UPDATE Sean Johnson is an Atlanta United player (somehow). He's reportedly going to New York City FC, according to Goal.
Johnson, an Atlanta native, was acquired by United from the Chicago Fire last month in a deal that has yet to be publicly announced because of the league's current transaction freeze, which will be lifted Sunday, the day after the MLS Cup final.
Same as was said before. NYCFC needs a keeper. Sean Johnson needs a change of scenery.
Could a move DOWN the map translate into a move UP the USMNT goalkeeper depth chart? We might be about to find out! (Sorry.)
Sam Stejskal of MLSSoccer.com reports that Sean Johnson may be moving from the Chicago Fire to newly minted MLS club Atlanta United. The deal is "all but done, but can't become official until the MLS trade window temporarily re-opens on Sunday, December 11th".
Johnson was the starter for Chicago from 2011 through 2015. However, he began last season as the backup before regaining the top spot. The Lilburn, Georgia native has made 176 career appearances, allowing 249 goals. He's an acrobatic shot stopper, who has performed admirably while playing with a club that has been in a funk for a very long time.
Johnson has earned five caps for the senior national team, and was a part of the roster for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He was also a member of the Under-23 squad that failed to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Johnson fell off a bit during Jurgen Klinsmann's tenure. The former USMNT manager and technical director described him (and D.C. United's Bill Hamid) as going through "ups and downs -- physically with injuries and also with performance."
That was Klinsmann's opinion and now there's a new manager to impress. Perhaps a move to a new club will reinvigorate Johnson. The U.S. is looking for a keeper who can step in after Howard retires (post-2018 World Cup?), and Johnson could eventually be that player.