Johnson equalizes late to force draw with Impact

Eddie Johnson

By RYAN TOLMICH

Fresh off of his exclusion from this summer’s World Cup roster, Eddie Johnson ended his goal-scoring drought with a late-game equalizer, earning D.C. United a 1-1 draw with the Montreal Impact.

Johnson’s 84th minute header canceled out Jack McInerney’s 56th minute opener, his second since joining the Canadian side. A turnover in the midfield found its way to the always dangerous Justin Mapp, who dribbled the ball to the touchline before finding an open McInerney in the middle of the box. The 21-year old striker made no mistake as he touched the ball up to himself before sliding the ball past Bill Hamid to give the Impact the lead.

The hosts pushed forward from there, earning their fair share of chances to leave RFK Stadium with some sort of result, the most notable of which came in the 73rd minute via a Luis Silva crossbar rattler.

But it was Johnson, one of the more highly- publicized exclusions from Jurgen Klinsmann’s 30-man U.S. Men’s National Team squad, who scored his first goal as a member of D.C. United, earning his team a well-deserved point. The 30-year-old American did what he does best by heading home Fabian Espindola’s cross for his first goal in 736 minutes of league play.

A good stretch of passing led to a cutting Espindola on the left side of the box with plenty of space. The Argentine whipped a cross to the back post to find the head of a leaping Johnson, who headed straight into the bottom left corner.

With the draw, D.C. move into a three-way tie for third in the Eastern Conference with two and three games in hand over the Houston Dynamo and New York Red Bulls, respectively. Meanwhile, the Impact remain at the bottom of the table with just six points from nine games.

D.C. United will now enter a stretch of contests with three Eastern Conference contenders in 14 days when they take on the Houston Dynamo, New England Revolution and Sporting Kansas City consecutively. The Impact, meanwhile, will look to climb back up the table next week when they head to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park to take on the Colorado Rapids.

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13 Responses to Johnson equalizes late to force draw with Impact

  1. Artie says:

    Eddie Johnson? Didn’t he used to play for the US National Team?

    • Paul says:

      I saw Johnson play once. He was the best. Run, kick, head… he was the best. But those guys are all gone now. Nah, that’s not Shoeless Eddie Johnson.

  2. Dante says:

    He’s lucky he was even on the field. He should have been red carded for kicking Perkins in the face.

  3. Brian S. says:

    I know I’m really reaching here but I wish Mapp had gotten a look with the national team in the last couple of years. He has a different level of pace with the ball that is similair to Donovan in his prime and has fantastic vision and touch. Just my two cents.

  4. Vasco says:

    Well a tie is disappointing. Last year though this game would have been a loss, so some improvement there.

    The next three games will show where we are. Does keeping New England under five goals count as a win, or maybe get at least a point? LOL

  5. Kung Fu Kangaroos says:

    Being angry after the USA snub … maybe Eddie will go on a tear … then Klinsmann brings him into the final 23 on fire? Wouldn’t put it pass the Kaiser.

    • Vasco says:

      not 100% on this, but the 30 chosen are the only 30 he can chose from now.

      june 2, he has to cut to 23, then it is just those 23.

      • Bac says:

        No, once he’s chosen the 23, and those 23 names are turned in, if someone is injured after that prior to the start of the WC, a replacement can be named.. the replacement doesn’t have to come from the provisional 30. The injured player’s injuries must be documented…
        I think…