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Johnson’s game-winner also sets club record

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Sep. 8, 2012 at 6:39 pm with No Comments »
September 8, 2012 6:42 pm

Eddie Johnson’s second goal against Chivas USA today wasn’t merely the game-winner for Sounders FC. The goal also gave Johnson the franchise record with 13 goals in a season – with seven games to go.

As it happened, that goal was assisted by Fredy Montero, who had held the previous record of 12.

“It is always good when you have on your team somebody who can score goals,” Montero said. “In the past, I was the guys who had to score goals. But we didn’t make the final. Hopefully this year (Johnson) is going to take us – together you know – to put Seattle Sounders to the finals.”

Johnson also took a team-first approach to his accomplishment.

“(What’s important is) winning games as a team, trying to get better as a team … everything else is a bonus,” he said. “So I guess that’s a bonus. I couldn’t ask for a better team to share that with. They’re the reason I’m getting my goals. All the work we’re putting in, week in and week out, it’s paying off. It’s a humbling moment, but I couldn’t ask for a better team to share it with.”

Montero remains the Sounders career goals leader with 45. He led the team with 12 in 2009, shared the lead when he and Steve Zakuani scored 10 each in 2010, and led the team again last season with 12. He has 11 this season, which was tied for the team lead until Johnson’s pair led Seattle to its 2-1 win over Chivas on Saturday.

Both of Johnson’s goals came on headers, his eighth and ninth such goals this season.

“We really haven’t had that option in the box for a while,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “He’s been very sharp in their air, and I’ll take them whether they’re headers or they’re off the foot or they could be off his chest: as long as it goes into the back of the net.”

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