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Here's EJ's "Pay me" message to fans

His response:

"Sometimes as an athlete or a human being you go through so much in your life. No one’s perfect. I don’t think it was me trying to come at the club or anything. Sometimes different people have different upbringings. From my sake, I don’t come from a lot. I come from a single mom; I’m one of three. My whole thing in playing this sport and being the father of two is being able to provide for all of them. Sometimes when you work hard in life, sometimes you just want to be rewarded. But at the same time you’ve got to be patient. I guess it was the first thing that came into my mind. But that’s behind me. Kind of came off Twitter because a lot of the fans didn’t like that. But just for the fans, I’m happy here in Seattle --couldn’t be happier to be in a better professional environment playing with such great players and wonderful organization."

Johnson was asked if he had seen the club response agreeing he deserves more money.

"The most important thing is your health," he said. "You want to stay healthy. IN this sport injuries occur, and at the end of the day when you’re playing your best you want to try to capitalize on it. But like I said – I keep reiterating to (GM Adrian Hanauer, coach Sigi Schmid, sporting director Chris Henders) and all those guys – my heart is here. I’m happy in Seattle. The success that I’m having on the field is just a credit them guys giving me a second chance to do what I love to do, and that’s play soccer."

More from EJ on other topics:

Overview on his time away: Anytime you get a chance to wear the American shirt you want to make the most of it because you never know when that chance might come again. It’s funny because Clint and I both talked about how we both haven’t scored against Mexico -- whether it was a friendly or a World Cup qualifier. We were roommates, so that was one of our motivations: to get that monkey off our back. It was a good game. It was everything it was built up to be. We know (Mexico is) a fantastic team who's going through a bit of a challenging moment right now ... but we knew nothing was going to change as far as their style of play and how they approach games. The first 20 minutes, they were really good. We knew going into the game that they were going to have a lot of the ball, because that’s how they like to play. It was just about picking our moments as far as how we were going to press high up the field. Being dangerous on set pieces is something the coaches talked about, and we practiced on our running in the box — myself, Omar (Gonzalez), Clarence Goodson and Clint — the day before the game. We were very fortunate to score on a set piece.

On health after tumble in Mexico game and travel: I feel good. Got examined and everything, and everything was fine. But most important, it was good to qualify for the World Cup and get that off our backs, so we can relax now. It’s good being back here. The team has been on a fantastic roll. We’ve been keeping up with the way they’ve been playing the last two games. It’s going to be a fun game tomorrow in front of a good crowd. We look forward to helping these guys out who have been doing such a good job these last two games.