We all know that one child, maybe you even have one in your family right, the problem child. It seems like no matter what you say or do, the child always ignores you and does what it sees best. Eddie Johnson of DC United, is Major League Soccer’s problem child, no question about it.
In no way is this article meant to make fun of or ridicule Johnson, but honestly, Johnson brings it upon himself, whether he means to or not.
Between his time with the Seattle Sounders from 2012-2013, and now with DC, Johnson continues to run into the same problems on and off the field.
In his most recent issue, Johnson engaged several fans on Twitter after his team’s last match against Real Salt Lake. One fan asked him why he did not play hard during the team’s bad times like other Washington athletes, Johnson replied,
“I’m not here to please your town buddy.”
This incident was the second of its kind this season. Two weeks ago, Johnson got into things with former Houston Dynamo and MLS great, Brian Ching. He said he was only responded to the criticism that Ching issued against him, but Johnson took things farther than it really should have gone.
When asked by the Washington Post if Head Coach Ben Olsen had banned him from Twitter, Johnson said:
“I think I have banned myself, man. I had a couple incidents too in Seattle. I am a real emotional person. I’ve always been that way growing up. When you don’t have an older brother, you’ve always got to take up for yourself.”
As much as his comments make sense, it does not excuse his actions over the past three years. Because of the issues in the last match, where he kicked a ball at a downed RSL player, Johnson will serve a two-game suspension. The MLS disciplinary committee concluded that Johnson used “violent conduct” toward RSL defender Carlos Salcedo.
Johnson may have more of an argument if he was still scoring goals in bunches like earlier seasons. Fans tend to respect players who can actually back up their words on the field. In 2014, Johnson has just four goals and two assists on 35 total shots, 14 of which have been on target.
Talent wise, Johnson knows how to score goals. He has 68 career MLS goals and once was a regular for the U.S. Men’s National Team. Aside from his current antics, Johnson always will be heralded for his career achievements and remembered for the player he was, not who he is now.