Keep up the good work Sean! - Jonathan Daniel
The Chicago Fire goalkeeper continues to have the confidence of Jurgen Klinsmann as Sean earns yet another USMNT cap
It nice to see that Sean still seems to be the preferred young goalkeeper at this point in Jurgen's mind. While he likely won't get any playing time, every international cap he can get is valuable experience. Getting to work with Tim Howard can only be a positive learning experience in my mind. Check out the full story if you want here. Here's the condensed version for your convenience:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg), Maurice Edu (Stoke City), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Joshua Gatt (Molde), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Herculez Gomez (Santos Laguna)
While we don't see a Clint Dempsey or Landon Donovan (whose time with the USMNT seems to be winding down anyway), this should still be an exciting match to watch. It's nice to see Mix Diskerud get a well deserved appearance. I will also be keeping an eye on youngsters like Terrence Boyd, Josh Gatt and Joe Gyau. We should get a good glimpse of the future of the USMNT with some of these youngsters.
The game will be shown on ESPN2, ESPN3, and Univision, with broadcast time set for 9 AM CST. It's going to be an early game for USMNT fans against a Russia team currently ranked #9 in the world. Although this is just a friendly, it's yet another measuring stick in terms of our progress under Jurgen. The road has been pretty bumpy for him and the team lately, so hopefully the US can come out and put in a good performance. And you never know, maybe we will see SJ in action too. The game will be taking place in Krasnodar, Russia. I believe the pronunciation for the name of the town is "Sean's House."