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Posted by on Nov 8, 2012 in MLS, National, Recent, USMNT, World, World Cup 2014 | 2 comments

USMNT: Five MLS Goalkeepers That Could Play a Part in Brazil 2014

There is no arguing that Tim Howard is the king of the US goalkeepers. There is few, if any, arguments that Brad Guzan is the number 2 in line for the position. Beyond these two Premier League level keepers Klinsmann has deemed Nick Rimando of Real Salt Lake the number 3. Looking past the three that currently hold down the first team spots for the USMNT, MLS is the obvious place to look for a quick fill-in. So who would be the current front-runners if Klinsmann needs to fill a hole left by injury or suspension?

  • Sean Johnson – Chicago Fire

The Olympics could have been the time to shine for the young keeper. A dreadful mistake in qualifying ruined that chance. Johnson did recover from that experience and had a good 2012 season in MLS. A fall from grace for the Fire towards the end of the season did not reflect the effort he put in. There are big things in his future.

  • Bill Hamid – DC United

Another of the keepers from the failed Olympic qualification attempt. Hamid did not respond nearly as well as his counterpart, Johnson. His 2012 season was riddled with injuries and up and down performances. Although the end of the year ended much better for the young keeper, his name was not mentioned as much as it had been in 2011. Hopefully he can take the great end to the season in 2012 into the new season in 2013.

  • Dan Kennedy – Chivas USA

Don’t let the last place finish and most goals allowed in the Western Conference fool you. Kennedy was one of the only stand out performers on a Chivas USA team that was not very good. A keeper can only stand on his head so many times before allowing a goal and the amount of shots he faced was a sign of criminal defending. Kennedy deserves a better defense in front of him and could be a keeper of the year nominee at any other team.

  • Tally Hall – Houston Dynamo

The four year vet has taken the starters job in Houston over the past two years and been a great piece in their continued success. In those two years he has played in some high stakes games including playoffs and an MLS Cup. Still very young in his career he is often overlooked in terms of great young keepers in the league. He offers great shot blocking ability and is a builtĀ a keeper at 6 foot 4.

  • Zac MacMath – Philadelphia Union

Another young keeper going through his trials and tribulations early in his career. Has not had a steady back line in front of him and at times his leadership has been questioned in organizing his defense. That is in stark contrast to his shot stopping ability. He has US Youth National Team experience and offers great potential. His 2013 season will determine how quickly he could climb up the ladder.

Look for these posts in the weeks ahead:

  • Five MLS Defenders That Could Play a Part in Brazil 2014
  • Five MLS Midfielders That Could Play a Part in Brazil 2014
  • Five MLS Forwards That Could Play a Part in Brazil 2014


  1. On Sean Johnson…

    He did not play well in the playoff match vs. Houston. I have serious questions about his mental preparedness and ability to put in sound performances during big games. It’s not just the Olympic debacle. Fire fans know what I’m talking about.

    If I’m Klinsmann, and I’m ranking your list of five, I’m putting Johnson at #3 or #4. And if MacMath comes back from Everton? having learned and improved in the off-season (while Sean Johnson plays FIFA 2013 and gorges on sushi), then perhaps Johnson falls to #4 or #5.

    • Scott,

      Thanks for the comment. My list is in no particular order, but I do agree with your rankings. These young keepers are on pretty level ground and the next year could be a huge determination who has a leg up if the #3 slot opens up on the GK depth chart. All of them have their mental lapses, but are still very young with a lot to learn.

      Even as a Union supporter I would love to see Johnson making strides because he could be a huge piece in the USMNT future.