TORONTO, Ontario. December 28 (TS) – Orlando City confirmed Wednesday they’ve signed free agent Will Johnson to a multi-year deal.
Despite being an important player for Toronto FC in 2016, Johnson saw his playing time decrease late in the season, leaving him little choice but to explore free agency.
And now he’s reunited with head coach Jason Kreis, who coached Johnson while the pair were in Salt Lake City.
Amid a 2016 playoff run in which Johnson started just one game for Toronto, the Canadian midfielder said he expected to play a bigger role down the stretch.
Therefore, playing time was one of the first boxes he needed to tick in determining where to feature in 2017.
Johnson’s departure leaves the Reds with considerably less mettle in midfield while putting an immense amount of added pressure on Armando Cooper heading into his first full MLS season.
With both Michael Bradley and Cooper expected to log an enormous amount of international and MLS games next year, Johnson would have been an important piece to play big minutes.
Instead, those minutes might need to be supplemented by Benoit Cheyrou, Jay Chapman and Jonathan Osorio, all of whom are considerably different players.
We understand the Reds wanted Johnson back, but couldn’t compete with the offer Orlando presented the two-time MLS Cup champion.
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