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Johnson's out, Dykstra's back in

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The Fire will have a goalkeeper change for Friday night's match against the Columbus Crew at Toyota Park. Sean Johnson, who took over as the starter at midseason, will sit out after suffering an eye injury in practice on Tuesday. Andrew Dykstra, who hasn't played since a July 14 loss to Monarcas Morelia in the SuperLiga tourney, will return in goal.
Johnson's injury was diagnosed as hyphema, which resulted in internal bleed in the eye and possible visual problems. He could be available for Tuesday's home game against Kansas City. The injury developed when he took a shot in the face.
Statistically the two haven't been much different. Dykstra was 4-5-5 in 14 starts and allowed 19 goals. Johnson was 3-6-3 in 12 starts and allowed 16 goals.
The Fire will also be without Mike Banner (Achilles) against the Crew and Gonzalo Segares, John Thorrington and Baggio Husidic are questionable with quadricep strains. Nery Castillo, who did make the last two-game road trip, returned to training this week and could play against Columbus.
The Fire will also be involved in the Bank of America Marathon on Sunday, as the first pro team recognized as a charity partner of one of the world's biggest road races. The Chicago Fire Foundation has 11 runners committed to raising at least $750 for the Foundation through participation in the race, and the club will have a cheering station at the 14-mile mark.
Among those running on behalf of the team are Bill Sixsmith, a ticket sales guru, and Becky Carroll, the vice president of communications and community affairs.

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