The News Tribune will have a feature on Eddie Johnson in our Tuesday paper. It comes mostly from a 15-minute one-on-one interview with Johnson in the final week of the regular season.
Johnson, of course, has had an up and down season for the Sounders -- mostly up on the pitch, with a couple of downs off of it. However, I think most Sounders fans will be happy to hear that Johnson went out of his way to say that he's happy in Seattle, and he'd like to say, and that he's got nothing to prove in Europe.
I'll have more transcript from the interview later, but this for now:
On proving himself in Europe: I don’t have nothing to prove to anyone in Europe. People don’t realize, this league isgetting so much better. Dempsey’s just turned 30 and he’s back here. There’s many good years left that he could have stayed, and with a big club, but it goes to show you that this league is getting better and why do we need to go over there when we can have an amazing league and attract players like Henry, and Daivd Beckham and Robbie Keane, Tim Cahill, just to name a few – Donovan and all the success that he’s had in his career, playing his whole career in MLS. So why would we want to leave this beautiful country. I don’t have anything to prove to them. If anything, I’ll prove something to them when the U.S. plays England, or the U.S. plays another country in Europe. But it’s about being in a good environment, a professional environment, playing in a league where the level is high enough that you’re going to work hard and you’re going to get better day in and day out, and I’ve done that here these last two years in Seattle: I’ve gotten better as a player.
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On anything he wants to tell Sounders fans: I’m happy here. These last two years (have been) the happiest in a very long time: playing soccer and enjoying my soccer. It’s them fans that are here that believe in me, that are rooting for the team week in and week out. This is where I want to be at. I know there’s a lot of stuff that’s being said in the media and stuff, but I just want to let you guys know that I’m happy here and to keep sticking behind the team in the good and bad like you’ve always done.