I told you to expect these little quick blog entries once a morning and I meant it! So here we are to talk about various things Sounders first thing in the morning.No poll this morning but rather I encourage comments and feedback.
Eddie Johnson scored his 57th goal in MLS this past weekend, he almost had 58 closing out the first half with a header that just came up short on the corner. A couple of weeks ago Matt Doyle, MLS soccer’s ‘Arm Chair Analyst’, gave Eddie Johnson a 10% chance to reach the goal mark of 100 goals.
At 29, Johnson is younger still. But he’s as inconsistent and injury-prone as anyone on this list, a guy who’s scored double-digit goals three times, and three or fewer goals in a season a whopping seven times. Would you bet on that? Let’s mark him down for 10 percent.
While injuries are a pretty consistent concern with EJ there still lies plenty of potential. Should he be able to score 15 goals in this and each of his subsequent two seasons. That would set him on pace to reach 100 goals before 32. The biggest question for me isn’t whether or not he’ll stay healthy, so much as, which part of him stays healthy. He’s physical dominate now, but this past weekend showed his intelligence to work with his mates to find an opening on two different set pieces which he should have been guarded very closely.
Can the ‘Grown-Ass Man’ score another 43 goals in his tenure with Major League Soccer? Add to the fact that he now has 20 goals in all competitions for the Sounders, and 40 would tie him for the Sounders all time leading scorer.
My question to you: How many goals will Eddie Johnson score the rest of his career in the US and how many will he score with the Sounders?