United close to acquiring Johnson

December 16, 2013
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Expecting a resolution on the Eddie Johnson matter soon …

As the Insider reported Saturday, D.C. United is smitten with the U.S. national team forward, who is done in Seattle after two seasons and 23 league goals.

The latest:

United is close to reaching a deal to acquire him. It’s close but not final. If all pieces fall into place — including MLS approval — the move could be announced sometime Tuesday.

The Galaxy is all but out of the running. Philadelphia was interested at various points, but at last check, was no longer in contention.

Johnson and the Sounders have parted ways, but because he is under contract in 2014, Seattle maintains his rights and will receive compensation, most likely in the form of allocation money. The amount is unclear and, given MLS’s secrecy on such matters, will probably never be revealed publicly.

There are no plans, from what I can tell, for United to relinquish the No. 1 overall pick in the draft next month. Seattle wants to put the issue to rest and stock-pile allocation cash in order to further address the roster this winter after the 2013 shortcomings.

Although Johnson has a contract through next season at an estimated $175,000, United is prepared to tear it up and sign him to a multiyear pact at a higher rate. DCU is under no obligation to do so, but in order to make the transaction happen and make Johnson happy, the club does plan to provide a pay raise. One trusted contact believes he will become a designated player ($370,000-plus). With Dwayne De Rosario’s departure, United does not have any DPs.

 

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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