The Fire will be without starting goalkeeper Sean Johnson this coming weekend against Chivas USA. The 23 year old ‘keeper in his fourth season with the club has been recalled by Jurgen Klinsmann for the US Men’s National Team’s World Cup Qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico on the 22nd and 26th respectively.
Johnson was also named to the roster as the third ‘keeper in early February for the start of qualifiers in Honduras. Tim Howard’s recent injury opened up a spot for either Johnson or DC United’s Bill Hamid, who made two spectacular saves in a 0-0 draw versus New York this past weekend and has also started the season in good form. The Fire will rely on Paolo Tornaghi while Johnson is away with the Nats.
Here’s the entire roster:
GK: Brad Guzan, Nick Rimando, Sean Johnson
D: Tony Beltran, Matt Besler, Geoff Cameron, Omar Gonzalez, Clarence Goodson, Justin Morrow
M: DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Michael Bradley, Joe Corona, Maurice Edu, Jermaine Jones, Sacha Klejstan, Brek Shea, Graham Zusi
F: Jozy Altidore, Terrence Boyd, Clint Dempsey, Herculez Gomez, Eddie Johnson
Real Salt Lake’s Tony Beltran and San Jose’s Justin Morrow are the only outside backs on the roster. Conspicuous by his absence is team captain and former Fire Carlos Bocanegra. Another former Fire, DaMarcus Beasley is back in after a good run with Puebla.