Sean Johnson (soccer)

Sean Everet Johnson (born May 31, 1989) is an American soccer player who currently plays as a goalkeeper for New York City in Major League Soccer.

Sean Johnson
Johnson in April 2012
Personal information
Full name Sean Everet Johnson[1]
Date of birth (1989-05-31) May 31, 1989
Place of birth Lilburn, Georgia, United States
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
New York City
Number 1
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 UCF Knights 37 (0)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 Atlanta Blackhawks 7 (0)
2010–2016 Chicago Fire 176 (0)
2017– New York City 93 (0)
National team
2009 United States U20 4 (0)
2012 United States U23 2 (0)
2011– United States 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 11, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 26, 2019


College and amateur

Johnson played college soccer at the University of Central Florida,[2] where he earned Member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and was named Team MVP in 2008. He left college early to enter the 2010 MLS SuperDraft as a Generation Adidas player.

During his college years Johnson also played one season with Atlanta Blackhawks in the USL Premier Development League.[3]


Sean Johnson was drafted in the fourth round (51st overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by Chicago Fire.[4] He was the last Generation Adidas player selected in that draft. He made his MLS debut on August 1, 2010 during a 3-2 victory over Los Angeles Galaxy after earning the starting spot against Andrew Dykstra. In his rookie season, he earned back to back "Save of the Week" honors. In 2013, he was named the Chicago Fire's Defender of the Year. He had an 11–9–7 record with the Fire, including with 6 clean sheets.

On December 11, 2016 Atlanta United acquired Johnson from the Chicago Fire for general allocation money. Later that day New York City acquired Johnson from Atlanta United in exchange for general allocation money and target allocation money.[5]


Johnson holds United States and Jamaican citizenships.[6] He had brief tryouts with the Jamaican under-17 team in 2005 and under-20 team in 2008.

Johnson was selected to the United States men's national under-20 team in 2009. He appeared in one match in the 2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and later took part in three friendly matches. He also participated in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup as an unused substitute.[7]

Johnson was a member of the under-23 national team that participated in the 2012 Olympic Games qualifying tournament. After an injury to Bill Hamid, Johnson entered the game on the 39th minute of the last group match against El Salvador.[8]

Johnson earned his first senior cap for the United States national team entering as a halftime substitute in a friendly match against Chile on January 22, 2011.[9]

Johnson was named one of three goalkeepers assigned to the United States's 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster by coach Jurgen Klinsmann. He served as second choice keeper to Nick Rimando during a pre-tournament friendly against Guatemala and for the duration of the tournament. Johnson earned his first senior national team start on July 17, 2013, in the final match of the group stage, recording a clean sheet in a 1–0 victory against rival Costa Rica. During that game he made a key save in the 80th minute which led to the US's winning goal. The start officially cap-tied the dual-national Johnson to the United States.[6]

Personal life

His parents, Everet and Joy Johnson, are of Jamaican descent. He has a brother, Jarrett, who played professional basketball in Greece. His girlfriend is renowned dancer Marissa Horton from Washington, D.C.[10]


United States


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