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Five things we learned from the Seattle Sounders 1-0 loss to the Montreal Impact

By Aaron Campeau




SANDY, UT - NOVEMBER 8: Nat Borchers #6 of Real Salt Lake and Eddie Johnson #7 of the Seattle Sounders fight for the ball during the second half of an MLS Western Conference Semifinals play-off soccer game November 8, 2012 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah
SANDY, UT - NOVEMBER 8: Nat Borchers #6 of Real Salt Lake and Eddie Johnson #7 of the Seattle Sounders fight for the ball during the second half of an MLS Western Conference Semifinals play-off soccer game November 8, 2012 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah

Somewhat related to the previous point, Eddie Johnson's skill set just isn't all that well suited to playing up top alone. EJ's finishing ability and positional awareness are as good as any player in the league, but his hold-up-play and vision leave something to be desired and his effectiveness when drifting into wider areas--as required of a lone striker--is suspect. 

Johnson is unquestionably a tremendous talent, but he's much more effective when given more of a license to find space in the opposition's penalty area and make scoring goals his primary concern. When tasked with leading the line and facilitating Seattle's attacking buildup, his weaknesses as a player are more clearly on display.