December 11, 2016
Chicago ships Sean Johnson
The Chicago Fire has traded former team most valuable player Sean Johnson to Atlanta United in exchange for General Allocation Money, the team announced Sunday. Johnson was then dealt to New York City FC for allocation money.
"Sean has defended our badge with passion and honor and we are thankful," Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez said. "We wish him well and he will always be a treasured member of our Fire family."
Johnson, a Lilburn, Ga., native began his professional career as the Fire’s fourth round selection (51st overall) in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft after two years as a University of Central Florida starter. Johnson, the Fire’s MVP in 2014 and two-time team Defensive Player of the Year, started 176 regular season matches, tallying 36 shutouts.
"The past seven years has been an incredible journey starting with a dream turned into an opportunity, eventually becoming a place that I am proud to call home," Johnson said in a release. "I never thought this day would come, but unfortunately this chapter of my life is coming to a close. I would like to thank Andrew Hauptman and the Chicago Fire organization for giving me the opportunity to represent this club. I'll be embarking on another journey that I'm excited and thankful for but I wish the Fire nothing but the best in the future. It has truly been an absolute honor to wear the badge."
Johnson, 27, has made five U.S. national team appearances, making his debut in a 1-1 draw with Chile Jan. 22, 2011.