Normally when a goalkeeper takes the Man of the Match award, a one-sided game is inferred but that wasn’t the case in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Portland Timbers.
NYCFC could easily have taken at least a point on the balance of play but still, the outfielders were indebted to Sean Johnson for keeping the Boys in Blue within range until the final second.
Not for the first time this season, Johnson resembled a brick wall between the posts, make a number of world class saves.
Recalling his man mountain showing against LA Galaxy at the Stub Hub Center last month, Sean had fans calling for an USMNT recall with this awesome showing.
Johnson saved his best for last on Saturday, producing a stop which had to be seen to be believed.
Diego Valeri must have thought he’d scored when he pulled the trigger from close range but Sean appeared out of nowhere, sprinting across his line and flicking the ball over the crossbar.
Save of the Season so far? It’s got to be in that conversation.