I’m a little late to all this, but with the snow plows going and I figured I had a few minutes and I did want to throw a few thoughts together on Eddie Johnson and his role with the US Mens National team or #USMNT, if you’re cool and need constant human interaction via twitter. The Grown-Ass Man himself may not make the starting XI, but his continually involvement within the starting 18 is a great to see.
Here is the quintessential ‘but’ that is harshly associated with that last statement. Very shortly, maybe even tonight, things are going to come to a point that he’s going to have to help create goals. Whether heading them into the net, sprinting past the back line for a shot or simply doing some creative work them in or creating for someone else, he needs to start doing something.
Despite the rocky relationship, it’s getting harder and harder for Coach (read as: ‘Manager’) Klinsmann to deny Joze Altidore with what he has achieved during his time with the Dutch side AZ Alkmaar. Sure, you can always bring the point of contention being the competition that he faces isn’t what it is elsewhere in Europe. My retourt to that: “So f@#$ what?”. He may not be Clint Dempsey, but what he is doing far and away tops what Eddie Johnson or any other forward for that matter, to include Chris Wondolowski and his sensational performance last season with the goal-scoring tally for an MLS season.
Altidore, a long with Liga MX star Hercules Gomez, Dempsey and now phenom Terrence Boyd –who is also finally coming into his own, but that’s completely different discussion–there are going to be fewer and fewer roster spots available for Eddie Johnson. The forwards are going to be counted on to score goals and if you aren’t going to be doing that at an international level, that you arne’t going to be getting starts, or even invitations back.
Hopefully we’ll see Johnson net one … or two, tonight.