After impressing with the United States Under-23 team in Europe, goalkeeper Sean Johnson will get a chance to be tutored for a week by one of America's best players ever at the position.
The Chicago Fire have announced that the 22-year-old shot stopper will be joining Everton to train from Dec. 4-10. This will allow Johnson to be mentored by US starting goalkeeper Tim Howard, who has 72 international caps. Former US backup keeper Marcus Hahnemann is also on the squad as well as US goalkeeping coach Chris Woods who also works for Everton.
After hosting the Toffees in a 2008 friendly at Toyota Park, Chicago maintained a relationship with the Merseyside club and utilized it to facilitate the move.
“I think it’s great when you have opportunities like this,” Fire head coach Frank Klopas told MLSsoccer.com. “Everton was here a few years ago and played us in an exhibition match and those relationships that you build go a long way with opportunities like this for guys like Sean.”
The move is expected to boost Johnson's chances of being called up to the senior national side and Klopas thinks it will help his club form as well.
“I think it’s great for Sean to be in a different environment and to continue training at a high level,” Klopas said. “It’s only going to benefit him and our team.”