The Fire have acquired 24 year old forward Jason Johnson from the Houston Dynamo in exchange for midfielder Alex.
Johnson. a Jamaican international who holds a US green card, has scored one goal in 21 appearances for Houston over the last two-plus seasons. He was selected 13th overall in the 2013 Superdraft by the Dynamo after signing a Generation Adidas contract with MLS. He has made three appearances for the Jamaican National Team. He scored once in twelve appearances with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds while on loan last season.
According to the most recent MLSPU player salary report, Johnson earned $121,000.00 in guaranteed compensation last season (base salary of $80K) but the Generation Adidas deal would exempt him from counting against the salary budget if those terms stay the same under the new CBA. Alex made $133,700.00 last season but returned at a lesser rate this year. He theoretically would have counted against one of the twenty senior roster spots so this move potentially could clear up some space for the second half salary of someone like Victor Perez.
Alex made one appearance for the Fire this season.