Portland Timbers have officially confirmed the addition of RSL midfielder Will Johnson.
A press release quotes him as saying:
“I’m very excited to be joining the Timbers and to play at JELD-WEN Field in front of some of the most fanatic fans in the league,” said Johnson.
“I can’t wait to get to town, see everything and meet everyone. I hope that my experience winning in the league can be translated into success in Portland. My goal is to help make Portland a winning organization.”
Johnson, 25, joins the Timbers after five seasons with Real Salt Lake, where he ranks among the club’s career leaders in games (114) and minutes played (9,445).
The 2009 MLS All-Star scored nine goals and recorded eight assists for Real Salt Lake and was a key member of the club’s MLS Cup-winning season in 2009 and its run to the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League final.
“Will is a proven player in MLS and has experience winning an MLS Cup championship,” said Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson.
“He will be a key piece moving forward and brings a winning mentality that we feel will be very important to our culture; he is mentally tough and his attitude is infectious. He is also extremely versatile in our system.”
Johnson, who scored the MLS Goal of the Year in 2008, recorded a career-high three goals and matched a career high with three assists over 26 regular-season matches during the 2012 campaign.