Seattle Sounders star Eddie Johnson admits he has some mixed feelings about his recent call-up to the USA national team.
The 29-year old striker is in Juergen Klinsmannâ€™s roster for Fridayâ€™s World Cup qualifier against Jamaica in Kansas City and Tuesdayâ€™s meeting with Panama in Panama City and although he loves representing his nation, its comes at a tough time as the Sounders chase the 2013 MLS Supportersâ€™ Shield.
â€śAny chance to wear the US jersey, itâ€™s an honor and itâ€™s a privilege and itâ€™s something you donâ€™t want to take for granted,â€ť said Johnson.
â€śMyself and Brad Evans, itâ€™s tough to leave our team here because at the start of the season we set goals as a team and winning the Supportersâ€™ Shield is something that Iâ€™d be lying if I said any franchise doesnâ€™t set as one of their goals. Weâ€™re in the race for it, and itâ€™s a tough time to leave.
â€śBut like I said previous times before when we had to leave, if weâ€™re going to leave, we have to go get the job done with the national team. Weâ€™ve got two more World Cup qualifying games and we want to win the group.
â€śThatâ€™s why Klinsmann called in a strong group. Iâ€™m very confident with my teammates back here in Seattle that they can get the job done in two games that we miss.
â€śIt was one thing to get called into national team, but if youâ€™re going and youâ€™re going to take it for granted, youâ€™re not going to get anything out of it. You might as well not even go. Iâ€™m very fortunate and blessed to have this opportunity again, and I want to make the most of it.â€ť
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