Player Details


Will Johnson


5' 10"


161 lbs

Date of Birth

1.21.1987 (37)


Toronto, Ontario Canada


Career Summary

ACQUIRED: Acquired by the Timbers in a trade with Real Salt Lake on Dec. 3, 2012, in exchange for allocation money.

2015: Made first appearances of 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs as a late sub in 3-1 win against FC Dallas in the first leg of the conference championship on Nov. 22 ... Called up to the Canada National Team for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers on Nov. 13 and Nov. 17 ... Started and logged 66 minutes on Sept. 20 against New York Red Bulls ... Called up by the Canada National Team for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches on Sept. 4 and Sept. 8 against Belize ... Helped the team register three consecutive clean sheets (Aug. 2-15) ... Issued a red card after the final whistle of a 1-1 draw against Vancouver on July 18, missed match against FC Dallas on July 25 ... Made his season debut, playing 84 minutes in a 1-0 win over D.C. United on May 27 ... Made three appearances with T2, playing 270 minutes and recording one assist. 

2014: In his second season with the Timbers, appeared in 29 games (all starts) before suffering a fractured tibia and fibula in his right leg on Sept. 27 against Toronto FC ... Underwent successful surgery and will miss approximately six months ... Despite missing the final five matches of the campaign, set an MLS career high in minutes played (2,526) and tallied six goals and two assists while being named an MLS All-Star for a second consecutive season ...  Appeared in 32 games in all competitions, making one substitute appearance in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and registering one goal and two assists in CONCACAF Champions League action against C.D. Olimpia in a 4-2 win on Sept. 16 ... Registered a goal in three consecutive matches June 1-11 ... Was named to the MLS Team of the Week in Week 6.

2013: Set new MLS career marks in goals (9), assists (5), points (23) and minutes played (5,250) in his first season in Portland ... Played the full 90 in all 28 of his appearances during the regular season ... Was voted to the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Fan XI as one of league's top vote-getters by fans ... Selected to the MLS All-Star gameday roster by Sporting KC and MLS All-star manager Peter Vermes and started in the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on July 31 against AS Roma at Sporting Park ... At season's end was named to the 2013 MLS Best XI ... Was a five-time selection to the Team of the Week in Weeks 5, 7, 17, 28 and 33 ... His game-winning, free-kick goal in a 1-0 victory against San Jose on April 14 was voted the MLS Goal of the Week for Week 7 ... Scored his sixth goal of the season in a 3-0 win against Colorado on June 23 at JELD-WEN Field, which was voted by fans as the MLS Goal of the Week for Week 17 ... Named the MLS Player of the Week for Week 5 by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) after recording the first two-goal performance of his MLS career to help lead the Timbers to a 2-2, comeback draw on the road March 30 at Colorado ... Missed two regular-season matches (July 7-13) while on national team duty with Canada for the 2013 Gold Cup - one of two national team call-ups during the 2013 campaign ... Played in the club's 1-0 win over EPL side Norwich City FC in a friendly July 24 at JELD-WEN Field ... Voted by fans as the 2013 Timbers Supporters Player of the Year following the regular season ... Started all four of the club's matches during the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs, playing all 360 minutes ... Finished as the club's leading goal-scorer during the postseason with two goals, scoring in back-to-back matches to become the first Timbers player to score in consecutive MLS Cup Playoff games ... Registered one goal and one assist in a 3-2 win against Seattle Sounders FC in Leg 2 of the Western Conference Semifinal on Nov. 7 ... Tallied a free-kick goal against Real Salt Lake on the road in Leg  1 of the Western Conference Championship on Nov. 10 ... Played in three matches during the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, helping the club reach the semifinals - its deepest run in the U.S. Open Cup in club history ... Recorded three assists in a 5-1 win over the Wilmington Hammerheads of USL PRO in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup on May 29 at JELD-WEN Field.

2012: Played in 26 regular-season matches and set career highs in goals (3) and points (9) for Real Salt Lake … Matched a career-high with three assists during the campaign … Recorded each of his three goals and three assists in the second half of matches … Assisted on the game-tying goal by Jonny Steele in the 89th minute of an eventual 3-2 win over the Portland Timbers on March 31 at JELD-WEN Field … Also assisted the equalizing goal by Emiliano Bonfigli in the 72nd minute of a 1-1 draw at FC Dallas on April 25 … Tallied the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over D.C. United on Sept. 1 … Scored two of his three goals on the season against Chivas USA, including one four minutes into second-half stoppage time in a 3-0 win at The Home Depot Center on June 16 … Received multiple call-ups for the Canada National Team for 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers during the season; made seven international appearances … Started and played the full 90 in both matches of the two-game playoff series against Seattle Sounders FC … Started all four of the club’s matches during 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League play … Helped RSL to a 2-1-1 record during group play, finishing second in the group, but the club did not advance … Played a role in the club recording three straight shutouts in group play, two against Tauro (Panama) and one against Herediano (Costa Rica).

