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By DAN KARELL
There’s little to no doubt that without Sean Johnson’s heroics, the Chicago Fire wouldn’t have left Philadelphia with a point in hand.
Late in the second half of the Fire’s 3-3 draw at the Philadelphia Union, Johnson made five saves in a six-minute period. Beginning in the 81st minute, Johnson single-handedly kept his team in the game and kept the scoreline from getting out of hand, as it easily could have.
Johnson first saved a long-range strike from Cristian Maidana and then stopped a point-blank header from C.J. Sapong. In the 86th minute, Johnson dove to his right to save a powerful Richie Marquez header off a corner, and then a minute later, Johnson parried away a low strike from outside of the box by Brian Carroll before deflecting another shot from close range by Sebastien Le Toux.
Here’s a clip of Johnson’s late heroics (watch here).
Johnson finished the match with eight saves and eight recoveries. Johnson’s made 45 saves this season, with a 1.31 goals against average and a record of 4-8-4 in 16 matches.
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