HOW ACQUIRED: Signed a two-year deal with an option for a third as a free agent on Dec. 28, 2016.
One of the most successful midfielders in MLS history, Johnson signed with Orlando City prior to the 2017 season to re-unite with former coach Jason Kreis. The two were together for five seasons at Real Salt Lake, lifting the 2009 MLS Cup. Johnson went on to win the 2015 MLS Cup with Portland Timbers before helping Toronto FC reach the final in 2016. His toughness and technical ability should be a boost to a midfield that had a lot of rotation in 2017.
OUTSIDE MLS: Johnson began his youth career with the Blackburn Rovers youth squad in 2003, and later moved to Dutch Eredivisie side SC Heerenveen prior to the 2006-07 season. He made 14 appearances and was later loaned to De Graafschap for the 2007-08 season, where he made 39 appearances and scored three goals for the club.
INTERNATIONAL: Johnson has 41 caps with Canada since making his senior debut as an 18-year-old on Nov. 16, 2005. He has been a member of Canada's squad for three CONCACAF Gold Cups. He became a fixture in the Canadian midfield in 2011, playing in 11 of the team’s 12 contests and ending the season as one of 10 finalists for the BMO Canadian Player of the Year honor. Johnson was a prominent member of the Canada U-23 National Team during the 2008 Olympic cycle was named to the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying competition’s All-Tournament Team. Johnson also had three starts at both the 2005 and 2007 FIFA World Youth Championships in Holland and Canada, respectively.
NOTES: 2-time MLS Cup Champion (2009, 2015)...3-time MLS All-Star (2009, 2013, 2014)...MLS Goal of the Year (2008)