Top Five National Team Moments for Eddie Johnson
Yesterday, U.S. MNT 2006 World Cup veteran Eddie Johnson announced his retirement from professional soccer. To help celebrate his amazing career, we've Listed his top 5 moments from his national team career.
- 1.Scoring the game-winning goal to mark the fourth straight time the U.S. beat Mexico 2-0 in World Cup qualifying in Columbus, sending the U.S. to the 2014 World Cup. He finished with 12 goals in 19 World Cup qualifying games played.
- 2.Becoming the first and only U.S. player in history to score a hat trick as a substitute (it was only his second game, and he did it in 17 minutes!)
- 3.Netting both goals in the big 2-1 victory away to Antigua & Barbuda in 2012, putting home the winner in the 90th minute! Did we mention it was his first game for the National Team in more than two years?
- 4.Johnson received his first cap and scored his first goal for the Senior National Team against El Salvador on October 9, 2004, becoming one of a small group of American players to get his first international goal in a World Cup qualifier.
- 5.Collecting the Golden Shoe as the top scorer in the 2003 World Youth Championship in United Arab Emirates