The Sounders have confirmed sending Eddie Johnson to D.C. United for what general manager Adrian Hanauer calls “a large amount” of allocation money. That money, Hanauer says, should show up soon with “one or two pretty major signings … potentially.”
I’ll have more from Hanauer soon. Until then, here’s the official word from SoundersFC.com:
Seattle Sounders FC has traded forward Eddie Johnson to D.C. United in exchange for allocation money, the club announced today.
Johnson, 29, has led Sounders FC in scoring the past two seasons, ranking second all-time in club history with 23 goals in regular-season play. Since joining Seattle in 2012, Johnson has made 82 appearances for club and country with 36 goals and seven assists, including a team-high 17 appearances for the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2013.
“Eddie was a valuable part of our team the last two seasons,” said Owner and General Manager Adrian Hanauer. “Eddie is a tremendous player who gave us some wonderful moments. This was an opportunity for us to receive allocation money that can strengthen our club in many areas. We wish him the best in D.C.”
Johnson has made 65 appearances across all competitions for Sounders FC, scoring 29 goals with five assists. He ranks second in club history with eight game-winning goals and is the club’s all-time leader with three goals in the MLS Cup Playoffs. In 2012, he earned his third All-Star selection and was named the MLS Comeback Player of the Year.
Johnson has been capped 61 times by the USMNT, including 19 appearances since returning to MLS, and has 19 career goals. Johnson scored the game-winner against Mexico on September 10, 2013, to help the USMNT advance to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, ranking second all-time with 12 goals in 21 World Cup Qualifying matches.
Sounders FC acquired Johnson on February 17, 2012, in a trade with the Montreal Impact.