2011: Started 22 of 25 league appearances, logging 2,059 minutes, and notching a pair of goals and an assist for Real Salt Lake … His 22 starts marked the second-most for an RSL midfielder in 2011, behind only Kyle Beckerman (27) … Logged every minute of RSL’s six CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) Championship Stage matches, helping the squad to the cusp of a historic victory in the continental club championship … Registered an assist in Leg One of the CCL finals against Mexico’s Monterrey on April 20, whipping in a cross for Nat Borchers in a 2-2 draw … Scored his first goal of the MLS season – a game-winner – May 7 in a 1-0 victory over Chivas USA … It was his first goal in regular-season play since April 10, 2010, against Seattle Sounders FC … Started RSL’s comeback, scoring in the 24th minute, in a 3-3 draw July 4 against the New England Revolution … Notched only assist of the regular season five days later on July 9 vs. FC Dallas, helping on Fabian Espindola’s late insurance tally in a 2-0 win … Due to national team duty for Canada, missed handful of contests while competing in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup in July and in FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifiers … Missed the Oct. 14 matchup against Colorado due to an ankle injury sustained with the Canada National Team in a qualifier against St. Lucia … Returned for the season finale Oct. 22 against Portland and went the full 90 in all three of the club’s 2011 MLS Cup playoff contests as RSL reached the Western Conference finals.  

2010: Appeared in 38 of Real Salt Lake’s 40 matches across all competitions (33 starts), logging an impressive 3,016 minutes while scoring five goals and adding an assist along the way … Placed third on the squad with 28 regular-season appearances and fifth with 24 starts … Notched his only goal of the MLS season April 10 against Seattle Sounders FC, scoring the first goal of the season at Rio Tinto Stadium with a textbook diving header in the 53rd minute of a 2-2 draw …Was only the RSL player to start all six contests and logged a team-high 480 minutes in the CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) group stage, helping the club to become the first MLS team to finish atop its group in nine tries … His three CCL goals were tied for second, behind only Alvaro Saborio’s six-goal haul … Started and played full 90 minutes of a 5-4 loss at Mexico’s Cruz Azul on Aug. 25, scoring an equalizing goal in the 92nd minute of the contest … Opened and closed the scoring Sept. 22 in Panama against Árabe Unido, with his 10th- and 43rd-minute goals lifting RSL to a 3-2 win … Played all 120 minutes of regulation and overtime of a 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualifier April 14 against the San Jose Earthquakes, ending in a 3-3 draw … Scored on the opening penalty kick as RSL advanced on PKs, 5-3 … Went the full 120 minutes on June 2 at D.C. United in a U.S. Open Cup qualifier, scoring a penalty kick in the 80th minute to force the content into overtime; United prevailed 2-1 in extra time … Logged 22 minutes off the bench in the first leg of RSL’s Western Conference semifinal Series against FC Dallas on Oct. 30, a 2-1 loss … Started and went the full 90 minutes in Leg Two against FC Dallas on Nov. 6, a 1-1 draw.

2009: Was a key contributor in Real Salt Lake’s MLS Cup-winning season … Notched a goal and three assists during the regular season and ranked third on the squad with 26 starts and tied for fifth with 26 games played … Scored the club’s lone goal in a 4-1 loss to Seattle Sounders FC in a U.S. Open Cup qualifier … Contributed to a wild finish in a 2-2 draw against the LA Galaxy on May 6 … Called for a handball in the penalty area that set up the Galaxy’s first equalizing strike from Landon Donovan in the 91st minute, before converting a penalty kick of his own a minute later; LA’s Mike Magee tied the match at 2-2 in the 94th minute … Assisted on a strike by Yura Movsisyan that sparked a run of four straight goals in a 4-2 win over FC Dallas on July 24 … Named to first MLS All-Star squad by coach Dominic Kinnear as an injury replacement for Shalrie Joseph (NE) on July 24 … Played 45 minutes for the MLS All-Stars against EPL club Everton FC in the MLS All-Star Game played at Rio Tinto Stadium … Match ended in a 1-1 draw; converted his penalty kick opportunity in the shootout against Everton and U.S. National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard … Started all four of RSL’s postseason contests, playing every minute up until halftime of MLS Cup 2009 … After 120 minutes of play against the Chicago Fire in the Eastern Conference championship on Nov. 14, converted a fifth-round PK that helped RSL prevail 5-4 on penalties and play for its first MLS Cup … Gamely started MLS Cup 2009 on Nov. 22 against the LA Galaxy at Qwest Field in Seattle, but a bout of food poisoning limited him to the first 45 minutes of RSL’s 1-1 draw and an exit before its 5-4 triumph in penalties over the Galaxy.

