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Replay: Eddie Johnson talks about leaving Seattle

Unfortunately, we didn't get any thoughts from Johnson this week, as the club said he was unavailable for interviews.

However, back in preseason when the Sounders faced D.C. in the Carolina Challenge Cup, Johnson did sit down for about 20 minutes, discussing his thoughts about the trade, and speaking extremely warmly about the Sounders and their fans.

The whole interview was blogged at that time, along with a story for the paper. Here's a link to each.

Below, some Sounders comments from this week about facing Johnson again:

Coach Sigi Schmid:On Johnson) Eddie’s still a friend of ours and a friend of the club’s and we wish him nothing but the best except against us. I’m sure he’ll be seeing a lot of the guys that he knows. … It’s going to be a good competitive match. Having to play overtime (Tuesday) took a little more out of us, so we have to make sure our guys are recovered.

On Eddie in the air) Just keep an eye on him. I think we’ve got some guys who are pretty good in the air in the back. Chad Marshall’s pretty good in the air, so is Zach Scott; Anibaba’s good in the air. So whoever we choose to play. But the most important thing – like we teach our defenders – is you have to get on a body inside the 18-yard box. Marking space, the space isn’t going to score a goal on you, the person is. So make sure you find a body and you’re tough tight; so if we do that we’ll be all right.

On Johnson's one goal and one asssit so far with DC) You adjust to a new team. He’s got a different frontrunning partner in Espindola, a guy who likes to go to the flanks and find different areas, and Eddie is another guy who likes to sometimes float wide and look for spaces. So sometimes there’s nobody in the middle, and that’s something they probably have addressed and are looking at. Eddie’s been unlucky. He’s scored a couple of goals this year that were legitimate goals and there were bad offside calls against him. I know he’s hit the woodwork as well. Sometimes with a goal-scorer the difference between having six or seven goals and having one or two is sometimes just the rub of the green.

Defender ZACH SCOTTEddie’s a quality player. You add in that little motivation playing against a team that you just came from, and I think it’s a game that he’ll certainly rise to the occasion to and one that we’ll have to be very good defensively making sure that we’ve got somebody right on him. But D.C. in general is a completely different team than they were last year, so not only Eddie but just the whole team mentality is a team that’s playing with a lot of confidence, and that’s a team that’s a dangerous team.

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