Johnson Gets USMNT Call

Sean Johnson will be a part of Bob Bradley’s 24 man USMNT training camp ahead of the January 22 friendly against Chile.  Johnson’s first call into training for the Nats will see him battle Dominic Cervi, Matt Pickens, and Nick Rimando for his first cap.  Oddly enough, three of the four keepers invited to camp have Fire ties.  Cervi is a former Fire draft pick and Pickens is a former Fire player. 

The rest of the squad is made up of younger players who could be challengers for Brazil 2013 rosters spots and haven’t seen much, if any National duty. 

GOALKEEPERS (4): Dominic Cervi (Celtic), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Matt Pickens (Colorado Rapids), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (9): A.J. DeLaGarza (Los Angeles Galaxy), Sean Franklin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Ugo Ihemelu (FC Dallas), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Ryan Miller (Halmstads BK), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Anthony Wallace (Colorado Rapids), Marvell Wynne (Colorado Rapids)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Eric Alexander (FC Dallas), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Sam Cronin (San Jose Earthquakes), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Dax McCarty (D.C. United), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Justin Braun (Chivas USA), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

I’m looking forward to getting another look at Diskerud, Agudelo, and Bunbury in USA colors after succesful initial appearances.  It will be interesting to see which two keepers actually dress for the match.

I’m also a bit surprised that Bobby Convey and Geoff Cameron didn’t get calls. 

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  • Nice roster break down over at mlssoccer......

  • Comments from Sean Johnson on the call..........

  • Guillermo, What is the story on the Fire and home grown players being signed before the draft. Is Perry Kitchens home grown in this sense? I see other teams, DC and Revs, signing 1st round picks before the draft. Who is in that category for the Fire? Thanks? Ps, given the numbers of players needed by the Fire, shouldn't we have some signings already?

  • In reply to Celt:

    We don't have any signings because there are just so many players lining up to come play in this league for this team that we can't decide which ones we want.......

  • In reply to Celt:

    The league has expanded the home grown rule and removed roster limitations in terms of home grown players. Kitchens does not qualify as a homegrown player since he is now in the college draft pool. Other teams are signing players who are products of their acedemies that have not moved on to college after playing for the developmental teams. Players that DC and NE are signing are not players who would be eligible for selection in the SuperDraft. I think we'll see more Fire academy players signed as homegrown players at some point before the season starts but not much sooner than that.

    The Fire currently have 17 players on the roster (not counting Ljungberg) and those spots will begin to be filled once the transfer window opens up in January. Klopas has his work cut out for him.

  • In reply to Celt:

    Guillermo, Ethan White, signed by DC, played for Maryland. he is now removed from the college draft as he was in DC's academy before college. Is Kitchen, and others no doubt, not in the same position? I think if you played for a year in an academy, the parent team has first dibs. No ?

  • In reply to Celt:

    I see that......excellent question. I will look into it.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Eligible players must have resided with their parents in a team's "Home Territory" for at least one year prior to placement on a team's Home Grown Player list.

    It seems at least 1 year in the academy is the requirement for dodging the draft and qualifying for homegrown status. I'm not sure how long Kitchen played for the PDL team.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Does the PDL team even count as part of our academy for homegrown player purposes? I'm not sure that it does.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Teams can sign a college player as a "homegrown player" at any remaining point in the player's college career if that player has participated in the team's Academy system for the minimum 1 year described above.

    Other teams can draft the player after his senior year only if the home team does not sign him at that point.

    Another wrinkle in the current rules is that members of the U17, U20, and U23 USA teams are not eligible for "Homegrown" status. However, if a player has participated in a team's academy program before being selected for one of the US junior teams (ie Ethan White) the team can sign that player as a "homegrown player".

    I believe the PDL team is part of the Academy system but I don't think Kitchen has the required minimum 1 year to be considered Fire property. Kitchen played 1 season for the PDL team but the rule seems to imply a calendar year and not a season.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Thanks. Here's hoping we have someone in that category. There was always an impressive list of ex fire pdl players in the college ranks if memory serves, but it appears they must be both ex players and home region to qualify. Keep up the good work. keep the gossip coming.

  • In reply to Celt:

    Five players in the NCAA Finals were from the Fire's PDL, 2 for Akron and 3 for Louisville.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Any we can take outside of the draft?

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    The Phialdelphia Union signed a 15 year old home grown player, Zach Pfeffer. My question: does the MLS have a age regulation that any player has to join the senior squad? The Freddy Adu experiment with DC United at age 14 was a complete failure. If the MLS don't have a age limit, they need to address that area.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    That should be regulated. 15 year-old professional is ridiculous. It doesn't matter how good they are, that is just crazy. That's only a freshman or sophomore in high school. You shouldn't force kids into that position. Freddy Adu is now washed up and he's what 23? That's just wrong.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Well, isn't there some controversy about Adu's real age?

    I think Messi was 17 when he joined the senior Barca club. Neymar was 17 when he started with Santos.

  • In reply to Roti2000:

    17 or 18 years old I am ok with it because players like Messi, Neymar and even Andy Najar are rare. This Pffefer fellow has no track record record like a Messi, Najar and Neymar (those three players went through different levels of the youth academies). This is why baseball have a age limit to get drafted or signed at the pro level and go through seasoning from the minor league levels. At 15, he is a boy doing a man's job. I don't know what is his based salary if he makes the squad next year.

  • In reply to Roti2000:

    I'm excited about this. I hope he actually gets to play a half, I have seats behind the goal...

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    I'm not particularly against it if the player's development and training is handled correctly. The reserve division and academies that are now in place may go a long way towards making sure that kids aren't forced into the big team too early.

  • In reply to cesba:

    congrats to SJ! even if he doesnt make the match squad, hopefully he gains as a player & has an even better season for the Fire this upcoming year!

  • In reply to cesba:

    Yeah awesome that Sean was called in!
    Really sucks we couldn't/didn't sign Cervi after drafting him!
    Awesome that 3 of the 4 goalies have Fire roots!

    Congrats to Matt on winning the MLS Cup with underdog Rapids and Busch winning the starting job in SJ and upseeding Joe Cannon!

  • In reply to smiley:

    I am glad that Sean Johnson is getting a look for the USMNT while Pickens earned that spot as well especially his stock went up with an MLS Cup ring under his resume.

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