December 31, 2009
Fulham sends Johnson to Aris (Greece)
U.S. international forward Eddie Johnson has been loaned to Aris FC in Greece by Fulham FC of the English First Division.
Johnson's loan will run through June 30.
Once one of the promising young players in U.S. Soccer, Johnson's star has fallen in recent years due to performance and injuries. He hardly played at Fulham.
On Dec. 9, the Daily Mail reported that Johnson was put up for transfer.
Fulham has been trying to free up some money on its salary side.
Among the players up for transfer, according to a circular to Premier League and Championship teams are Seol Ki-Hyeon, Fredrik Stoor, Toni Kallio and David Elm.
Those players, including Johnson, have made only four substitute appearances this season.
Johnson is trying to impress U.S. national coach Bob Bradley to make the World Cup team in the wake of the injury to Charlie Davies.
Johnson came on in the 61st minute of the 3-1 loss at Denmark Nov. 18, failing to make an impact. He looked particularly unambitious and was reluctant to take on Denmark’s defenders for the few promising passes that found their way into his vicinity.