Johnson gets USMNT call up, Magee snubbed

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'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.

Filed under: 2013 Post Season

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  • Interesting analysis of passing completion rates in 2013 by Ben Jata of

    He finds no Fire players in the top 50, meaning in this case with a passing completion rate over 80%. He decided to only count players with at least 17 MLS matches in 2013 and who attempted at least 750 passes. I'm not sure who that excludes who might otherwise have been on the list if fewer games or passes were required (Baky? Um, no, er, maybe someone else).

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Thanks for posting that.....interesting numbers indeed but not surprising to see no Fire players in the top 50. Pass completion overall was in the 70's for most games.

    Rios had a pretty high rate in most of his appearances. Maybe I'll check those numbers out.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    The author promises to do more in-depth analysis next week... maybe completion stats in the opponent's half, maybe by first half vs second half, I don't know.

    it would be cool to have a Fire-specific analysis. Well, maybe a bit depressing, too, but hey, it's a post-mortem at this point, and we know things have changed already and will change some more in the off-season.

  • Vote for the 2013 Supporter's Player of the Year right here......

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    i cannot imagine who it possibly could be.... maybe someone that scored a few goals this season...

  • This was discussed on the twitters but.....

    Seattle is peddling Eddie Johnson around the league. Would you be interested?

    I know my answer.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    At what cost?

  • In reply to Drew:

    Sounds like he's looking for close to DP money.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Right, but they're looking for a trade as well. Tell you what, I'll send 'em Baky for EJ straight up, take it or leave it. Which I know they'll leave, so...

    I'm not overly enthused with EJ, but he can be dangerous and score goals. But no way am I trading a 1st round pick or something like that for him with the time he'll spend away with the Nats, his salary demands and shenanigans.

    So that's my take. What's your answer Guillermo?

  • In reply to Drew:

    My answer is a flat no.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    so for fun...say Seattle sends him our way for virtually nothing, say a 1st round compensatory pick, to get him off their roster. EJ agrees to a $350k salary. You say no? 23 goals in 48 app for Seattle...JLA had 2 in 13 games and we paid over a mil just to get him. I'd like to hear a bit more of why you dismiss him completely.

  • In reply to Drew:

    On top of the possibility that he could be on next year's World Cup roster causing him to miss a big chunk of the season, he's also carrying around a reputation as a selfish player. There's also the obscene gesture directed at fans after a game in Chicago last season, the silly goal celebration signaling he wanted more money this season, a bit of an injury history, and did I mention the reputation as a locker room cancer.

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    In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Short answer: too douchy. Pass.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Yeah, I was going to say: toxic in the locker room. We REALLY don't need that, especially right now.

    He's the boy you pray your daughter doesn't bring home one day.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Well, one thing we know is that he wouldn't be here long.

    Could Yallop handle him?

    Regardless, I'd pass.

  • I'm not sure about saying Mcgee was "snubbed" by Jurgen. Yes, he had a good season but he's 29, never had a senior cap and is clearly not be in the picture for Brazil.

    Plus, who would he replace? Wando, maybe? Wando won't likely make the Brazil roster either and at least he has a stronger body of work than Magee, both internationally and in MLS. That said, Wando showed in the Gold Cup that he is really only effective against the crap teams of CONCACAF. Why would we think Magee would be any different? Mike plays a bit further back anyway, putting him in competition with Landon or even Dempsey.

  • In reply to Roti2000:

    Valid points all.

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