Sean Johnson of NYCFC wants to be the No. 1 goaltender for USMNT
Sep 10, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson (25) throws the ball in against the Toronto FC during the second half at Toyota Park. Toronto FC defeats the Chicago Fire 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The ambition of goaltender Sean Johnson did not end with his acquisition by NYCFC. He is also looking at the top spot with the USMNT.

The recent change in the head coaching position for the USMT from Jurgen Klinsmann to Bruce Arena has opened up possibilities and opportunities.

Sean Johnson, the 27-year old number one goalie is now plying his trade forĀ NYCFC. He wants to play at the national level, as well, for the first time since February of 2015, via Mark Booth of nycfc.com.

“I’m a competitor who wants to represent their country at the highest level-to be the guy-it’s definitely a motivating factor,” Johnson explained.

Johnson wants to use his time in the media capital of the United States to catch Arena’s eye. Sean feels by starting off well here, he can find the way to get back on the national team. He also was approached about the question of playing out of the backfield. He admits to being intrigued by the possibility of adding that aspect to his game and his chances for bigger things.

“It’s something I’m really excited about as I haven’t had the chance to do it before in my career on a consistent basis,” Johnson explained,”Most definitely it will be a positive change for me.”

That is not the only change Sean Johnson is envisioning for himself. He is looking to supplant Tim Howard as the number one guy in the nets as the U.S is struggling in the Hexagonal section of FIFA World Cup qualification for Russia 2018.

“It’s always been a goal of mine to try to push and to get myself into the nationAl team picture-especially for the number one slot,” Johnson pointed out.

Sean Johnson wants a lot on his plate. He is ready and willing to assume the mantle of leadership between the pipes on a club and national level. He is not afraid of the spotlight and feels his time is now.

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