"It's a question I've been asked a lot, and I still don't really have a good answer for it," Johnson said Tuesday afternoon after training at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Johnson would have had extra defensive duties on the side of Jason Kreis' diamond midfield, which might have limited his goal-scoring output. But both Kreis and Johnson said they felt the 26-year-old Canadian was capable of this.
"I don't think it's night and day from what I did in Salt Lake," Johnson said. "Everybody looks at the goals and likes to think I'm a completely new player. I think I could have done the same thing here in this formation that I do in a different formation up in Portland."
Kreis said his former player showed signs of brilliance in training, and called him "one of the best shooters around."
"It was always a case of how many times he would get himself in the right spots," Kreis said about the Portland captain.
- Aaron Falk