Player Details


Sean Johnson


6' 3"


216 lbs

Date of Birth

5.31.1989 (33)


Atlanta, GA USA


2023 MLS Regular Season
2023 MLS Regular Season
Career Summary

How he joined the club: Selected in fourth round (No. 51 overall) of 2010 MLS SuperDraft

2016: (CHICAGO FIRE): Had five shutouts and 68 saves in 22 games. Had nine saves on 7/23 at NE, second-most for a single game in his career.

2015 (CHICAGO FIRE): Johnson had 59 saves in 21 games during a season that was marred by injuries. Despite the small clip of games, Johnson was able to notch shutouts on March 29 vs. PHI, April 24 vs. NYC, July 11 vs. SEA and Aug. 2 vs. DAL. Johnson also featured in three of the Fire’s four U.S. Open Cup matches. He earned wins against Louisville City FC on June 16 and the Charlotte Independence on June 30, and had a shutout in the LCFC match. His season was cut short when the club announced he had a torn labrum on Sept. 21, ending his year.

2014 (CHICAGO FIRE): One of only three players to appear in a team-high 33 matches. Made a total of 96 saves and earned a total of six shutouts, keeping clean sheets at COL on June 4, at NE on July 12, vs. VAN on July 30, vs. NYRB on Aug. 10, vs. DAL on Aug. 30 and MTL on Oct. 5. Saved Chris Tierney’s penalty kick attempt in the 85th minute against the New England Revolution on July 12, helping the Fire to their first win at Gillette Stadium since June 27, 2010. Named Chicago Fire MVP and Defensive Player of the Year

2013 (CHICAGO FIRE): Started all 28 matches in which he appeared. Missed six matches while on international duty. Earned six shutouts. Made a save on an Osvaldo Alonso penalty kick attempt against the Seattle Sounders Sept. 7. Recorded eight saves in a 3-0 road shutout at D.C. United Oct. 4. U.S. OPEN CUP: Started three matches for the Fire, leading the Men in Red to the semifinal round of the tournament.

2012 (CHICAGO FIRE): Played in a career-high 31 matches, earning five shutouts and a 1.24 goals against average across 2,766 minutes. Missed the first three matches of the season while with the U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team for Olympic Qualifying. MLS Cup Playoffs: Started and played the full 90 minutes of a 2-1 loss to HOU in the Eastern Conference Knockout match 10/31.

2011 (CHICAGO FIRE): Played 28 matches, earning seven shutouts and a 1.32 goals against average across 2,520 minutes in his second season in Chicago. U.S. Open Cup: Joined Jalil Anibaba as the only two players on the roster to appear in all six qualifying and tournament matches, playing 570 minutes, earning shutouts in a 1-0 win 6/28 at Rochester and 4-0 victory 7/12 vs. Red Bull New York. At 22, became the youngest goalkeeper to start in a U.S. Open Cup final since Nick Rimando appeared for the Miami Fusion against the Fire in the 2000 Championship match. International Friendlies: Started both international friendlies, logging a total of 90 shutout minutes in a 3-1 loss 7/23 vs. Manchester United and 1-0 loss 9/14 vs. Chivas de Guadalajara.

2010 (CHICAGO FIRE): Selected in the fourth round (No. 51 overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft as a Generation adidas player. Played 13 matches, earning three shutouts and a 1.31 GAA across 1,170 minutes in his rookie season. Made his first league appearance and earned his first career win in 3-2 victory at league-leading LA on 8/1 and won the starting job soon after. Earned first league shutout a week later, making seven saves in a 0-0 draw vs. NY at Toyota Park. Earned 5 NAPA Save of the Week nominations, winning three of the weekly awards during the course of the season. Superliga: Appeared in two matches, earning a shutout in a 1-0 win vs. Pumas UNAM on 7/20. U.S. OPEN CUP: Appeared in one match, earning his first career shutout during a 0-0 draw with the Charleston Battery. International Friendlies: Made two appearances, earning first career professional start in 1-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain on 5/19. Came on for Andrew Dykstra in the 59th minute of a 1-0 loss to A.C. Milan on 5/30.

INTERNATIONAL (UNITED STATES): 2016: Selected to Jurgen Klinsmann’s January Camp roster. 2015: Part of the United States’ roster for their friendly against Brazil on Sept. 8. 2014: Selected to Jurgen Klinsmann’s January Camp roster. Johnson traveled to Brazil as part of the training camp as part of the federation’s preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 2013: Selected by U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to participate in the annual January training camp. Was a member of the U.S. squad that captured the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup crown. 2012: Named to the travel roster for the international friendly in Mexico 8/15, the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying match 9/7 in Jamaica and the international friendly in Russia 11/14. Was a member of the U.S. U23 Olympic Qualifying roster…Entered the match in the 39th minute of CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in a 3-3 draw with El Salvador 3/26. Had another run with Klinsmann’s January camp in 2015 and earned a cap with a second-half appearance in a 2-0 win against Panama on Feb. 8. Johnson also received a call-up ahead of the American’s Sept. 8 match against Brazil at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Johnson was on the bench for the game, but did not make an appearance.

COLLEGE (CENTRAL FLORIDA): Started both years he attended Central Florida, racking up seven shutouts and 191 saves in 37 career games. Johnson also made appearances for the United States U-20’s during his time with Central Florida.

PDL (FC ATLANTA BLACKHAWKS): Played six matches for FC Atlanta Blackhawks in 2009, going 4-0-2 with a 2.00 goals against average.

YOUTH (ATLANTA FIRE): Reached the semifinals of the 2006 Score at the Shore Tournament and at the 2006 Tampa Bay Sun Bowl. Also a three-year letter winner in soccer and basketball at Brookwood High School in Snellville, Ga.