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Hopefully Eddie Johnson will mature and switch to a club that is better than Benfica.
 

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Actually the deal stunk out right on two areas. First Benfica offered 5Mil but it was $2.5 Mil up front and 2.5 in incentives. The 2.5 in incentives were based on appearences Game winning goals and alike. Over the years most european clubs have found it hard to collect those payments short of court action.

2) The dreaded transfer window. The MLS on completion of this deal would have 10 days to find a replacement player of Marque stature for Dallas and since the FA window was over in January, they would only be able to pick up a player that is currently out of contract.So the MLS would have to wait til their next window which is in August.

One only has to look at the Beasley saga last year when Chicago fell like a brick after losing him and unable to pick up a player to replace him especially in August when all of Europe is looking to strengthen their squads for the upcomming season.

Here's the MLS statement

Johnson targeted by Benfica
By Brian Trusdall - Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK (March 12, 2005) AP - Major League Soccer rejected a domestic record $5 million transfer offer from 33-time Portuguese champion Benfica for FC Dallas forward Eddie Johnson, a league spokesman said Friday. With incentives, the total compensation would have topped the approximately $4 million Manchester United paid two years ago for MetroStars goalkeeper Tim Howard, Simon Borg said. Benfica's offer came during the European transfer window in January. MLS is a single-entity league in which the league negotiates and signs all contracts and pays its players out of a central fund.

Johnson, who turns 21 on March 31, has played four years for Dallas and shared the league lead in goals last season (12) with Brian Ching of the San Jose Earthquakes. Johnson also has scored six goals in four games since making his debut in October for the U.S. national team.

``The player, the club and the league felt that the timing and the offer itself just did not work,'' Borg said. ``The upcoming MLS season is an important one for both Eddie Johnson and FC Dallas, and Eddie is committed to the club with its new stadium opening in August.''

Johnson would have been the second MLS player to join to Benfica in the past 15 months. Zach Thornton left the Chicago Fire to sign with Benfica on a free transfer last year. He returned to the Fire late last season.

MLS has transferred three prominent young players to European clubs in the last seven months. Chicago midfielder DaMarcus Beasley left in August to join PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands, and D.C. United midfielder Bobby Convey went to Reading in England at about the same time.

Landon Donovan, who won two titles in four years with the San Jose Earthquakes and was a key member of the U.S. team that reached the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup, returned to Germany's Bayer Leverkusen in January.
 

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He needs to go to PSV lol
 

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Or play for Deportivo Tachira in Venezuela ...... ;)
 

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^UMMMM Nope
 

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thats big money hopefully he continues doing well i wonder when his fire is gonna go out
 
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