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NEWS – From the Irony Department “Grown Ass Man” to Play for Video Game Team

The GAM in action. (Photo Credit: Seattle Sounders)

Former (we can call him that now, right) USMNT forward Eddie Johnson returned to Major League Soccer last week. The European (and almost Mexican) journeyman was selected by the Montreal Impact in an allocation draft only to be traded to the Seattle Sounders for Mike Fucito and Lamar Neagle.

If Johnson can find his form the Sounders attack with Freddy Montero could be one of MLS's most dangerous. Notice we said…”if”. The bag was already mixed for Johnson's Sounders debut as he picked up an early goal in a pre-season exhibition match and a hamstring injury that would see him leave the match in the middle of the first half (for “precautionary reasons”).

From the match report:

Johnson established himself early as a threat in the attacking third, putting consistent pressure on the defense.

In the 11th minute, he gave a glimpse of why Seattle actively pursued him in a trade with the Montreal Impact on Friday.  Taking the ball with his back to goal 40 yards out, Johnson turned a dribbled through the defense, doing a pair of step-overs before ripping a left-footed shot inside the left post for a goal and a 1-0 Sounders lead.

The best part of the whole move in Johnson returning to MLS (he played for the Wizards previously) is landing with Sounders, whose main sponsor (and on their jerseys) is Microsoft's XBox. In response to an interviewer's question in 2008 about which video games he liked to play, Johnson reportedly said:

“I don't play video games. I'm a grown-ass man.”

Here's to hoping that someone in the Sounders marketing department has a keen sense of humor and signs Johnson up for a public appearance at some FIFA '12 XBox tournament in the Seattle area.

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