D.C. United's Eddie Johnson apologizes for Twitter barbs
D.C. United forward Eddie Johnson apologized Tuesday for lashing out at fans on social media after a 3-0 loss to Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
The club yielded three goals in 13 minutes in the loss, which marked the club's first losing streak since February.
In one response to a fan, Johnson said he is "not here to please your town buddy."
Johnson reportedly met with coach Ben Olsen on Tuesday.
"There were some things that happened after the game,” Johnson reflected, "and it’s something that I wanted to clarify – as far as me being here and being happy here, and [I want to thank] Ben Olsen and our GM Dave Kasper for sacrificing what they did and investing so much in bringing me here to be a part of the good things we have going on here.
“After games, especially after two losses for us where we had so much to gain as far as team goals and being in the race for the Supporters’ Shield, dropping three points against Houston and dropping three points against Salt Lake, a lot of emotions are going on and sometimes you don’t think before you react. “
This is not the first time Johnson has been involved in a social media controversy.
Late last month, he responded to critical comments from former US men's national team and Houston Dynamo star forward Brian Ching, who questioned Johnson's effort.
Johnson's form has dipped since D.C. United signed him as a designated player in March.
Johnson was not selected for the US men's national team preliminary World Cup roster despite scoring five goals in qualifying matches.
- Chris Johnson