Sam Johnson (footballer, born 1993)
|Full name||Sam Garyahzon Johnson|
|Date of birth||6 May 1993|
|Place of birth||Monrovia, Liberia|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Real Salt Lake|
|New Dream FC|
|2019–||Real Salt Lake||20||(9)|
* 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)
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.
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.
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. After the season, he was awarded the title of "best midfielder" in the league Härnösand played in.
Before the 2013 season Johnson trialed with second tier Superettan club Jönköpings Södra IF but was turned down. Instead he signed a three-year deal with third tier club IK Frej. 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.
Sam Johnson made his Allsvenskan debut for Djurgården in the 1–2 loss against Elfsborg on 5 April 2015. He got his first Allsvenskan goal in the 1–2 loss against Hammarby on 13 April. 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. 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.
|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|
|Wuhan Zall||2016||China League One||11||6||0||0||–||–||11||6|
|2017||China League One||15||5||0||0||–||–||15||5|
- As of 9 September 2019
- Scores and results list Liberia's goal tally first.
|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|
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