That new U.S. soccer blog needs to catch up with this guy.
Like I told Luis once, "How does he play in the World Cup and then drop off the face of the earth?" It may not be that drastic, but it seems that way at times.
We get emails asking about JOB, but there's not a whole lot we can do to pass along news when he declines all interviews.
Which doesn't mean that I've personally seen him this year. He used to work out at the Home Depot Center and there were whispers of a comeback, even earlier this year, when Preki said he was waiting to hear from Johnny if he ever got healthy.
Chivas USA, the last club team he ever played for (they still hold his MLS rights), has contact info for him and they field a lot of requests for John to do interviews (including mine). So far, he's always said no. He didn't want to issue even a generic statment through them, such as, "Hey, I'm retired, I'm perfecting my bongo drum playing and getting a tan in Puerto Rico. I plan to become a chef one day - a kinder, gentler Gordon Ramsey. Leave me alone."
I did actually hear that Johnny was playing soccer again, with Hollywood United FC. He played twenty minutes of a recent match, along with some other ex-pros like Ian Russell. I drove out to HUFC's next match, hoping JOB might be amenable to a word or two if someone was there in person. Except Johnny never came. Not too surprising - players pop in and out of that club all the time. Lalas and Wynalda play for them sometimes, as does Vinnie Jones and a host of other recognizable names.
Even if JOB never plays for them again, he already put in more onfield game minutes for HUFC than he ever did for Chivas USA.