These comments about Ryan Johnson shows that a lot of the forumites no nothing about football. Ryan Johnson as been one of our best players over the two games. He holds the ball up well to allow others to come into the game and defends brilliantly from the front and if he gets the chances he will put them away.He is a managers dream really.We Jamaicans think if the player is not a brucky boo den him no good.
Which ball him hold up well? Must ur ball
Lionpaw you either too bias or you blind,you for one is one of them who think the baller them weh play in the NPL good enough fi tek we go a world cup.You need fi wake up and realize that the standard of football in Jamaica is poor and without these youth that play professional football we have no hope in hell. You must think you little Portmore baller dem can run the thing!!
I don't know if I can agree fully with your Ryan Johnson comments. Yes, his touches are sometimes off and his dribbling is not as good as say, Fuller. He always finds himself in good positions to score, and often gets the ball on frame though. IMO, the only clumsy goal is an own goal. Strikers who work hard will always get those lucky chances every so often. I have seen enough of him in Concacaf Champions league, to convince me he is a good player to have on any team. He single-handedly took a weak Toronto to the semi-finals. He has proved he can score goals in hostile environments like Central America and Argentina, something I can't say about most of our other strikers. I expect him to do well for us throughout qualifying.
Am saying same thing. Ryan Johnson done well for Jamaica and continue to do well for the Reggae Boyz. His goal against Guatemala turned out to the winning goal in the first WCQ. This man a warrior who we need pon the team and inna starting line up.
Loc: Miramar, FL, USA
Johnson positive about Reggae Boyz chances
Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
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Reggae Boy Ryan Johnson remains confident that Jamaica's Reggae Boyz can secure a place at the 2014 World Cup, despite what many consider to be a lukewarm start to the campaign.
The National team looked impressive in their opening match of the campaign against Guatemala, who they defeated 2-1 at the the National Stadium, but were less impressive away against the less-fancied Antigua and Barbuda two weeks ago, where they picked up a point. The result left Jamaica second in group A behind the USA by virtue of an inferior goal difference, as both teams have amassed four points from two games. The other teams that are vying for one of two spots from the group in the final stage of qualifying, are Antigua and Barbuda and Guatemala, who have a point each.
That aside, however, Johnson says the team's chances remain good, not only for the next round but also for a spot in Brazil. "Our chances are very good. I believe 100 per cent that we will qualify for Brazil," Johnson said.
"Not just get to the next round, because we have a good group, we are young, strong and we all play for each other, with the country behind us nothing is stopping us," he added.
Jamaica will next face group favourites USA on September 7 at the National Stadium, before journeying to the US to re-engage them four days later. The Boyz will play Guatemala on October 12, before closing out this stage of qualifiers against Antigua and Barbuda on October 16. Although the match is some way away, Johnson is already looking forward to a rematch against his Caribbean competitors.
"Antigua gave us a tough match, which we knew we were going to get, they played us hard," Johnson said. "It is going to be nice to get them in Jamaica, because I definitely think we can beat them in Jamaica, so I am just looking forward to the rematch.
The 27-year-old striker said he was also pleased with the team's chemistry, which he attributes to the presence of the core of the players that guided the country to the quarter-finals of the 2011Gold Cup.
"We just have to make sure that we are prepared, and make sure that we do the job for the upcoming games," Johnson said.
He was the one who forced an excellent save out of Tim Howard in the last USA match...possibly the chance fell too early in the game for him, before he had settled in properly.
Mi no kno wah do dem man ya pon dis forum...is like dem wudda rather see a brukie boo pon di field a salad and air pie man...an a gi wey di ledda, rather than one of Jamaica's most effective and productive players...di inelegant, non-skillfull, ugly Ryan Johnson...
Who is the man with the best recent scoring record for Jamaica...against all comers.
Pick him in the right team come Sept. and he could very well get his own back on Tim Howard this time around.
He has shown he can score, which is most important. All the other intangibles he's lacking is always forgiven as long as a forward scores. He struggle to score consistently for us because for one, he's not getting credible crosses from the wide positions, and our lack of true midfield play to create scoring opportunities for him.
I'd say it's either him or Mattocks should start come September 7 in JA., depending on their form for the rest of the MLS season till September.
Loc: Georgia USA/Pan Handle area
Originally Posted By: Lionpaw
This dude got the first touch of a retarded 2 year old. him cant even dribble the ball. That Guatemala goal was so clumsy. Was utter crap against antigua apart from the header. It's good when u have a forward who gets in good positions but not when he is non-footballer. I think this dude is a huge liability and should be replaced by Darren Mattocks.
Dane Richards a d next one. Headless chicken with no fricken end result. Whitmore fi consider benchin dem two rux deh
Miracles are for those who Belives in them .
Loc: Miramar, FL, USA
Mariner: TFC iron man Johnson an athletic "freak" July 26, 2012 Larry Millson MLSsoccer.com Getty Images
TORONTO — Every meaningful game Toronto FC have played this season, whatever the competition, Ryan Johnson has played from start to finish.
He’s the only field player on TFC to log all 1,800 minutes of the regular season, and he also played every minute of the team’s four CONCACAF Champions League games and four Amway Canadian Championship games.
But Johnson got a break for the second half of the team’s friendly match against Liverpoo last weekend, all with the intention of one thing: playing more this weekend against the Houston Dynamo.
GOAL: Johnson with a classy chip
“I said to his family [two weekends ago], I’m not sure if you’ve got a freak here because he’s got at least three or four lungs,” Toronto FC head coach Paul Mariner said after the Reds’ 2-1 victory over Colorado on July 18. “I don’t know how he does it. He’s resilient, he’s tough, he’s up for the cause every single game. He’s quite a remarkable athlete.”
Johnson has scored four goals and added four assists this seasons, and he’ll likely see even more responsibility with Danny Koevermans out with a torn ACL and recent trade acquisition Eric Hassli still acclimating to the team.
“I just really feel beat up right after the game and the day after,” Johnson said. “And the next day I’m pretty good. My body has pretty good recovery. I’m in pretty good shape … and I’ve been lucky with injuries.”
Added Mariner: “You can see the energy level that he brings. His mental toughness is as good as I’ve seen in a player.”
Johnson scored his fourth league goal of the season against Colorado after missing a penalty in the first half. But Mariner said the goal was an example of his ability and his confidence level.
“A beautiful little flick over the defender and a really nice little tap-in to finish it off,” Mariner said. “It was a quality goal.”
He also scored two goals in CCL this year and two more in the ACC.
“As we all know in professional sports, confidence is something that is drained away from you extremely quickly,” Mariner said. “But his confidence level – that’s what really what separates the men from the boys as far as finishing is concerned -- is incredible.
“He’s a great kid, he wants this team to be successful.”
Yup, Johnson is a beast. I love watching his drive and determination and, yes, his skill. He opens space for others around him, and he often makes good passes and smart dribbles. Yes, he is not a bruk and shiff type, but anyone who knows the game appreciates what he brings to a team. That is why he has played every minute of every game for TFC.
He has missed goals, and I am the first to admit that he is not a natural goal scorer, but he gets himself into scoring positions often, and he does this from the beginning to the end of games. Rarely have you seen any manager anywhere lauding Jamaican players for workrate and lung capacity, so let's praise RJ, and stop the Lionpaw nonsense.
If you read the other posts on this thread, you would have heard all this said about Ryan Johnson long before Mariner said it...and his recent goalscoring rate for Jamaica is second to none at the moment...first name on the teamsheet, every time.