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Ex-Fulham striker Johnson comes clean with DC United teammates

DC United striker Eddie Johnson has explained to his teammates that recent comments he made were taken out of context.

The USA international told MLSsoccer.com that players at his former club Seattle Sounders were of better quality and that he did not have to do as much work there has he has had to do with DC.

Johnson said earlier his week: "…in Seattle - and no disrespect to the guys that are here - I felt like I didn't have to run as much because we had better guys that had more quality on the ball. I feel like the styles are completely different."

However, Johnson took to the DC dressing room to address his teammates and state to them that he was not suggesting they are not as good as his former teammates in Seattle.

"It was very important for me to take the guys aside this morning and tell them, 'Look, the words were misperceived,'" he told the Washington Post's Insider.

"I wasn't trying to go at my teammates. It was more [about] adapting to this new style that I have to get used to. That is what has been challenging."

The former FC Dallas, Fulham and Cardiff City forward added: "I wanted to give them peace of mind.

"I don't want them to think I am better than them. That's always been the perception of my career: I'm a prima donna, I'm a bad teammate, I'm bad in the locker room. That's not the case."

Since joining DC from Seattle, Johnson has made seven MLS appearances for no goals and one assist.

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