By Alan Duffy
Fight! Fight! Fight! Well, at least one punch/slap/shove/prod (you decide) was thrown at the end of a US Open Cup game between San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders in San Francisco. The proud owner of said ‘assault’ was none other than former Fulham attacker, Eddie Johnson, who, at the final whistle runs over to taunt the losing San Jose bench. He then appears to strike one of the San Jose subs before a bit of a hoo-haa ensues.
The incident starts at around 54:00 down in the bottom left corner. Enjoy…
While he clearly acted like a toolbag, it’s still uncertain just how aggressive Johnson’s slap/shove was – though the recipient, San Jose’s Jed Zayner, told the press after the game: “To have a guy who’s played on the national team and is supposedly a professional celebrate in front of our bench, which is wrong, and then to hit me. It’s unbelievable.”
Teammate Chris Wondolowski also backed Zayner’s story up: “Eddie Johnson was celebrating in front of our bench and yelling at our fans, and Jed told him just go do it over on his side. And he took a swing and hit Jed in the eye.”
We imagine a large fine and matching suspension may be in the post and on the way over to the Johnson household this morning.