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Johnson discusses first goal … and yellow card

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on April 28, 2012 at 10:25 pm with No Comments »
April 28, 2012 10:38 pm

Some Sounders’ reaction on Eddie Johnson’s game-winning first goal as a Sounder in tonight’s 2-1 win at Chicago:

On getting his first goal:

“I guess for a striker it’s good for confidence. The team sacrificed a lot bringing me here. It’s my second game and it’s important to get off to a good start. Without the effort from my teammates and the guys around me tonight, I don’t think that goal would have been possible for me. It wasn’t the best performance from us, but sometimes you have to win ugly. We’ll take the three points. It was difficult to come here – the Fire are a good team and we knew it was going to be tough playing here, but thankfully we showed good discipline for 90 minutes plus. We kept our shape; we were hard to break down at times.”

On his late yellow card for delay of game during his substitution:
“Yea, I was trying to kill time. They got a goal and after they went two-down, they were still knocking the ball around and when they got one goal, it gave them some momentum. It was a tough night for myself and Freddy [Montero], I think I tried to hold the ball up at times to give our defenders time to breathe. Like I said, sometimes you have to win ugly but it was good to get three points on an away win.”

On how it felt to play 90 minutes:
“It was tiring. I didn’t think I would go that long. I am still trying to build my fitness; I’m still trying to find that balance. I’m working hard and doing extra fitness throughout the week but it was good. From a physical standpoint, I was able to keep moving and keep trying to be dangerous and get in behind the defenders. I didn’t cramp up at all so that was a good sign. I will take the positive minutes and try to build up my performance from there.”

On Johnson’s goal and minute total:

“It helped his confidence tremendously. Plus he also basically played 90 minutes which is going to help him continue to grow in his fitness, and eventually the timing and so forth. Eddie’s timing within the game, I thought his touch was not the best in the first half; it was something we talked about at halftime. I thought his touch was better in the second half. He was unlucky as well with the header [he missed].”

On Johnson’s overall play:
“He produced some key moments for us; he also hit the post with that header. He was dangerous at times. His touch was off a little bit, but he knows that’s going to get better. No matter how much you train, you don’t get the fine timing and that in-tune movement until you get out there in games. I think it’ll continue to grow and get better.”

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