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For the first three years of his MLU career, Delrico Johnson of the Washington D.C. Current earned the reputation as one of the most athletic and dynamic defenders in the league. Johnson’s career highlights include several MLU Plays of the Week as well as multiple appearances on ESPN SportCenter’s Top 10.
In 2016, Johnson made the move from D-Line to O-Line, transitioning from a shutdown defender, to one of his team’s go-to deep threats to score. Johnson’s impact on offense became clear early, scoring seven points in his first two games of the 2016 season. While in the season opener Johnson succeeded behind the disc, tossing three assists in a windy matchup with the Boston Whitecaps, it was in the Current’s Week 2 matchup with the Philadelphia Spinners in which Johnson’s athleticism shined, especially in the subject of this week’s Throwback Thursday.
Early in the 2nd quarter of the game, Johnson and the Current found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard and were looking for a quick goal to build momentum for a comeback. When D.C. rookie Mark Flores got the disc at about mid-field, he fired a floating backhand towards his team’s end zone. As the disc descended, it looked like the player in the best position to catch it was Philadelphia’s Dustin Damiano. However, in what seemed like an instant, Johnson came flying into the picture, leaping out of his shoes as we’ve seen him do many times on defense, and snatching the disc from the sky. Landing for the goal, Johnson spiked the disc and fired up his teammates.