That changed today.
NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson was selected for Bruce Arena’s final 23-man USMNT squad for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The 2017 selection is Johnson’s first in four years. Johnson also was selected for the 2013 Gold Cup roster, which the Stars & Stripes ultimately won for the fifth time.
New York City talisman Tommy McNamara also initially made the US’s provisional 40-man shortlist for the tournament, but was ultimately not selected.
This year’s Gold Cup takes place between July 7th and July 26th, and Major League Soccer will suspend all league play to from July 7th to July 18th to accommodate the group stage of the tournament. However, should the US make it out of their group there is a chance that NYCFC may have to call upon longtime backup keeper Eirik Johansen for their July 19th and July 22nd matches against Toronto FC and Chicago Fire respectively, both of whom are above New York City in the Eastern Conference.
To date, Johnson has won five caps for the USMNT. He also has previous experience with both the U-23 and U-20 sides.
We here at Hudson River Blue extend our best wishes to our beloved SeanJohn. Go get ‘em!
UPDATE: I originally stated that MLS’s schedule would accommodate for the whole tournament. However, it has been revealed that league play will only be suspended between July 7th and July 18th.