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Fire release goalkeeper Dykstra

1/31/2011

The Chicago Fire released goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra on Monday, a move that was growing more apparent with the emergence of Sean Johnson and the trade for Jon Conway during the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.

Dykstra started the 2010 season as the team's No. 1 goalkeeper, replacing Jon Busch, who was released shortly before the campaign. Dykstra held onto that role until SuperLiga, when Johnson got his first in-game action with Chicago and held on to the top slot the rest of the way.

Johnson missed several matches in the second half of the season because of an eye injury, and Dykstra filled in.

For the season, Dykstra posted a 5-6-6 record with five shutouts and a 1.28 goals against average. Dykstra did not play in a regular-season match in 2009 as Busch manned the net for the entire season.

Heading into this year's preseason, Johnson is the team's clear-cut No. 1, coming off his U.S. National Team debut in a 1-1 draw against Chile on Jan. 22. Conway, who was acquired from Toronto FC during the draft, will be the team's primary backup.

The Fire will need a third person to take on the role of the team's developmental goalkeeper. One possibility could be former AC St. Louis goalkeeper Alec Duffy, who trained with the Fire late during the 2010 season.