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Eddie Johnson trains in "England weather;" says he hopes hamstring will allow him to play Wednesday

He was asked about the weather.

"I’m used to it: England weather," he said. "... I thought I left Europe, but I guess the weather followed me."

He was asked how he's settling in to his new club.

"The team has made me feel very welcome," he said. "The fans as well, and the whole organization. That’s a very positive thing. When you’re new on a team, I think it’s all about adjusting. From my first day when I arrived with the team I felt like I had been here for many years. It’s going great. Today was the first day back on the field and running around. I felt great. I had about four days off. I kind of tweaked my hammy a little bit in Florida, but it was good to get back out there with the guys. It’s a good group. Like I said, it’s fun playing with these guys. I’m looking forward to being part of the organization and I’m looking forward to the season this year."

That brought the natural follow-up about his hamstring.

"It’s good," he said. "I ran around. Today I didn’t really want to push it, but it felt good. Like I said, I had a chance to work with (fitness coach) Dave Tenney in Kansas City and he’s really good about getting guys a speedy recovery."

Johnson said he wants to play Wednesday in the Community Shield match against Jaguares, but added naturally that that's up to coach Sigi Schmid and that there are lots of capable teammates around if he can't go.