CHICAGO (April 13, 2015) – The Chicago Fire acquired Jamaican international Jason Johnson from the Houston Dynamo in exchange for Brazilian midfielder Alex. Per MLS and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Jason is a good, young player with a lot of pace and I’m pleased that we’ll be adding him to our roster,” said Fire Head Coach and Director of Soccer Frank Yallop. “I’d like to thank Alex for his time with the club and wish him the best in Houston.”
Johnson, who in three seasons with Virginia Commonwealth University scored 28 goals and was named 2012 Atlantic 10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year, signed a Generation adidas contract with MLS and was selected in the first round (13th overall) by the Dynamo in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.
Johnson made his MLS debut when he entered as a late substitute against D.C. United on May 8, 2013. In his rookie season, Johnson started four of the 13 matches in which he appeared and scored his first professional goal against the New York Red Bulls on Sept. 8, 2013.
In 2014, Johnson made eight appearances for the Dynamo. He also spent time on loan to USL side Pittsburgh Riverhounds, where he scored one goal and added one assist in 12 matches.
A member of Jamaica’s Olympic Qualifying squad, Johnson made his senior debut for The Reggae Boyz on Feb. 10, 2010 against Argentina and has since eared a total of three caps.
Alex departs the Fire after scoring three goals and tallying two assists in 76 matches across four seasons.
Full Name: Jason Johnson
Weight: 180 lbs.
Born: October 9, 1990
Place of Birth: Happy News, Jamaica
Citizenship: Jamaica (U.S. Green Card holder)
Last Club: Houston Dynamo
Acquired: Via trade on April 13, 2015