Sam Johnson (footballer, born 1993)

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Sam Johnson
Personal information
Full name Sam Garyahzon Johnson
Date of birth (1993-05-06) 6 May 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Monrovia, Liberia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Real Salt Lake
Number 50
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
New Dream FC
Nimba FC
2011 Assyriska IF 5 (1)
2012 Juventus IF 10 (4)
2012 Härnösands FF 9 (5)
2013–2014 IK Frej 50 (17)
2015–2016 Djurgårdens IF 41 (17)
2016–2017 Wuhan Zall 26 (11)
2018 Vålerenga 21 (11)
2019– Real Salt Lake 20 (9)
National team
2011 Liberia U-23 8 (6)
2015– Liberia 16 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:17, 26 August 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:11, 9 September 2019 (UTC)

Sam Johnson (born 6 May 1993) is a Liberian footballer who plays for Real Salt Lake as a forward.

Career[edit]

Johnson started out playing for his village team before joining Liberian third division side New Dream FC. With them he scored two goals in a cup game against Liberian Premier League club Nimba FC who were so impressed by his performance that they ended up signing him.[1]

In 2011 Johnson travelled to Norway to trial with FK Haugesund. He impressed the Norwegian club, but only enough for them to offer him a youth contract, so he instead signed with Swedish club Dalkurd FF. He would however only stay there for a couple of months due to work permit problems. Johnson remained in Sweden though and played for fourth tier club Assyriska IF KF during the second half of the 2011 season.[2]

For the first half of the following season Johnson stepped down one division and played for fifth tier club Juventus IF before once again returning to the fourth tier when playing for Härnösands FF during the fall.[3] After the season, he was awarded the title of "best midfielder" in the league Härnösand played in.[4]

Before the 2013 season Johnson trialed with second tier Superettan club Jönköpings Södra IF but was turned down.[5] Instead he signed a three-year deal with third tier club IK Frej.[6] In his second season with them Johnson, who was now playing as forward, became their top goalscorer as the club was promoted to Superettan. In December 2014 Allsvenskan club Djurgårdens IF announced that they had signed Johnson on a four-year deal.[7]

Sam Johnson made his Allsvenskan debut for Djurgården in the 1–2 loss against Elfsborg on 5 April 2015.[8] He got his first Allsvenskan goal in the 1–2 loss against Hammarby on 13 April.[9] After a successful first top flight season where Johnson scored a total of 10 times Djurgården turned down a 22 million SEK bid from french Ligue 1 club Bordeaux the following winter.[10] In the summer of 2016 Johnson was sold for a 30 million SEK.

Then he joined Chinese side Wuhan Zall. He played a crucial part in the club's relegation battle, scoring six goals in 11 appearances and helping the club to finish sixth in China League One. On July 14, 2017 he was removed from the club's first squad.

On February 4, 2019 Real Salt Lake announced that they had signed Johnson to a Designated Player contract.[11]

International career[edit]

Johnson played with the Liberia U23 National Team in 2011 for which he scored six goals in eight games.[12][13] In 2015, he started playing for the Liberia national football team.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 6 October 2018[15][16]
Club Season League Cup[a] Continental Other[b] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Assyriska IF 2011 Division 2 5 1 5 1
Juventus IF 2012 Division 3 10 4 10 4
Härnösands FF 2012 Division 2 9 5 9 5
IK Frej 2013 Division 1 25 5 4 1 29 6
2014 Division 1 25 12 2 1 2 0 29 13
Total 50 17 6 2 0 0 2 0 58 19
Djurgårdens IF 2015 Allsvenskan 29 10 3 0 32 10
2016 Allsvenskan 12 7 3 0 15 7
Total 41 17 6 0 0 0 0 0 47 17
Wuhan Zall 2016 China League One 11 6 0 0 11 6
2017 China League One 15 5 0 0 15 5
Total 26 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 11
Vålerenga 2018 Eliteserien 21 11 4 1 25 12
Career total 162 66 16 3 0 0 2 0 180 69
  1. ^ Includes the Svenska Cupen and Norwegian Football Cup
  2. ^ All appearances in the Division 1 promotion playoffs

International[edit]

As of 9 September 2019[14]
Liberia
Year Apps Goals
2015 6 0
2016 3 1
2017 0 0
2018 3 1
2019 4 1
Total 16 3

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Liberia's goal tally first.[14]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 29 March 2016 Antoinette Tubman Stadium, Monrovia, Liberia  Djibouti 2–0 5–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
2. 11 October 2018 Stade Alphonse Massemba-Débat, Brazzaville, Congo  Congo 1–1 1–3 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
3. 4 September 2019 SKD Stadium, Monrovia, Liberia  Sierra Leone 3–1 3–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Folk fattar inte hur jag har lidit..."". Aftonbladet. (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Talangen: "Min pappa dog när jag var 13 år"". Expressen. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Förre HFF-stjärnan målskytt i derbyt". Allehanda. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Norrlands bästa spelare i tvåan utsedda". Unibet. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  5. ^ "J-Södra säger nej till flera provspelare". Jnytt.se. Archived from the original on 19 April 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Årets mittfältare i Norrlandstvåan klar för IK Frej Täby". IK Frej. Archived from the original on 19 April 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "Anfallare klar för Djurgården". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Johnsons tårar: "Vill ge något till fansen"". Expressen.
  9. ^ "Djurgårdens derbymålskytt besviken: "Göra mål när mitt lag förlorar – jag räknar inte de målen"". FotbollDirekt.
  10. ^ "Utländska klubbarna som rycker i Johnson – Djurgårdens skyttekung bekräftar". FotbollDirekt. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Real Salt Lake Signs Liberian Forward Sam Johnson as a Designated Player". Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Liberia U23 football game results against Nigeria". Shout Africa. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Spisstalent på prøve". Haugesunds Avis. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  14. ^ a b c "Sam Johnson - National Football Teams". National Football Teams. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  15. ^ "Eliteprospects.com – Sam Johnson". Eliteprospects. 15 April 2015. Archived from the original on 18 February 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  16. ^ 约翰松 at sodasoccer.com Retrieved 2016-11-02 (in Chinese)

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