Toronto FC has signed U.S. national team goalkeeper Sean Johnson as a free agent.
Johnson, who was signed using TAM through 2024, should stabilize the goalkeeping situation in Toronto.
The Reds slumped to a 9-18-7 record with the third-worst defense in MLS and finished 13th out of 14 teams in the Eastern Conference. Veterans Alex Bono and Quentin Westberg were out of contract and not re-signed for 2023.
“Sean is among the top goalkeepers in MLS, and we are thrilled he has chosen Toronto FC as his new club,” said Toronto FC president Bill Manning. “Sean is a true leader on and off the field, and his experience, winning mentality and shot blocking ability will help us solidify our defense.”
Toronto FC will be the 33-year-old Johnson's third MLS club after Chicago (2010-16) and NYCFC (2017-22).
The highlight of his club career came in 2021 when he captained NYCFC to its first MLS title.
In MLS Cup, Johnson made two saves in the shootout for the 4-2 win at Portland, sprawling to his right to stop Felipe Mora and veteran Diego Valeri on the Timbers' first two attempts.
And that came after Johnson stopped Adam Buksa for the difference in a 5-4 win over Supporters' Shield winner New England in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Johnson went to the 2022 World Cup with the USMNT as a backup keeper and is currently in camp for the team's two January friendlies.