Will Johnson, Timbers vs. Sounders, 8.24.14
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Teammates and players across MLS send their best wishes to injured Portland Timbers midfielder Will Johnson

While Portland Timbers midfielder Will Johnson suffered a fractured tibia and fibula in his right leg in a collision for a 50-50 ball with Toronto FC defender Mark Bloom in the team's 3-2 loss to the Reds on Sunday, fast support from across the league wishing for a quick recovery for the Portland captain came from all corners. Teammates and players from rival teams all expressed get well soon wishes.

Johnson underwent successful surgery in Toronto and is expected to miss approximately six months.

Timbers head coach Caleb Porter talked about Johnson's injury following the match.

"We certainly feel for Will and will miss him.”

Timbers owner Merritt Paulson tweeted a strong message of support.

While Johnson's Timbers teammates were also quick to offer words of encouragement via social media.

Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley, friends with Johnson since they grew up playing soccer together in youth clubs in Chicago, also talked about the injury.

“As a player and as a competitor, you hate to see anybody get hurt,” Bradley said. “But that’s one of [my] closest friends; it’s not nice at all.”

Toronto FC along with Reds defender Bloom, who was involved in the tackle, also sent a message.

Support came from Cascadia rivals in Seattle and Vanouver.

And from his former team in Real Salt Lake.

Even U.S. National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann sent a get well soon message.

Numerous other players from MLS and beyond including former teammates, fellow MLS All-Stars, Canadian internationals and more all sent messages as well.

While Kyle Martino of NBCSN took a moment to share a note.

And finally, Johnson himself acknowledged his gratitude for the outpouring of support.

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