Friday, February 24, 2006

Eddie Johnson happy to be 'home' in KC

The Kansas City Star has a great piece on Eddie Johnson's first trip to his new home. It seems Johnson is a big fan of the Country Club Plaza.

And why not? The dynamic scoring star of the U.S. national men’s soccer team — and newest member of the Wizards — is young, 21. He’s single, stands an angular and attractive 6 feet, 180 pounds. And as the second-highest-paid player in MLS, he has a lot of money.

Talk about a trifecta made for Plaza life.

So it only seemed natural that, after training two hours with his new teammates for the first time Thursday morning at the Arrowhead Stadium practice facility, then attending a news conference where he was introduced to the KC media, Johnson and Wizards and U.S. national-team teammate Kerry Zavagnin hopped in Zavagnin’s new charcoal-gray BMW and headed to the Plaza for a bite to eat and to check out some condos to rent.

I think the most interesting part of the article is when Johnson talks about the various rumors that have him going to Europe after the World Cup.

“I think it’s all about comfort,” he said. “Last year, I trained with Manchester United for two weeks. It’s the biggest club in the world, and it was exciting. But I wasn’t happy.

“I think right now, MLS is the league for me. I think I have more to learn, and this is a great organization with great coaches and veteran players. I can learn a lot from all of them.

“I’m going to focus on what’s ahead of me right here.”

One final note of interest, Johnson might not have to wait long to take on his old team as FC Dallas and KC will play each other on March 25th in Moore, Ok. That said, the US has a game against Germany in Germany on the 22nd, so Johnson will probably not actually make it to the pitch that day.



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