Eddie Johnson appeared as a second half substitute against Mexico as he tried to catch Bob Bradley's eye.
Now, Eddie gets no love. It seems everyone wants him as far away from the U.S. team as possible. He couldn't beat out Chris Rolfe for the starting spot against Mexico, his critics say. He was far less impressive than Kenny Cooper against Denmark, they add. He scored a paltry two goals for Kansas City last year. He's clearly washed up, right?
Like I mentioned in a previous post, I don't think he's done. After watching some additional highlights and having had the chance to digest the game even further, Johnson didn't do as bad for himself against Mexico as many thought.
The play in the second half where Bobby Convey nearly scored was created in part by Johnson's quickness and alertness. Gonzalo Pineda held the ball in his own box and was about to try and clear it out when Johnson came flying in. Pineda fumbled the ball away as Convey made a move toward Pineda as well. Convey picked the ball up completely unmarked inside the area.
Also, it was Johnson who kept up with Landon and served as a valuable decoy when Landon broke away and scored the second goal.
As a second half sub, he was a part of one should-have-scored scoring chance as well as a goal, Plus he had a long range shot that tested Oswaldo Sanchez.
Not bad from someone who supposedly doesn't belong anywhere near the U.S. team.