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.