Magee, Johnson invited to USMNT January camp

Jurgen Klinsmann has announced his roster for this month's training camp which begins on Monday in California. Among those invited are the Fire's Sean Johnson and Mike Magee. Twenty-six players will participate in a week long first phase before the roster is pared down to 23 and travels to Brazil for phase two from January 13-25.

There are plenty of familiar names on the roster and some new ones. Magee in particular will finally get a chance to show Klinsmann that he belongs on the US roster heading into the World Cup. Sean Johnson will also have a shot to claim the third goalkeeper spot if he can outshine Nick Rimando, Tally Hall, and Bill Hamid over the next month.

Here's the roster:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (10): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Harrington (Portland Timbers), Chris Klute (Colorado Rapids), Chance Myers (Sporting Kansas City), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Seth Sinovic (Sporting Kansas City), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Eric Alexander (New York Red Bulls), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

Fire's preseason schedule

The opening of camp is just around the corner. Players will report to Toyota Park for physicals and fitness testing on January 25 before departing for the first phase of preseason training in Ave Maria, Florida the next day. The team will also train in Brandenton, Florida and Tucson, Arizona this spring.

Here's the itinerary:

Jan. 25:    Players arrive at Toyota Park for physicals
Jan. 26 – Feb. 2: First Team trains in Ave Maria, Fla.
Feb 2: Chicago Fire vs. Florida Gulf Coast University – 10:00 a.m. CT – Ave Maria University
Feb. 5 – 12: First Team trains at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Games:  TBD
Feb. 15 – March 2:  First Team trains in Tucson, Ariz. as part of the 2014 Desert Diamond Cup
Feb. 19: Chicago Fire vs. Colorado Rapids – 4:30 p.m. CT - Kino North Sports Complex
Feb. 22: Chicago Fire vs. FC Tucson – 2:00 p.m. CT - Kino North Sports Complex
Feb. 26: Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution – 4:30 p.m. CT - Kino North Sports Complex
March 1:  Placement Match TBD - Kino North Sports Complex

Pappa released

Marco Pappa has been released by Heerenveen and is available on a free transfer. His contract was mutually terminated with two years remaining but the Fire no longer hold his MLS rights. If he were to return to the US he'd be subject to the allocation process since a transfer fee was received back in 2012. Pappa appeared in only 12 league matches for Heerenveen since 2012.

Here's the current allocation order:

  1. D.C. United
  2. Seattle
  3. Toronto
  4. Columbus
  5. FC Dallas
  6. Philadelphia
  7. Vancouver
  8. Chicago
  9. San Jose
  10. Montreal
  11. Colorado
  12. New England
  13. Chivas USA
  14. LA Galaxy
  15. New York
  16. Houston
  17. Portland
  18. Real Salt Lake
  19. Sporting KC

Generation Adidas

The MLS combine starts a week from today and the draft will take place on January 16. MLS has named four players to this year's Generation Adidas class. Connecticut goalkeeper Andre Blake, Louisville midfielder Marlon Hairston, Creighton defender Eric Miller, and Maryland forward Ntokozo Tshuma. The league has also signed highly regarded Maryland forward Patrick Mullins and Georgetown forward Steve Neumann.

Filed under: 2014 Pre Season

Tags: Chicago Fire, US MNT


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  • The Trib article said of Johnson: "In four MLS seasons Johnson has made 100 regular season appearances for the Fire, including 21 shootouts."

    What are these 21 "shootouts"? Sean has only played in one playoff game where a shootout might be a possibility and in that game they lost in regulation.

    Am I missing something?,0,4208070.story

  • In reply to Roti2000:

    Pretty sure they mean "shutouts".

  • Good for Magee and Johnson.

    It's a shame Pappa didn't work out at Heerenveen. He's still young and should be able to find a team that he can do well for. Now that we have Duka, I'm not sure we need to pull strings to bring him back here though.

  • In reply to manyou07:

    I predicted that Pappa would struggle in Holland. It is a league that values ball possession and Pappa's ball-hog style was never going to work at Heerenveen. Pappa needed to change his style of play, and he obviously did not, as he only played 12 games in 18 months. In this current season, he played all of ONE MINUTE. I would prefer not to see him return to the Fire.

  • In reply to StaryByk3:

    I don't think he fits right now....positionally or budget wise.

  • Was curious about the timeline of Fire offseason's in the past, so went back last year's stories from Nov-Feb. Last year today Lindpere was traded to the Fire. As someone who really enjoys off-season "hot stove" talk, I'm looking forward to some action after some pretty bland weeks MLS/Fire wise. Here's hoping this week brings some news and exciting roster moves for the Fire...preferably w/a scarf-eating signing! ;)

  • In reply to Drew:

    Ha! There should be some news this week but nothing of the scarf ingesting variety.

  • Thanks for the preseason schedule. Now I have something to look forward to. An unscheduled scarf-eating signing would be a bonus but I'm not holding my breath.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    That makes two of us. ;)

  • H/t to Hot Time in Old Town for pointing this one out......

    Looks like the Fire are close to filling the back-up 'keeper spot.

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