Johnson making impressive strides

October 11, 2004
By Marc Connolly
WASHINGTON -- Bruce Arena's message to Eddie Johnson was simple: "Be ready."

Those were the words the U.S. National Team manager muttered to the 20-year-old striker on Saturday before the Americans defeated El Salvador 2-0 in their latest World Cup qualifying match.

When you haven't played a single minute for the national team despite being called in to several camps and traveling with the team to places like Kingston, Jamaica, those two little words by Arena mean everything. ...

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