Sean Johnson: “I feel good and that’s the most important thing.” (Kelvin Kuo/USA TODAY Sports)
CARSON, Calif. — Sean Johnson doesn’t know if U.S. national coach Bruce Arena attended New York City FC’s 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy at the StubHub Center, but he could not have picked a better time to play his best game of the Major League Soccer season Saturday night.
The veteran goalkeeper made five saves, some of them spectacular, as City moved into second place in the Eastern Conference.
“Sean had a fantastic game,” NYCFC head coach Patrick Vieira said. “We tried not to give them so much space but against the quality of the players that they have up front you will concede chances during the game and when we conceded those chances our keeper made the save.”
Johnson was called into the U.S. national team for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Although he did not play in the competition, his confidence has been on the rise.
“Obviously being in the Gold Cup and being a part of that group it was good to get in,” he said. “I also spoke to Matt Reis after the game. My job is to go out and give everything I got. I know Bruce and those guys are always watching games so it feels good to play well in this one but I have to keep it going.”
Arena, who coached the Galaxy prior to taking on the national team for the second time, lives in nearby Manhattan Beach.
Johnson has been happy with his current form.
“I feel good and that’s the most important thing,” he said, adding that he wants to do “everything I can to help this team.
“We’re at a key moment in our season. We’ve had two good wins against two good teams. It’s a big stretch for us. We got to just keep moving forward. We’ll enjoy this one for a couple days then start preparing for New England.”
NYCFC hosts the New England Revolution at Yankee Stadium next Sunday.
Johnson indicated that he will be ready.
“I’m always motivated,” he said. “You got to find that thing that self-motivates you … and being so close to the top of the table. It’s a really special team and it motivates me every single day to come out and play the game I love.”