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Happy birthday

by: COURTESY OF JOHN LARIVIERE - Portland Timbers midfielder Will Johnson (right) battles Chivas USA for possession during an MLS game in May 2013.Jan. 21, 1987

Will Johnson

(age 27)

William David Johnson, Portland Timbers midfielder, was born on this day in Toronto.

Johnson earned MLS all-star honors in 2013 in leading the Timbers to the third-best regular-season record and MLS Western Conference finals.

Johnson played soccer for part of his youth in England, near Liverpool, before his family moved to Illinois. He also had a youth stint with the Blackburn Rovers in England. The Chicago Fire signed him in 2005, and he began with the club's reserve team.

His MLS career began in 2008 with Real Salt Lake.

The Timbers traded for him before the 2013 season.