July 11, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; D.C. United forward Eddie Johnson (7) runs after the ball against the San Jose Earthquakes during the second half at Buck Shaw Stadium. D.C. United defeated San Jose Earthquakes 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

D.C. United's Eddie Johnson wants to play in Florida before he retires

Eddie Johnson grew up in my hometown and graduated from the same high school as me. Now does he he want to play for the team that I currently write about on this site?

Talking to the Daytona Beach News-Journal about his hopes of playing with the US Men’s National Team in Russia for the 2018 World Cup, the D.C. United striker mentioned a goal of coming back to the Sunshine State to begin his career in the same place that it all began.

“When the (now-defunct) Tampa Bay Mutiny and Miami Fusion were in the league, I wanted to be drafted by one of those teams, and unfortunately that didn’t happen,” he told the newspaper. “Florida’s very deserving of an MLS franchise because soccer’s so big in Florida. Still to this day, I want to have an opportunity to go back and play, week in and week out, in front of all my family that don’t get an opportunity to travel and can only watch me play on TV. 

“That’s something that, before I retire, I would love to do.”

Well, guess what Eddie. Orlando City SC begins play in Major League Soccer next season, and David Beckham also has plays to start an MLS franchise in Miami that could begin play around 2018, assuming he gets a stadium deal anytime soon.

Johnson, 30, was traded to D.C. United from the Seattle Sounders during the offseason after netting nine goals in 21 appearances for Seattle in 2013. His stellar play on the field in both 2012 and 2013 lead to a bigger contract with United, as he is now making $600,000 this season.

A very talented striker, Johnson struggled until putting it together with Seattle. He’s only scored three goals this season for D.C., but the talent is still there, and should he be looking to join Orlando City, I’ll be here to welcome him.

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