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Johnson misses training by coach's decision

Sounders' leading scorer Eddie Johnson left Sounders training angrily on Tuesday and was missing today. Apparently since then he has sent some unhappy-sounding posts on social media.

After training today, coach Sigi Schmid was asked if the absence was related to health or something else.

"Eddie’s absence today at training was basically my decision," Schmid said.

He was asked how big an issue this will be going forward.

"It’s not an issue at all because we’re focused as a team to do well and to be successful," Schmid said. "He’s been a big part of our team. It’s some things that we’ll work through."

Johnson, of course, created a controversy earlier this season after celebrating an Aug. 31 goal at Columbus by rubbing his fingers together and mouthing the words "Pay me." Johnson makes about $150,000 this season, which ranks him about seventh on the team.