August 30, 2015
Fire's Johnson to join USMNT for Brazil
CHICAGO - Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson has been selected by United States Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the international friendly against five-time World Cup champions Brazil.
The U.S. first faces Peru, which finished third in Copa America this summer, on Sept. 4 at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. (4 p.m. PT; FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Go, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network) before meeting five-time World Cup champion Brazil at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on Sept. 8 (5 p.m. PT; ESPN Networks, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network).
"The bigger picture is to get some answers for how we put things together for the Mexico game a month from now," said Klinsmann. "Obviously we want to continue to have a good flow of guys from the Gold Cup, but also to bring back guys who are in position to compete for a spot on the roster for Oct. 10. Our message to these guys is simple: prove a point that you want to be at the Rose Bowl."
Johnson will depart following the Fire's road match against the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. CT (CSN/ESPN Deportes 97.5 FM).
A total of 15 players from the group were a part of the team that represented the United States this summer at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and 12 join from the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad. The roster is loaded with experience, boasting an average of nearly 27 caps. Three players have 50 or more appearances, while only five have 10 caps or less.
Matt Besler and Germaine Jones could see action for the first time since February and fellow 2014 World Cup teammates Geoff Cameron and Tim Howard are back in the mix for the first time in 2015. Meantime, SV Sandhausen forward Andrew Wooten will make his first appearance in an MNT camp, the 25-year-old having scored five goals in the first five games this season.
Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley and Seattle Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey will be added to the U.S. roster for the match against Brazil, and goalkeeper William Yarbrough will return to his club and be replaced by C Johnson. Any additional changes will be determined following the game against Peru.
U.S. Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (8) : Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Greg Garza (Atlas), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Veracruz), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
FORWARDS (5) : Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin), Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)