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DC United signs ex-Fulham, Seattle striker Johnson as DP

DC United have announced that they have signed Eddie Johnson to a Designated Player contract.

The 29-year old striker joins the Washington club after spending the last two Major League Soccer season with Seattle Sounders where he scored 29 goals in 65 appearances in all competitions.

USA international Johnson was traded to DC in December in exchange for allocation money and has now been signed as a marquee player by the Black-and-Reds.

"Eddie is an elite striker who is in the prime of his career, and we are thrilled that he has made a commitment to DS United," said general manager Dave Kasper in an official statement. "We look forward to Eddie's contributions on and off the field."

Johnson added: "I want to thank DC United for showing faith in me. I'm extremely proud to wear the Black-and-Red, and I am excited to get the season started with my new teammates."

Johnson kicked off his career with FC Dallas in 2001 before joining Sporting Kansas City (then KC Wizards) in 2006.

A move to the English Premier League with Fulham followed where Johnson had loan spells with Cardiff City, Aris Thessaloniki and Preston North End.

The Florida-born forward then returned to MLS ahead of the 2012 MLS season and enjoyed a individually successful two-year spell at CenturyLink Field.

Johnson, who has represented the US on 62 occasions for 19 goals, will make his DC debut in their 2014 MLS season opener against Columbus Crew this weekend.

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