Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson has been selected by U.S. Men's National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann for FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against Costa Rica at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. on March 22 and against Mexico at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on March 26.
He will miss the Fire's game this Sunday against Chivas USA at Toyota Park. Backup Paolo Tornaghi is expected to get the start.
National Team starting goalkeeper Tim Howard is currently nursing a back injury and backup Brad Guzan is expected to start for the United States in both upcoming matches.
With a healthy Howard, Johnson has served as the third goalkeeper on the roster. At Tuesday's CONCACAF press conference at Soldier Field announcing the venue as the host of this year's Gold Cup Final, Klinsmann said Johnson will remain the team's third goalkeeper despite the injury to Howard.
Instead, Klinsmann will go with veteran Nick Rimando as Guzan's backup until Howard returns.