Jason Johnson (Jamaican footballer)

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Jason Johnson
Personal information
Date of birth (1990-10-09) October 9, 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Happy News, Jamaica
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Phoenix Rising
Number 14
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 VCU Rams
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Houston Dynamo 21 (1)
2014Pittsburgh Riverhounds (loan) 12 (1)
2015 Chicago Fire 20 (2)
2016 San Antonio FC 27 (3)
2017– Phoenix Rising 59 (20)
National team
2011 Jamaica U23 2 (0)
2010– Jamaica 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 16, 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 24, 2014

Jason Johnson (born October 9, 1990) is a Jamaican international footballer who currently plays for Phoenix Rising FC in the USL.



After starring at Knox College and then Manchester High School in Mandeville, Jamaica, Johnson moved to the United States and enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010, which is also where he would continue his football career.[1] In his first year at VCU, Johnson made 12 appearances and finished tied for second on the team with four goals and three assists. He was also named Third Team All-CAA and CAA All-Rookie Team honoree. In his sophomore year in 2011, Johnson made 20 appearances and finished with a team leading 11 goals and one assist on his way to being named NSCAA All-Region third team and All-CAA second team. In 2012, Johnson made 21 appearances and led his team in goals scored with 13 and second on the team in assists with six on his way to being named Atlantic 10’s Offensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Atlantic 10 and NSCAA Mid-Atlantic All-Region Team.


On January 3, 2013, Johnson signed a Generation Adidas contract with Major League Soccer, making him eligible for the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.[2] A couple weeks later, Johnson was selected 13th overall in the draft by Houston Dynamo and immediately added to the roster.[3]

On April 13, 2015, Dynamo traded the forward to Chicago Fire for midfielder Alex.[4] Johnson made his Fire debut on May 9, 2015, when he entered in as an 84th minute sub against visiting Real Salt Lake.

On February 16, 2016, San Antonio FC announced that they had signed Johnson to the team.[5]

Johnson reunited with manager Frank Yallop at Phoenix Rising FC for the 2017 season.[6]

On 7 December 2017, Phoenix Rising announced they had re-signed Johnson for the 2018 season.


Johnson made his international debut for Jamaica on February 10, 2010 in a 2-1 defeat to Argentina.[7] He was also part of Jamaica's under-23 team in 2011 that failed to qualify for the 2012 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament.[8][9]


Johnson holds a U.S. green card which qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[10]


  1. ^ "Men's soccer announces 2010 recruiting class". VCU Athletics. Virginia Commonwealth University. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Johnson signs Generation Adidas contract with MLS". VCU Athletics. Virginia Commonwealth University. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Dynamo select Jason Johnson and Jimmy Nealis in 2013 MLS SuperDraft". Houston Dynamo. Houston Dynamo Communications. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Houston Dynamo, Chicago Fire swap attacking talent as Alex, Jason Johnson switch clubs". 13 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-02-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Arizona Makes Three Additions to Squad". 15 November 2016.
  7. ^ Boyd, Audley (20 February 2012). "Johnson elated with Reggae Boyz debut". Star Sport. Jamaica Online Star. Archived from the original on 17 May 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Olympic Qualifying 2012". CONCACAF. 3 August 2011. Archived from the original on 26 September 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Olympic Qualifying 2012". CONCACAF. 5 August 2011. Archived from the original on 26 September 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Houston Dynamo, Chicago Fire swap attacking talent as Alex, Jason Johnson switch clubs". MLSSoccer.com. 13 April 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015.

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