Red's polarizing Designated Player

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Our Season Review series has mostly been full of easy questions, but that's not the case today as we look at Eddie Johnson's tumultuous first season for United.

Looking over D.C. United's roster thus far, there haven't been many players that really leave one with a complicated decision. That's what happens after a good season in which the parts mostly fit together.

Freedom Kicks for 13 November 2014: D.C. United contracts, Caribbean Cup, Heineken

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We have guaranteed contracts, Caribbean Cup, and Heineken.

The international break is slowing down soccer news around the world, but we still have some tidbits for you on this Thursday morning.

D.C. United news and notes - The Washington Post: Lots of good information from Steve Goff in this installment, including the fact that Bobby Boswell, Chris Rolfe, Eddie Johnson, and Davy Arnaud, among others, all have guaranteed contracts for next season.

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls staff and reader predictions

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For the first time, we have real dissent between our staff members about what will happen on Saturday.

For once, we have large disagreements between the members of the Black and Red United staff as to what will happen on Saturday. We have large wins, small wins, penalty kicks, and the team both moving on and not moving on.

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls lineup: Same lineup for the second leg

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D.C. United have a hole out of which to climb, but can almost the same lineup from last week do it?

D.C. United are back in action this Saturday, fighting for their playoff lives against the New York Red Bulls at RFK Stadium. The rumors are the that Metros will be bringing close to 1,000 fans to the game, so United fans will need to be in their normal, raucous voice.

Filibuster podcast episode 104: Montreal Impact and MLS Playoffs

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What's on tap: Goose Island Pepe Nero, Ben's bourbon concoction, apple cider and rye

The Filibuster crew are back and rounding into playoff form, getting ready for D.C. United's run towards MLS Cup. We start by talking about the 1-1 draw against the Montreal Impact, including talking about Marco di Vaio's last goal in Major League Soccer, Eddie Johnson's great hold up play, and Nick DeLeon's play from the wing.

Davy Arnaud

Top League Scorers Through 2015

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More updated stats for you, this time it is KC's top 20 goal scorers in league play. First is the list for prior years.

1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014


#TBT Hattricks for KC.

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For Throw Back Thursday this week I thought I'd go through all the hattricks in KC's history before last night's four goal performance by Dom Dwyer against FC Dallas.

The first hattrick in KC history actually didn't come until the team's third season, when Digital Takawira hit a second half hattrick for KC in their 3-1 win over New England on May 16th of 1998.

Eddie Johnson hospitalized for dehydration before 2nd leg

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There may have been a reason Eddie Johnson didn't start last Saturday's 2nd leg against New York: a late-week trip to the hospital for dehydration and other issues.

When Eddie Johnson came on as a substitute for Davy Arnaud in the 60th minute of last Saturday's second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals for D.

Philadelphia Union

Pfeffer bids farewell, more from the draft, Curtin on Edu and Fabinho, more news

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Pfeffer thanks Union fans. Curtin on Edu and Fabinho. Four Union Academy players called up for US U-18 camp. Locals selected in NWSL draft. More news.

Union bits, academy results, conference semis, more news

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Got news if you want it.

Who’s the ‘keeper? Vancouver previews, Ramos confirms its Pfeffer if no Zelalem, more

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Who will be the goalkeeper against Vancouver? Williams on losing right back spot. Tab Ramos confirms Zach Pfeffer will be added to US U-20 World Cup roster is Gedion Zelalem isn't approved by FIFA. More news.

NYCFC previews, McCarthy on playing for Philly fans, Mbolhi signing the worst, more

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Previews for Saturday's home game against NYCFC. McCarthy says its a great feeling knowing fans have the team's back. Everyone says Mbolhi signing among the worst ever. More.

Maidana injury, Norwegian Cruz, league and USMNT news, more

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Maidana suffers training ground injury. CBS Philly reports Danny Cruz to go on loan to Norway. More news.

Vancouver got allocation money in Vitoria deal, USL rebrands, MLS news, more

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Whitecaps received allocation money from Union in Vitoria loan deal. USL has a new identity. Brad Evans says player strike is "imminent." More news.

former SKC Wizards

Johnson Retires - Former SKC Wizards Update

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A move that has been common knowledge for most fans for most of the season was made official this past week. Former Kansas City forward, Eddie Johnson officially retired from professional soccer at the age of 31. After a hospital visit before the playoffs last year with DC, Johnson didn't participate in preseason training with DC this past year and reportedly had his contract voided in May.

