Will Johnson made clear over the weekend that he will explore other options after this season, as he is seeking a bigger role than what he currently has with Toronto FC. He knows what he is capable of and was in MVP conversations in 2013 with Portland.
That was very likely his best year as a professional soccer player with nine goals and five assists. He helped the Timbers turn the corner to become a true contender. He brought a grit to the team that they did not have before.
The question is this: Can he replicate the season he had in 2013? As we all know, he went down with a serious injury in September of 2014, and it took him a good year to get back on track.
This year with Toronto, he recorded two goals and five assists playing about 1,000 minutes less than what he played in 2013 when he put up career numbers.
In other words, Johnson is still capable of filling a stat sheet in a big way. Simultaneously, his market value has probably dropped along with his minutes. And now he is open to other offers.
Surely Craig Waibel has a plan in mind to strengthen the team, and it’s hard to see where Johnson would have a role he’d be happy with as long as RSL keeps playing games with just three midfielders on the field at a time.
Even though it may be unlikely, it’s not out of the question. Do you think RSL should bring Will Johnson back to Salt Lake City?