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By FRANCO PANIZO
Eddie Johnson is headed back to MLS. For real, this time.
After spending three-and-a-half years in Europe and six months searching for a another club abroad, Johnson agreed to a contract with MLS on Thursday. The 27-year-old forward will go into the league allocation process, and his new team will be determined on Friday.
The expansion Montreal Impact currently have the top spot in the allocation process, followed by the Vancouver Whitecaps, New England Revolution, Toronto FC and Chivas USA.
Johnson's decision to return to MLS comes six months after he turned down an initial offer from the league during the final steps of negotiations.
Johnson, who has not played in an official game since April 23, 2011, has been searching for a club ever since his contract with Fulham expired last summer. He had a deal in place with Puebla this past winter, but that crumbled before him after the Mexican club deemed him not fit enough.
During his stay in Europe, Johnson failed to score for Fulham and was loaned out several times. He spent time with Championship clubs Cardiff City and Preston North End as well as Greek outfit Aris Salonika. Johnson scored twice for Cardiff City and five times for Aris, but he never found the back of the net for Preston North End.
Johnson now returns to where it all began for him. The former U.S. men's national team striker spent the first six seasons of his career in MLS, playing for FC Dallas and the then-Kansas City Wizards. He scored 41 goals in 127 MLS games before signing with Fulham in January 2008.
What do you think of Johnson returning to MLS? Hoping your team picks him up? How do you look back on his time in Europe? How many goals do you see him scoring this season?
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