Everything was thumb’s up for Sean Johnson Saturday night. (Kelvin Kuo/USA TODAY Sports)
Outside of scoring the winning goal, Sean Johnson could not have done any more or better for New York City FC.
The veteran goalkeeper was outstanding in the net, helping City secure a shutout at the StubHubCenter in Carson, Calif., a 2-0 victory over the LA Galaxy Saturday night.
Johnson, who made five saves, some of them spectacular, was named FrontRowSoccer.com player of the week.
It was his first selection of the season for the award, which included games through Sunday.
“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 denied Romain Alessandrini by tipping away his right-wing cross in the 15th minute. He went into action again in the 40th minute, parrying away Pele van Anholt’s attempt. In the 84th minute, Johnson stopped Bradford Jamieson’s 16-yard attempt in the 84th minute.
“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 Sunday.
FrontRowSoccer.com player of the week winners
Week 1 (March 6) — Joseph Bendik (Orlando City SC)
Week 2 (March 13) — David Villa (New York City FC)
Week 3 (March 20) — Rodney Wallace (New York City FC)
Week 4 (March 27) — Vincent Bezecourt (New York Red Bulls II)
Week 5 (April 3) — Ronald Matarrita (New York City FC)
Week 6 (April 10) — Jimmy Maurer (New York Cosmos)
Week 7 (April 17) — Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls)
Week 8 (April 24) — Alex Muyl (New York Red Bulls)
Week 9 (May 1) — Jack Harrison (New York City FC)
Week 10 (May 8) — Rodney Wallace (New York City FC)
Week 11 (May 15) — Sam Kerr (Sky Blue FC)
Week 12 (May 22) — David Villa (New York City FC)
Week 13 (May 29) — Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls)
Week 14 (June 5) — Alex Callens and Maxime Chanot (New York City FC)
Week 15 (June 12) — No award given
Week 16 (June 19) — Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls), David Villa (New York City FC)
Week 17 (June 26) — Ben Sweat (New York City FC)
Week 18 (July 3) — Sam Kerr (Sky Blue FC)
Week 19 (July 10) — Sam Kerr (Sky Blue FC)
Week 20 (July 17) — Eric Calvillo (New York Cosmos)
Week 21 (July 24) — Daniel Royer (New York Red Bulls)
Week 22 (July 31) — Eric Calvillo (New York Cosmos)
Week 23 (Aug. 7) — David Villa (New York City FC)
Week 24 (Aug. 14) — Sean Johnson (New York City FC)