Seattle Sounders Eddie Johnson forward wasted no time in making his presence known on the U.S. Men's National Team. Now, thanks to him, the team can breathe a little easier as they attempt to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
Appearing in his first game for the U.S. National team in two years, Johnson scored both goals against Antigua and Barbuda as the U.S. squeaked away with a 2-1 victory on Friday night and moved one step closer to qualification.
Johnson, who leads the Sounders in goals with 14 this year, was added to the squad by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, taking the spot that was previously occupied by Jozy Altidore.
The U.S. struggled a bit against Antigua and Barbuda, but took a 1-0 lead when Graham Zusi lobbed the ball into the box following a corner kick, which Johnson was able to inch past goalkeeper Molvin James. He scored his second goal on another header in the waning minutes of the second half stoppage time to give the U.S. the lead it needed.
Here is a video of Johnson's first goal:
And a video of the second goal:
The U.S. still needs a tie against Guatemala on Tuesday to be assured of advancing to the final round of the CONCACAF World cup qualifying next year.