Ryan Johnson Emerging as a Star in His Second Season with Toronto FC

Kyle Degab@@kdegabContributor IIIMarch 20, 2012

CARSON, CA - MARCH 14:  Ryan Johnson #9 of Toronto FC attacks while being pursued by Juninho #19 of the Los Angeles Galaxy in the first half during a CONCACAF Champions League game at The Home Depot Center on March 14, 2012 in Carson, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Ryan Johnson has been on fire as of late.

After a sub-par 2011 season, the striker/winger has recently been finding the net with some beautiful goals.

Johnson has scored three goals in three games thus far this season with Toronto—one in each of the CONCACAF quarterfinal legs with LA Galaxy, and again this past Saturday against Seattle Sounders.

Johnson was a spark plug in the CONCACAF matches in the past few weeks.  His speed has exploited opposition defense and his deadly accuracy in finishing and crossing lifted Toronto to glory. 

Jamaican native Ryan Johnson arrived in Toronto in the middle of last season from San Jose Earthquakes, July of 2011.  

Now an MLS veteran of six seasons, Johnson is finding the form that he lacked throughout his early career. 

He was drafted in 2006 by Real Salt Lake and after just seven games, he was traded to Chicago Fire where he appeared in just three more games that season.  

Johnson found his ways overseas with Swedish club Osters in 2007, when he failed to earn another contract in Chicago.  

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In 2008, Johnson headed back to the MLS with the San Jose Earthquakes, finally finding a permanent home. In 99 games, he registered just 17 goals.

Johnson's trade to Toronto may have sparked a bit of revitalization in his game.

In only 13 games with TFC, Johnson has scored four times. He has been a spark plug as of late, scoring and creating offensive chances.  

Toronto will be looking for him to continue his form and lead them to a top-three spot and a playoff berth in 2012. 

Toronto fans will be hoping that this is indeed a breakout season for Johnson, and that his goalscoring luck doesn't fizzle anytime soon.