Will Johnson (soccer)

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Will Johnson
Will Johnson - Canada - El Salvador July 7 2009.png
Will Johnson in Canada kit vs. El Salvador 7 July 2009
Personal information
Full nameWilliam David Johnson
Date of birth(1987-01-21) January 21, 1987 (age 26)
Place of birthToronto, Ontario, Canada
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubPortland Timbers
Number4
Youth career
1996–1998Woodridge Storm
2003–2004Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2004Chicago Fire Reserves0(0)
2005Chicago Fire6(1)
2006–2008Heerenveen14(1)
2007–2008De Graafschap (loan)26(2)
2008–2012Real Salt Lake114(9)
2013–Portland Timbers0(0)
National team
2005–2007Canada U2032(5)
2008Canada U233(3)
2005–Canada31(3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 3, 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 16, 2012
 
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Will Johnson
Will Johnson - Canada - El Salvador July 7 2009.png
Will Johnson in Canada kit vs. El Salvador 7 July 2009
Personal information
Full nameWilliam David Johnson
Date of birth(1987-01-21) January 21, 1987 (age 26)
Place of birthToronto, Ontario, Canada
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubPortland Timbers
Number4
Youth career
1996–1998Woodridge Storm
2003–2004Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2004Chicago Fire Reserves0(0)
2005Chicago Fire6(1)
2006–2008Heerenveen14(1)
2007–2008De Graafschap (loan)26(2)
2008–2012Real Salt Lake114(9)
2013–Portland Timbers0(0)
National team
2005–2007Canada U2032(5)
2008Canada U233(3)
2005–Canada31(3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 3, 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 16, 2012

William "Will" Johnson (born January 21, 1987 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian soccer player who currently plays for Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer and the Canada national soccer team.

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Club career

Youth

Johnson was born in Canada, but moved shortly afterwards to England where he started playing soccer, attending the Merchant Taylors' School in Crosby, near Liverpool. When he was 10 his family once again moved, this time to Woodridge, Illinois, and he played youth soccer for the Chicago Sockers. Johnson later returned to England to play for the youth team of Blackburn Rovers in the 2003-04 season. However, after the season he left Blackburn and returned to Illinois. He was on the roster of Chicago Fire Premier in the USL Premier Development League, but did not feature in any PDL games.

Chicago Fire

In 2005, Johnson was signed by the Chicago Fire as a discovery player. Johnson played most of the year for the reserve team but he did play in six games for the senior team, where he scored a goal. After the year the Fire offered him a $28,000 contract, which he rejected. Johnson then went on a trial with Heerenveen, which was successful, and they signed him to a one year deal plus a club option for two more years.

Netherlands

He made 14 appearances, all as a sub, for Heerenveen in the 2006-2007 season, scoring the second goal in a 2-0 defeat of NEC Nijmegen on 27 December 2006. For the 2007-2008 season he was on loan to Doetinchem side De Graafschap, who were promoted as champions of the Dutch Eerste Divisie. Again he mostly made sub appearances and he returned to SC Heerenveen for the 2008-09 season. While back training in Heerenveen for preseason, Real Salt Lake offered Johnson a contract and a new opportunity which he accepted and decided to depart Holland for the United States.

Real Salt Lake

Johnson signed with Major League Soccer on August 16, 2008. Chicago Fire traded his rights to Real Salt Lake in return for a conditional 4th round 2009 MLS Superdraft pick and a conditional 2nd round 2011 MLS Superdraft pick.[1]

Johnson won the MLS Goal of the Year in 2008 for a goal scored against FC Dallas on October, 18 in Rio Tinto Stadium. He was called up for the 2009 MLS All-Star Game against English Premier League side Everton F.C. He was one of three players to score their penalties in the penalty shootout against American goalkeeper Tim Howard. He started and played 45 minutes for Real Salt Lake in the 2009 MLS Cup final against the Los Angeles Galaxy despite a bout with food poisoning, with his side ultimately winning in a penalty shootout.[citation needed]

Portland Timbers

Johnson was traded to the Portland Timbers on December 3, 2012 as part of a salary cap issue, along with the trade and release of six other players, including starters Jamison Olave, Fabian Espindola, and substitute Jonny Steele.[2]


International career

In the summers of 2005 and 2007, Johnson played for the U-20 Canadian national team at the 2005 and 2007 World Youth Championships in the Netherlands and Canada respectively. Johnson also played very well for the Canada U-23 side during qualifying for the 2008 Olympics. Johnson scored three goals in three games during the tournament.

He made his senior debut for Canada in a November 2005 friendly match against Luxembourg. By December 2009, he had earned a total of 10 caps, scoring no goals. He has so far represented Canada in 2 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[3] Johnson provided the assist to André Hainault winning goal against Belarus on March 29, 2011. He scored his first international goal in a World Cup Qualifying match against Saint Lucia on September 2, 2011.[4]

International goals

GoalDateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.September 2, 2011BMO Field, Toronto, Canada Saint Lucia4–14–12014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2.August 15, 2012Central Broward Regional Park, Lauderhill, United States Trinidad and Tobago2–02–0Friendly match
3.October 12, 2012BMO Field, Toronto, Canada Cuba2–03–02014 FIFA World Cup qualification

Personal

Johnson's grandfather is Brian Birch who had a successful career with Bolton Wanderers, picking up an FA Cup winners medal in 1958.[5]

Honours

Real Salt Lake

Individual

Club Statistics

ClubSeasonLeagueLeaguePlayoffCupContinentalTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Chicago Fire2005MLS61---61
SC Heerenveen2006-07Eredivisie141---141
De Graafschap (loan)2007-08Eredivisie262---262
Real Salt Lake2008MLS9230--122
200926140--301
2010281202263386
2011252302060362
201226320--283
Club total11491404212314414
Career total160131404212319018

Last updated on January 7, 2013

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