San Antonio FC has added to their power up front as they added Jason Johnson to the side, the club announced on Tuesday afternoon. Johnson joins the club after spending the second half of the 2015 season at Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer.
After starting 2015 in Texas with the Houston Dynamo, he was sent on loan to Pittsburgh in USL, before signing for Chicago Fire. That move proved much better for Johnson, who was able to get much better game time in Chicago, playing 20 matches in the season, scoring twice.
That was just one match shy of his entire time at the Dynamo, where he only managed 21 appearances since 2013. Johnson came to MLS with plenty of promise, being given a Generation Adidas contract, no doubt a factor in Houston drafting him 13th.
Johnson played USL in 2015 with his loan deal to Pittsburgh, making 13 appearances for the Riverhounds, managing a goal in his time there. While Johnson’s goal return sounds low, most of Johnson’s appearances have come late off the bench, while also using his strength to provide assists, holding off the defense, or just draw attention to help others have space, something that statistics do not pick up.
As Johnson holds a US Green Card he does not count as a foreign player, which will help SAFC keep a space open for another foreign player. Johnson was traded to Chicago, sending Alex to Houston, who also made 21 appearances.
Johnson has also represented Jamaica, thrice, starting with a baptism of fire against Argentina in his international debut. Johnson has not been able to really solidify a spot in the national team, and will be hoping that SAFC can allow him to get back in to national team.
The signing of Johnson brings the SAFC squad to 13 players, and he becomes the second striker, with things standing he’ll be the starting striker. Johnson could well bring the highest salary so far to SAFC, with a $90,000 salary in 2015, perhaps why Houston let him go to Chicago, who also found him surplus to requirements.