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7/24/07 8:39 PM
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Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Eddie Johnson, Major League Soccer's leading scorer, has turned down a transfer from the Kansas City Wizards to Derby of England's Premier League. Peter Vermes, the Wizards' technical director, said Tuesday that Johnson made the decision earlier this month after returning from U.S. national team duty at the Copa America. "There was an offer for Eddie, and Eddie decided he wanted to stay with the Kansas City Wizards and play in MLS," Vermes said. Vermes said he could not confirm the terms of the transfer fee offered by Derby, said to be in the $3.6 million range. Derby won promotion to the Premier League this past season, after being relegated from England's top division following the 2001-02 season. "For Eddie to stay says a lot about our league and a lot about the Kansas City Wizards," Vermes said. "Everyone says when our players get good enough, they go to Europe. Now here's Eddie Johnson, and he's staying." Johnson was not immediately available for comment. "He is young, has great pace and also a point to prove because he has never played in England before," Derby manager Billy Davies was quoted as saying in the July 19 editions of the Derby Evening Telegraph. "He scores goals for fun and has started the American season like a house on fire. He is the most valued player in the MLS. Very few American players have come to this country and failed. They have a lot to offer, they are fit and they are very good professionals." The 23-year-old forward, the first U.S. player to score eight goals in his first eight international games, has thrived under first-year Kansas City coach Curt Onalfo. He has 12 goals in 11 games for the Wizards - a spectacular comeback from a 2006 slump that saw him score just twice in 19 games - and has scored twice this year for the national team. This was the second time in a little more than two years that a European team has tried and failed to land Johnson. MLS, which signs all of its players to contracts, rejected a proposed transfer to the Portuguese club Benfica in March 2005, when he was playing for FC Dallas. Johnson trained with Reading, another Premier League club, this past offseason.
7/24/07 9:04 PM
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He needs to take his ass on to the EPL. It will be the best thing for him in the long run. I guess he likes being the big fish in the little pond as he is in MLS but MLS is not making him much better than he is now nor will it get him ready to actually step up with consistency in international competition.
7/24/07 9:10 PM
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One question. Why? Why the fuck wouldn't you go and give it a shot? You saw what Bent did last year on a shit team and then got paid...madness.
7/24/07 9:45 PM
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What a tard
7/25/07 12:54 PM
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Landonitis imo.
7/25/07 3:53 PM
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Just some points from both sides on what I've read across the internet: Consensus on some message boards is that he's actually waiting until the January transfer window for better offers from more European teams, being that he's actually doing very well in the MLS at the mo'. That is assuming of course, that he continues to play dominantly in the MLS. Further, people are downplaying Derby as an option for him, assuming they'll end up relegated back to the Championship at the end of the season. Moreover, Derby isn't a place where his talents could best be utilised. On the other hand, others feel he has a weak work ethic and is comfortable staying in the MLS (aka Donovan's Disorder), which leads people to question whether or not he really wants to improve as a player. Some feel that the excuse of Derby being an inferior squad is a rather weak argument, considering they are in the Prem. You don't get to the Prem by being an inferior squad. Again, these aren't my thoughts...just some common arguments people are bringing up on the net that I've read.
7/25/07 4:05 PM
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Yep, it is of course possible he knows of other interest that the public doesn't....but on the face of it, it looks like he's shying away from a challenge.

7/25/07 5:57 PM
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I couldn't see a more perfect opportunity for him. He'd be in the Premiership and, based on the comments I've seen from Billy Davies about EJ, he'd be almost a guaranteed starter every week. I doubt he would get more playing time at another club than he would have at Derby
8/7/07 8:39 PM
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Ouch - what an idiot. Does he think you can try and get the number in the 6 million range like it was reported when he was scoring boatloads of goals?
8/8/07 5:42 AM
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Im a Derby fan so a little bit pissed of that he would not join us. The guy is using the fact that we are in all prob the weekest team in this years prem as an excuse - He doesnt have the balls to take the next step up. Big fish little pond syndrome.

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