Reports of Johnson's Impending Retirement Continue - Former SKC Wizards Update

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Reports that former KC Wizards forward continue to build and while no official word on his announcement has been made, it seems it will be only a matter of time before the 31 year old is officially announced as having retired from soccer.

Here's the rest of his week's update.

Active without a club or unknown
Scott Angevine
Federico Bessone
Bobby Convey
Will John
Michael Kafari
Neal Kitson
Jonathan Leathers
Carlos Marinelli
Nelson Pizarro
Ivan Trujillo
Konrad Warzycha

Davy Arnaud - DC - Started and played 90 minutes in DC's 1-1 draw with KC.

Johnson's Career Appears to be Over - Former SKC Wizards Update

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Eddie Johnson hasn't played for DC United this year, he's been on an excused leave from the team because of an issue with his heart that was found last year during the playoffs. It now appears that the heart condition will force the one time Wizard and US international to retire from the game. While Johnson scored the third most goals in a single season for Kansas City, he's probably best remembered for his miss in the 2012 US Open Cup final when he was a member of the Seattle Sounders.

Former SKC Wizards Update

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Here is this week's former SKC Wizards update.

Active without a club or unknown
Vicente Arze
Federico Bessone
Jose Burciaga
Julio Cesar
Edson Elcock
Adnan Gabeljic
Mechack Jerome
Peterson Joseph
Neal Kitson
Michal Mravec
Nelson Pizarro
Akeem Priestly
Peter Schmetz
Scott Sealy
Konrad Warzycha

Davy Arnaud - DC - Started and played 90 minutes in DC's 2-1 win over Chicago.

The Rest

Sounders insider predicts 'very different roster' in 2016

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Taylor Graham gave some strong hints that some significant change could be in the offing.

The last time the Seattle Sounders went out of the playoffs this early was 2013. Granted that was in far more spectacular fashion -- losing a pair of games and being thoroughly outclassed by their biggest rivals -- but it precluded the most dramatic rebuilding in the club's history.

Eddie Johnson's contract voided by Major League Soccer

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MLS has taken over the handling of the Eddie Johnson situation.

The saga of Eddie Johnson continues towards its inevitable, but sad conclusion for D.C. United. Steve Goff, the man with the inside scoop, is reporting that Major League Soccer has terminated Eddie Johnson's contract with the League, and that the battle is now between the League, the Players Union, lawyers, medical personnel, and agents; United has not been involved in this situation in months.

Report: Eddie Johnson Likely Retiring

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The Designated Player Will Presumably Be Hanging Them Up, and the Team May Be Compensated as a Result

Several days after celebrating his 31st birthday, Steven Goff brings updated word on D.C. United Designated Player Eddie Johnson, saying that his career is likely over, and the team is to use his words, 'anticipating salary cap relief' because of issues surrounding his enlarged heart.

Episode 157 – Hamid and Hope

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Join the guys in this spirited discussion as they talk about United's past two extra time wins against the LA Galaxy and Orlando City SC. The boys look ahead to NY Red Bull's visit and discuss other DC United news.

Eddie Johnson's heart condition could end his career: a personal look

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Eddie Johnson's career could be over due to a heart ailment. We look at what it could mean for Eddie Johnson the person going forward with a personal narrative.

Earlier this afternoon, it was reported by Steve Goff of the Washington Post that D.C. United forward Eddie Johnson, who is out indefinitely with an unspecified medical issue, may not play again this season and that it's possible that Eddie Johnson may have played his last game for United or any other team.

D.C. United season review: Attacking midfielder Collin Martin

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He didn't get much time on the field, but Collin Martin is still full of potential.

It was a tale of two seasons this year for Collin Martin, the Homegrown attacking midfielder. At the beginning of the season he was loaned to the Richmond Kickers, where he played in a role that oscillated between central midfield and support striker throughout the match.

D.C. United Season Review: Conor Doyle

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In which we wonder if the most follicly advanced player on the team deserves Cake...or Death!

In the year of our Lord 2013, Conor Doyle received 72% of more than 300 votes cast, and he returned in earnest for the 2013 campaign. The forward, sitting on a $48,500 base/$49,750 guaranteed salary, had a somewhat uncertain future, made all the more so with the acquisition of Eddie Johnson in the 2013-14 offseason.