Many feel that it is inevitable that Eddie Johnson will go to Europe after this MLS season. While this seems like the logical next step in his development, this might be the worst thing he could do in regards to WC'06. A move to Europe after the MLS season would mean almost no break for him in over 18 months leading up to WC'06. If he goes to a major club (MANU has been rumored) he will not start regularly right away and there could be a drop in confidence. He would not be available for many of the USMNT tune-up games that are scheduled in the spring. He would not be available to join the team until a few weeks before the start of the WC'06. Due to all the factors above, IMO it would be better for the USMNT if he did not go to Europe until after WC'06. Of course EJ has to think of himself, but a successful run in WC'06 would send his value through the roof. EJ has said that his tentative target for Europe is after WC'06, which I hope ends up being the case. The only downside to this is his contract only runs through the end of '06, so MLS will not get as much in transfer fee. If EJ wanted to give MLS a nice parting gift, he could re-sign for 2 more years and still take a transfer. Of course this probably means less money for him, so I doubt his agent lets him do that.