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Our fair NYCFC allowed 57 goals in the 2016 regular season, just one behind the worst mark in the league. They bowed out of the playoffs with a 7-0 aggregate shellacking at the hands of eventual Eastern Conference champion Toronto FC.
Today, the Bronx Blues may be taking their first step in turning the page.
Goal.com’s Ives Galarcep writes today that 2017 expansion side Atlanta United is looking to deal goalkeeper Sean Johnson, recently acquired from Chicago, to New York City FC.
The report comes on the heels of murmurs that the Dirty South club has targeted U.S. international keeper Brad Guzan, currently twiddling his thumbs on the bench in the Premier League at Middlesborough.
Sean Johnson, age 27, stands six-foot-four, and was at one point considered a key asset for the future of the U.S. National Team, though he’s capped just five times since his 2011 international debut. He originally signed with the Chicago Fire in 2010, and made 22 appearances in 2016, notching five clean sheets.
He also surrendered six goals to DC United in August, and four to a certain NYCFC four weeks later.
The rangy Eirik Johansen started New York City’s final three games in 2016, marking what appeared to be the end of the Josh Saunders era. It was clear to us that Claudio Reyna & Co. needed to ink one more goalkeeper to shore up the numbers — no offense to Andre Rawls — before the offseason gives way to the preseason.
In SeanJohn, it appears that they’ve got their guy.
Join us in hoping that the Georgia native’s best years are ahead of him.