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updated: 3/18/2013 2:04 PM

U.S. Team calls up Fire goalie Johnson

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  • Sporting KC forward C.J. Sapong leaps over Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson during Saturday's match in Kansas City, Kan. Johnson, who has been called to join the U.S. National Team, earned his 16th MLS shutout in the match.

      Sporting KC forward C.J. Sapong leaps over Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson during Saturday's match in Kansas City, Kan. Johnson, who has been called to join the U.S. National Team, earned his 16th MLS shutout in the match.
    Associated Press

 
By Daily Herald News Services

Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson has been selected by U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Costa Rica at in Commerce City, Colo., on Friday, and against Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico on March 26, team officials announced.

The United States is one of the six CONCACAF nations competing in the final round of qualifying for a berth in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Johnson was an unused substitute for the United States' first match, a 2-1 loss in Honduras Feb. 6.

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Friday's game against Costa Rica opens at 9 p.m. (ESPN/UniMas) at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, and the match against Mexico at Estadio Azteca begins at 9:30 p.m. (ESPN/Univision).

Johnson, 23, has been capped three times. He is his fourth year as a professional and earned his 16th career shutout in a 0-0 draw at Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.

The call up means Johnson will miss the Fire's match against Chivas USA at 4 p.m. Sunday at Toyota Park (My50 Chicago/UniMas/107.9 La Ley).

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