Fucito and Neagle gone as Sounders Sign Eddie Johnson

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Photo: US Soccer

A teleconference took place on Friday night in which newly acquired Sounders FC forward Eddie Johnson participated alongside Sounders FC General Manager Adrian Hanauer, Head Coach Sigi Schmid and Technical Director Chris Henderson.

Johnson signed with MLS on February 17, 2012 and was selected on February 18, 2012 by Montreal Impact via allocation process. The Impact were top of the allocation list of sides with rights to incoming players.

He was immediately traded by Montreal to Sounders FC in exchange for Mike Fucito and Lamar Neagle.

The loss of Neagle, a local boy from Federal Way WA, was received with widespread sadness by a large swathe of the Sounders fanbase, with initial reaction on chat boards proving hostile to the transaction.

Neagle netted a famous hat trick in the 6-2 win over Columbus Crew and scored a vital goal in the MLS play-off against Salt Lake, which nearly rescued a 3-0 deficit.

His willingness to attend fan events and mingle with his fellow Seattleites had increased the popularity gained from his on field performances, as had his easy going and likable demeanour.

Mike Fucito too was not without some very devoted fans.

Neagle scored a hat trick v Columbus/Photo: Rick Morrison

Reaction in Montreal was upbeat.

“We have made our team much stronger today,” said Impact head coach Jesse Marsch.

“Mike Fucito is a dynamic and talented young forward who we believe is on the verge of having a great year and establishing himself as a very good forward in MLS.

Lamar Neagle is a player who is a very good offensive threat from wide positions and has also shown that he can score goals.”

Johnson scored a career-high 15 goals in 24 games with the Kansas City Wizards in 2007. He has 42 caps for the USA but has not featured on a regular basis in recent matches.

Vancouver Whitecaps now assume top place in the allocation order.

Neagle and Fucito join another 2011 Sounder Tyson Wahl in Quebec.

The machinations began on Thursday when Brian Ching was returned to his Houston home by Marsch in return for a draft pick.

With their offensive firepower removed, Montreal head hunted Neagle and Fucito with returning US international Johnson as the bait.

Johnson joined the Sounders squad in Florida on Saturday and played the first half hour in a 5-0 romp over Florida Gulf Coast before leaving with a pulled hamstring.

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Steve is the founder and owner of Prost Amerika. He covered the expansion of MLS soccer in Cascadia at first hand. As Editor in Chief of soccerly.com, he was accredited at the 2014 World Cup Final. He is the former President of the North American Soccer Reporters Association/ Originally from Glasgow, he is a supporter of the Great Glasgow Alternative, Partick Thistle.


  1. I think it is hard to disapprove of Eddie Johnson at this point, but if he were to turn out to be a bust for us, we are all going to be sitting around wishing we still had Neagle and Fucito. I have some pretty found memories of both those guys, and we all know that Johnson could either excel, or disappoint. But I guess you do have to roll the dice on occasion.