US names roster for WC Qualifiers - Sean Johnson called

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.


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  • Defense could really gleen from Boca's experience. Also found the outside back depth interesting. Midfield is eh, forwards should be able to do something though. Interesting set of qualifiers coming up.

    And still no Sad Landon. *single, silent tear*

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Boca hasn't played a match in almost two months.

  • In reply to Roti2000:

    That was Klinsmann's rationale for not picking him. With injuries on the back line and no depth outside he still should be on the squad in my book if for nothing other than leadership and experience.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I understand that--although no matter who we have back there they a) should be able to contain Costa Rica at home and b) will be torn apart by Chicharito, Dos Santos, and Guardaro at the Azteca.

    You might as well give the young guys a chance to play some high-pressure games.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Too bad we didn't have Boca last week! :)

  • Wow. The US is going to lose. I just look at that back line and feel sick.

    As for the Fire, I have confidence in Paolo's shot-stopping, but SJ has much more game time to work with the defense. With a new and relatively inexperienced back line, and a substitute keeper, however, good, there is a greater chance for miscommunication that Chivas could exploit.

  • I thought the #3 keeper was allowed to remain with his club, at least for the home leg where he can get to Denver on short notice if necessary.

  • In reply to iron81:

    Good point....I'll ask about that.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Jeff Crandall made mention of Paolo getting the nod this weekend already though, which would lead me to believe Sean already headed out.

  • Justin Morrow got a call up? I am not jumping for joy over Morrow on the USMNT. Bocanegra's experience is needed and players like him along with Zach Loyd or Michael Parkhurst are better options IMO.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Bocanegra decision based on lack of current playing time according to JK....still puzzling.

  • Per Jeff Crandall....Johnson will travel to Colorado and Mexico.

  • So how many posts/tweets with you and Jeff get about Paulo starting over SJ because of his display of goalie-ing excellence on Saturday?

    Maybe El Chelis will trade Bornstein's rights for Tornaghi? ;)

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    none I hope

  • Any information about a Polish international midfielder coming our way? Someone mentioned that he heard a rumor to that effect but couldn't provide any further details.

  • You talking about the rumor (w/ link) that popped up on the Section 8 forums? Not sure there's anything to that, but I can't remember if that's the same rumor or a different one.

  • Alec Kann has officially been signed by the club. Not surprising given Johnson's departure w/ USMNT.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:


  • If you're a USMNT fan. this piece by the Sporting New's Brian Strauss is a must read.....

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I read *most* of that article. I'm not a Klinsmann apologist, but doesn't this stuff happen with every team: players don't agree with managing decisions and go to the press. Think about what's happening to Mourhino at the club level or Capello with England from a couple years back.

    As for tactics, this is an old critique of Klinsmann. Bob Bradley made some really poor decisions himself regarding player personnel and lineups (see the last Gold Cup final).

    I wonder how much the Honduras debacle had to do with the crazy travel schedule for our European-based players, many of whom played on Sunday, flew to Miami on Monday and then down to Honduras on Tuesday for the Wednesday match.

    Although it is later in the season (for the Europeans) they may have a better time acclimating and Klinsmann will have four days of training. The relatively MLS-heavy squad may be fresher even.

  • In reply to Roti2000:

    Very good point. There are dissenters on every club and some of the issues described in the article aren't uncommon. It's also very easy to write a piece like that based on anonymous statements with little accountability on the player side.

    Still an interesting read though.

  • Why are there MLS games scheduled during FIFA international dates?

  • Houston's Brad Davis has been added to the USMNT roster.

  • Bakary Soumare has asked the Union for a trade and the club is looking to accommodate him.

    Would you take him on the Fire?

    Soumare made $280k last year and his cap hit this year is a little higher than that.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    No.. would rather have Gargan back.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    No!!!! Always thought he was very overrated always clumsy with the ball at his feet

  • Worth it. Bring him back to Chicago. Fodder for our next episode, for sure. :)

  • The Polish midfielder mentioned is Sebasian Mila, age 30,
    has played as an attacking midfielder. In 275 games he's scored 47 goals with 91 assists. Don't know how good he is, but no doubt he's a better passer than anyone on the roster, then again a gnat would be a better passer than anyone on the team at this point.
    On transfer market they estimated his value at 1.2 mil Euros,
    roughly 1.5 mil U.S.

  • Even if Mila turns out well, we still need someone on top.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    The Fire have not spoken to Sebastian Mila. MLS may have had some contact but the Fire have not.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I checked the information on Mila (via wikipedia), I noticed that he was conteplating on coming to Chicago back in 2006 right before they signed Blanco as a DP.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Hot Time pointed that out as well. There were apparently some discussions with him back then which may have lead to the current speculation.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Yea I don't understand why the Flre seem to trade for or sign all these midfielders when it seems pretty obvious we need a goal scorer.

  • The Fire need both a striker and an attacking midfielder to be competitive
    We need someone to get the ball to the forwards and someone on top to score on a consistent basis. At this point it's unknown if Mila is headed this way. If MLS has been in contact with Mila it could signal that he could end up here given the large Polish population in the area. His stats are somewhat better than Grazzini's.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    To think about it, the Fire don't need Grazzini at this point. Don't get me wrong, he has done some great things for the Fire but he has issues of staying on the pitch for a full 90 minutes. They need a playmaker that they can rely on every week. I have watched Grazzini playing for Athletica de Rafaela, he usually starts and comes out after the 65th minute or he comes in as a sub in the 70th minute. Along with a midlfielder, they need a home run hitter on top (ie Paolo Guerrero or Humberto Suazo).

  • In reply to longoria3:

    That's the type of forward they need unfortunately those two guys aren't on the market. Guerrero is under contract until 2015 and Monterrey just announced today that Suazo has renewed with them for 3 more years.


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