NYCFC Acquires Veteran Keeper Johnson

Sean Johnson
Sean Johnson has joined New York City FC.
Sean Johnson
Sean Johnson has joined New York City FC.

The busy offseason for New York City FC continues as the team has brought in veteran goalkeeper Sean Johnson as part of a three team deal.

MLSSoccer.com reported that the trade during Major League Soccer’s Half-Day Trade Window on Sunday, December 11, included New York City, Chicago Fire and Atlanta United. Johnson was traded by Chicago to Atlanta, which then moved the goalkeeper to NYCFC for General Allocation Money and Targeted Allocation Money.

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Claudio Reyna, New York City’s sporting director believes that his team now has one of the best goalkeepers in MLS.

“Sean has been one of the best goalkeepers in MLS over the last five years and has also spent time with the US National Team,” Reyna said in a team press release. “He is an athletic, commanding goalkeeper who is entering the peak of his career and we are excited to have him join our club.”

Johnson was Chicago’s 51st overall pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. He made a 176 starts over the past seven years and had been the longest-tenured Fire player.

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Goalkeeping became an issue for New York City late in the season. Head coach Patrick Vieira in the final match of the season replaced veteran keeper Josh Saunders, who was the team’s starter through much of the past two seasons, with Eirik Johansen who started NYCFC’s two playoff games against Toronto FC.

“I’m really pleased that we have added Sean to our roster for 2017,” Vieira said. “Competition for places in our squad is important across every position and we believe we’ve signed a goalkeeper with a huge amount of experience in this league, with his best years still ahead. I’m really looking forward to working with him when we return for training after the holidays.”