Seattle acquires Johnson from Montreal
Seattle, WA – Seattle Sounders FC announced that the club has traded for U.S. international forward Eddie Johnson, who was selected by the Montreal Impact with the No. 1 pick in Major League Soccer's allocation process.
In exchange, Seattle sent forward Mike Fucito and midfielder Lamar Neagle to Montreal.
The 27-year-old Johnson signed with MLS earlier this week after spending much of the past five years with Fulham of the English Premier League.
"Eddie is a high quality striker who is a very good finisher," said Sounders FC technical director Chris Henderson. "We are very excited to have him join Sounders FC in our quest for another successful season."
A member of the U.S. national team since scoring in his debut in October 2004, Johnson has made 41 appearances with 12 goals for the senior team. He has scored eight goals in only nine FIFA World Cup qualifying appearances.
Johnson returns to MLS where he began his professional career, having played four seasons for FC Dallas before joining Kansas City for two seasons, scoring 41 goals with 13 assists in 127 MLS appearances.
Fucito, 25, has spent the past three seasons with Seattle and totaled three goals with two assists in 23 appearances.
The 24-year-old Neagle was signed last March by the Sounders and went on to play in 23 games last campaign, netting five goals with two assists.