Thursday, December 1, 2011
Fire GK Johnson to train with Everton
By Charlie Corr
Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson has noted in the past that he relates closely with Tim Howard's style of play in the goal.
Now Johnson will train alongside the U.S. National Team and Everton goalkeeper.
The Fire announced on their official site Thursday that Johnson is taking part in a week-long training session at Everton's Finch Farm training ground starting this Sunday and running through Dec. 10.
"For a young goalkeeper like Sean, it's great that he's continuing to train and develop in the offseason," Fire head coach Frank Klopas said. "He'll be in a different environment where he can learn from a talented 'keeper in Tim Howard and go up against Premier League players. It benefits us as much as it does for him to have that experience."
The Fire said that schedule concerns prevented Johnson from training with Manchester United, which was noted as a possibility among various reports about a month ago.
The 22-year-old Johnson is coming off his second season with the Fire. He posted a 9-7-12 record with seven shutouts and 76 saves in 2011.
Johnson was selected by the Fire in the fourth round of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft and he was thrust into a starting role for Chicago in the second half of his rookie season.
Johnson currently is the only goalkeeper on the Fire's roster as the team made Jon Conway and Alec Dufty available for the upcoming MLS Re-Entry Draft.