Sean Johnson will join the US Men's National Team for friendlies in Scotland on Friday and another in Austria on Tuesday. Johnson was one of three goalkeepers called in by Jurgen Klinsmann. Tim Howard and DC United's Bill Hamid were the other two. Klinsmann called in a good portion of what will probably be his final roster for next summer's World Cup and doesn't appear to be interested in looking at many other new MLS based options quite yet.
Mike Magee was not called in despite being one of the leading candidates to win MLS' most valuable player award. Chris Wondolowski, whose game some compare to Magee's while in the forward spot did get another call up and likely knocked Magee out of consideration. Here's the roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton/England), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
DEFENDERS (7) : DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla/Mexico), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/Germany), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/England), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/England), Michael Orozco (Puebla/Mexico)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/France), Michael Bradley (Roma/Italy), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg/Norway), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim/Germany), Jermaine Jones (Schalke/Germany), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht/Belgium), Brek Shea (Stoke City/England)
FORWARDS (6) : Jozy Altidore (Sunderland/England), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna/Austria), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar/Netherlands), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Rios in action
Egidio Arevalo Rios is still technically a Fire player (at least until December 31) and he'll be on the pitch in the next few days as well. Uruguay takes on Jordan in a two game playoff for a spot in the tournament with games on November 13 and 20.
Fire Confidential Podacst
The latest episode of the Fire Confidential Podcast is up now featuring MLSsoccer.com's Matt Doyle. Topics discussed included the playoffs, Sean Johnson's future, Mike Magee's USMNT snub, Frank Yallop's role in Chris Wondolowski's success, and of course the next step for the Fire.