The Chicago Fire reported on Wednesday that Sean Johnson will be out for Friday's match against the Columbus Crew. From the Fire's website:
The injury came during a small-sided scrimmage where Johnson took a shot from close range square in the face. The first-year keeper was diagnosed Tuesday afternoon with Hyphema – which occurs with internal bleeding in the eye, blocking vision.
It figures that Sean Johnson could only get injured one way - BY BLOCKING A BALL. I'm sure this Twitter feed would agree. You have to admire Johnson's dedication, I mean it was just practice, not a game. Carlos de los Cobos will turn to Andrew Dykstra for the start. Dykstra was in goal when the Fire lost to the Columbus Crew 2-1 on July 3rd. It was Dykstra's second to last MLS start before Sean Johnson got the job.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has the scoop that AC St. Louis' Alec Dufty will be joining the Fire as the backup goalie.
AC St. Louis goalie Alec Dufty who overcame a slow start to be one of the top players on the Division 2 team, is the first AC St. Louis player to "graduate," as it were, to MLS.
Dufty, who made one MLS appearance with New York last season, posting a shutout after coming on as a very early sub, and then spent the rest of the season on the bench in Columbus, is joining the Fire on loan for the rest of the season.
Former Red Bull and Crew and we helped AC St. Louis have a MLS first? I'm not liking this Dufty dude but looks like he will be around until October 23rd. I wonder if he will be at The Pitch tonight... at 6'5 he would be hard to miss. Check out his profile here. Best of luck to Andrew this weekend. We really need this game for pride if nothing else. It's not often we get to play on the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire.