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Eddie Johnson formally retires

In a long-expected move, Eddie Johnson has formally retired.

Former D.C. United and United States international forward Eddie Johnson has officially announced his retirement today. He is going to be recognized at halftime of the D.C. United-New York Red Bulls playoff game this afternoon, which will cap a career that ended far too soon.

Johnson had only one season with United and had been expected to make a bigger difference this year; his first season started slowly, but down the stretch he became one of United's key players. His stretch here comes after a long career with Seattle Sounders, Fulham, FC Dallas, the Kansas City Wizards, and others.

This move has been long-expected, and likely means that Johnson and the league have finally come to a resolution on his contract dispute. Johnson is retiring due to a heart ailment, and the timing of when that ailment was known is at the center of the contract dispute.

Best wishes for Eddie and what comes next for him.