The U.S. men’s national team held a dynamic Uruguay attacking unit in check during Sunday’s goal-less draw in Kansas City with goalkeeper Sean Johnson shining brightest in his first international appearance in 29 months
Johnson helped the Americans earn a second consecutive clean sheet this month, playing a key role in between the posts. The 32-year-old earned SBI Man of the Match honors after delivering a three-save shutout at Children’s Mercy Park in his first USMNT cap since January 2020.
Johnson earned the nod over Matt Turner and Ethan Horvath on Sunday and helped silence Diego Alonso’s attack, which featured Darwin Nunez, Maxi Gomez, and second-half substitute Edinson Cavani. The NYCFC goalkeeper’s biggest contribution came in the 63rd minute as he dived low to repel Mathias Olivera’s close-range shot off of a dangerous cross from Matias Vecino.
Even as Uruguay pushed late for a winning goal, Johnson stood tall in the final minutes as Gregg Berhalter’s side walked away with a favorable result prior to Friday’s Concacaf Nations League opener.
Johnson wasn’t the only USMNT player to show well on Sunday, with Walker Zimmerman, Tyler Adams, and Yunus Musah garnering Honorable Mention in the Man of the Match discussion.
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