Johannsson declares USA eligibility
United States men's national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann will have another attacking option up his sleeve.
AZ Alkmaar forward Aron Jóhannsson announced on Monday his intention to become a United States international player. Jóhannsson, a dual national who had eligibility for the United States and Iceland national teams respectively, revealed his decision on Facebook.
"I have decided to make myself eligible for the USA national football team. I was fortunate in that I could choose between playing for Iceland or the USA since I have dual citizenship," he wrote.
"It was neither an easy nor hasty decision, because I was faced with two good national teams. I thank the coaches of Iceland for their interest in me and wish the Iceland national team all the best in the future. Sincerely, Aron Johannsson AZ Alkmaar."
Born in Mobile, Ala., the 22-year-old joined AZ Alkmaar from AGF Aarhus in January and has scored three times in five appearances for the Eredivisie club. Ex-teammate Jozy Altidore lauded Jóhannsson's decision to join the United States men's national team on Twitter:
Highly regarded within AZ Alkmaar circles, Jóhannsson will take bulk of the scoring responsibility left by Altidore's departure to Premier League club Sunderland next season. Former US international and current AZ team director, Earnie Stewart, praised Jóhannsson's skill set and backed the forward to follow in Altidore's footsteps.
"He's good, very good, that's why we have him. He's a typical center forward with good agility," Stewart said of Johannsson to Goal.com. "He's very cool - I guess all Icelandic players are - and at the same time he has a nose in front of goal. He's a player to be reckoned with and if Jozy would leave, we already have a striker that can fill his shoes in the future."