Trade - Alex to Houston for forward Jason Johnson

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.

Filed under: 2015 Regular Season

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  • As soon as I saw the headline, I did the goal dance in celebration.

    Here's hoping Johnson is on the better half of "50/50."

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    For some reason this move fails to impress me, only thing is that Alex
    won't be around here any longer and may be better off elsewhere.
    Not only that but someone in the organization is suffering from brain failure regarding the postponed games, apparently they are deficient in math skills as well as being able to look forward.
    Dumb, dumb, dumb, wish we could get a postponed game when two or three of our top players are out. I think Garber is an ass, but the Fire owns this one.

  • Guillermo, did Alex occupy an international slot? I'm sort of assuming with his green card, Johnson will not, but I can't keep track of the "rules" anymore.

    I guess this puts paid to the idea that FY liked Alex for reasons no one else could see, but it would have been nice to get some more defensive depth rather than another maybe journeyman forward. If we got another international slot in the process, I could see more benefit from the move (setting us up to acquire Perez?). This also makes me wonder, though, if Frank's taking his comments from a couple weeks ago about getting rid of underperforming players in the middle of the season.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    From what I can remember, Alex acquired his green card in June 2014. He did not occupy an international slot.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Alex does indeed have a green card. They don't gain an international spot with this trade

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Ah well, so much for my proto-theory. Have to hope there's hidden value in this somewhere.

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