2008: Re-signed with MLS on Aug. 156 after spending two years in the Dutch Eredivisie … Rights were acquired by Real Salt Lake from the Chicago Fire on Aug. 22 in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft and a second-round pick in the 2011 SuperDraft … Started all 12 regular-season and playoff appearances for RSL that he was available for … Scored two goals in nine regular-season appearances … Made his RSL debut with a 90-minute performance Aug. 29 in a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids at Rice-Eccles Stadium … Scored first goal for RSL in just his second appearance with the club Sept. 6 at the LA Galaxy, with his 52nd-minute tally contributing to a 2-2 road draw … Scored on a brilliant volley in the 54th minute of a 3-1 win over FC Dallas on Oct. 18 … It was his first MLS game-winning goal and was voted by fans as the 2008 Sierra Mist MLS Goal of the Year at season’s end … Started and played the first 45 minutes of an exhibition against UANL Tigres of Mexico on Sept. 3 … Played all 270 minutes of RSL’s first postseason run, starting both legs of the Western Conference semifinal series against Chivas USA (Nov. 1 and Nov. 8) and the Western Conference final on Nov. 15 against the New York Red Bulls.

2007-08: Was loaned to Dutch Eredivisie (first division) squad De Graafschap from SC Heerenveen for the 2007-08 season … Scored three times in 39 games across all competitions for the club, spending time at forward, central midfield and right midfield.

2006-07: Scored one goal in 14 first-team appearances with SC Heerenveen after signing with the Dutch Eredivisie club prior to the 2006-07 season.

2005: Signed with the Chicago Fire as an 18-yearold on Feb. 17 … Started one of six appearances during his rookie campaign, scoring one goal in 162 minutes of play … Made his MLS debut July 16 against the Columbus Crew, entering as a halftime sub for Scott Buete and played the final 45 minutes of a 1-1 draw … Notched his first MLS start and goal a week later on July 23 at the Colorado Rapids, scoring in the 16th minute and playing 71 minutes in a 4-1 loss.

2003-04: Pursued youth career in England with Premiership side Blackburn Rovers, performing for the team’s youth squads prior to returning to the United States to start his professional career.

NATIONAL TEAM:  Has 33 caps with the Canada National Team since making his senior debut as an 18-year-old on Nov. 16, 2005, in a 1-0 friendly win over Luxembourg … A member of Canada's 23-player roster for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup and was named the team's captain for the tournament ...  Only played in the opening group stage match against Martinique on July 7, 2013, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., due to illness ... Played in a pair of friendlies in Doha, Qatar, against Japan and Belarus in March 2013 ... Recorded his sixth international assist in the 2-1 loss to Japan on March 22, 2013 ... Amassed seven caps in 2012, appearing in five 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers … Scored in a 3-0 win over Cuba on Oct. 12, 2012, at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario … Helped Canada place third in CONCACAF’s Group C in the third round of qualifying with a 3-2-1 record, finishing behind Honduras and Panama by a single point … Also played in friendlies against the United States (June 3) and Trinidad & Tobago (Aug. 15) in 2012 … Scored his third international goal in the friendly against Trinidad & Tobago … Became a fixture in the Canadian midfield in 2011, playing in 11 of the team’s 12 contests and ending the season as one of 10 finalists for the BMO Canadian Player of the Year honor … Played in five of Canada’s six matches in Round 2 of  CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 World Cup between September and November, helping the team easily advance from Group C … Scored his first goal at the senior international level Sept. 2, 2011, vs. St. Lucia in World Cup qualifying play … Also represented Canada at 2011 Gold Cup in the United States, playing 245 minutes across the trio of group stage matches … Made his first appearance since the 2009 Gold Cup on May 24, 2010, in Buenos Aires against Argentina, a friendly Argentina used as a tune-up match for the FIFA World Cup … Started in all four of Canada’s contests in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States … Made his World Cup qualifying debut and first-ever start for Canada’s senior squad on Nov. 19, 2008, in a 3-0 loss at Jamaica … Was a prominent member of the Canada U-23 National Team during the 2008 Olympic cycle, scoring three goals in three matches during the team’s run in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament held in March 2008 … That performance resulted in being named one of three forwards on the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying competition’s All-Tournament Team … In total, made 32 appearances for Canada’s U-19 and U-20 teams from 2004-07 … His lengthy stint with the U-20s included three starts at both the 2005 and 2007 FIFA World Youth Championships in Holland and Canada, respectively.

PERSONAL: A Toronto-born son of English parents, Johnson holds Canadian, American and English citizenship … Born in Toronto, moved to England as an infant and settled in the Chicago area at the age of 10 … His grandfather, Brian Birch, played professionally for English squad Bolton Wanderers.