Sam Johnson Makes MLS Debut

Liberia international striker Sam Johnson has made his debut in the American Major League Soccer for his new club, Real Salt Lake Football Club.

Johnson came off the bench in his debut on Saturday, March 2, the opening day of the MLS season. The game resulted in a 1-1 draw for Real Salt Lake, which was playing away at the Houston Dynamos.

Johnson, who joined Real Salt Late in January from Norwegian club Valerenga IF, entered the game in the 50th minute.

Real Salt Lake was heading for their three points after leading the game for more than 20 minutes. The visitors got the match’s opening goal in the 40th minute through Slovak international midfielder, Albert Rusnak and defended their lead until the end of the first half as they went to the break with the advantage.

With the hopes of scoring more goals to secure their lead, Real Salt Lake coach Mike Petke introduced Johnson in place of the 23-year-old American midfielder Corey Baird. However, there were no goals for Real Salt Lake again, with Houston scoring the only goal in the second half.

Colombian striker Mauro Paez scored in the 62nd minute to level the score. There were no goals for Sam Johnson on his debut in the Major League Soccer as his Real Salt Lake were held to a 1-1 draw.

The 27-year-old Liberian striker transferred to Real Salt Lake as a designated player from Valerenga for a fee of around $850,000. He signed a two-year deal which will see him earn $650,000 per year. He scored 11 goals in 23 games for the Norwegian side before his departure.

Featured photo courtesy of Real Salt Lake

T Kla Wesley Jr.

T. Kla Wesley Jr. is a member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia.

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