CHESTER, Pa. — A look at the statistics will show Eddie Johnson's scoring drought at 786 minutes for club and country. But those numbers don't tell the full story.
Although Johnson hasn't scored in eight matches for D.C. United and four for the U.S. national team since striking for the Seattle Sounders in November, the striker has actually found net twice in recent weeks — and seen both tallies wrongly waved off for offside.
Replays showed Johnson was onside when he seemingly scored a late winner in the USA's 2-2 draw with Mexico on April 2. And a closer look showed Johnson even with the second-to-last defender Saturday when he got behind the back line and chipped Zac MacMath in the first half of D.C. United's 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union.
"It doesn't concern me at all," Johnson said of the drought. "I feel like I can't get a break right now. I feel like I was onside on the goal today, but the most (important) thing is just keep putting myself in good spots."
Asked postgame about Johnson's scoring slump, United coach Ben Olsen interjected: "He did score today. I don't know if that's a technicality."
Officially, however, Johnson remains scoreless in 2014 heading into a likely call-up to the U.S. national team's pre-World Cup camp. Although his seven goals in 21 appearances under U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann seemingly make him a safe bet for the 30-man preliminary roster, the 2006 World Cup veteran's place on the final 23-player squad is less assured.
"If I'm picked upon in the camp next week, I know what it's like," Johnson said. "I've been in those camps for (the past two) cycles, and it's an honor and a privilege to go into those camps. To have an opportunity to represent your country in a World Cup, that's something no one can take away from you."
With Jozy Altidore penciled in as the USA's starting striker in Klinsmann's typical 4-2-3-1 formation, Johnson is competing with the likes of Aron Johannsson, Chris Wondolowski, Terrence Boyd and Juan Agudelo for two or three reserve forward spots, though he can also play a wide midfield role.
"Any time you're with the full team you have to rev it up, and I think he's prepared to do that," Olsen said. "He's been to the World Cup, he's versatile. Obviously I'd like to see him go. I think he's a guy that really helped that team.
"Thank God I'm not making that decision — that's a tough selection process.
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