In our first interview, I had the great pleasure of interviewing Sean Johnson, the goalie for the MLS team Chicago Fire. This is his first season playing for an MLS team, so we at TeamPages, thought he would be a great person to interview for the new interview series “TeamPages Chat with the Pros”!
“Stay focused in school, because school will take you that much closer to being a professional athlete” is the advice Sean Johnson gives to aspiring professional athletes. Sean also believes that the best way to improve your goalie skills are “repetition, just doing the simple things right, and right over and over again will instil them in you and make you a good goal keeper”. Sean has a great personality which really shines through in this interview, even during some tough questions. When asked how he keeps his head in the game after letting in a goal, his response was ” 1 goal doesn’t necessarily mean your team is out of it…just keeping your head up after a goal is scored is definitely important because a team can feed after your energy, and if you are negative after a goal is scored, your teammates will lose confidence in you.”
To learn more about his tips on nutrition, which sports he played growing up, and who he looks up to, be sure to watch the interview!
The second goalkeeper taken in the 2010 SuperDraft, Johnson was selected 51st overall, two spots behind Brian Perk, his teammate on the 2009 U20 national team and the first goalkeeper taken in the draft. A Generation Adidas signee, the 20-year-old Johnson will sit in reserve of Andrew Dykstra to start 2010.
2009: Left UCF to train with U.S. U20 national team in preparation for the FIFA U20 World Championships in Egypt. Was named to world championship team but did not enter a match as the Americans crashed out in the group stage … Played six matches for FC Atlanta Blackhawks of the USL Premier Development League, going 4-0-2 with a 2.00 goals against average.
2008: Made one appearance for the U20 Men’s National Team in a 2-0 win over Haiti on December 20. Johnson was named team’s Most Valuable Player, starting every match in goal, recording 108 saves on the season and setting a new school record for saves in a game with 14 on Oct. 14 against SMU. Finished the season with a 7-11-1 record, recording five shutouts, with an 1.30 goals against average and a .812 save percentage… 2007: Appeared in 18 matches as a freshman for Central Florida, going 4-12-2, recording an 2.10 goals against average and a .680 save percentage.
A three-year letter winner in soccer at Brookwood High School in Snellville, Ga….Posted a .000 goals-against-average in 11 matches as a freshman…Moved to the forward position as a junior, scoring five goals and adding eight assists for 18 points…Named Gwinnett Prep Rally Player of the Week…Helped the Broncos earn consecutive Region 8 5A titles and advance to the 2006 State 5A Quarterfinals…Also played for the Atlanta Fire club team that was a semifinalist at the 2006 Score at the Shore Tournament and at the 2006 Tampa Bay Sun Bowl…Made the U17 Jamaican National Team pool…Also earned three letters as a power forward for the BHS basketball squad…Led the team in scoring and rebounding…Selected Gwinnett County Team of the Month.
Born Sean Johnson in Atlanta, Ga….Son of Everet and Joy Johnson…Brother Jarrett played professional basketball in Greece.
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Keep playing hard,