Johannsson chooses USMNT over Iceland

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By DAN KARELL

Just days after reportedly calling up uncapped dual-national John Anthony Brooks to the U.S. Men’s National Team, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann will have another dual-national player to pick from.

Making an announcement on his Facebook page, AZ Alkmaar forward Aron Johannsson has decided to pledge his future to the USMNT, rejecting the nation that raised him, Iceland, despite playing for them in the youth levels.

The 22-year-old Mobile, Alabama native was mentioned by Klinsmann as recently as May as someone he was keeping an eye on, and a player that the USMNT coach wanted to bring into a camp in the near future. It’s unknown whether Johannsson will be able to file his one-time switch in time for the August 14 friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina, though it’s certainly possible he could take part in camp regardless.

Last season, Johannsson split the season between AGF Aarhus and AZ Alkmaar, scoring 14 goals in 18 matches until December with AGF, and then three goals in five games with Alkmaar. With Jozy Altidore moving to Sunderland, Johannsson should have a great opportunity to receive a starting place for the coming season.

What do you think of this decision? Happy to see dual-nationals choosing the USMNT? Do you see Johannsson contributing to this team prior to the World Cup in Brazil? How does this affect MLS-based forwards moving forward?

Share your thoughts below.

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293 Responses to Johannsson chooses USMNT over Iceland

  1. kmac014 says:

    Awesome news! was waiting to see when this would be up here.
    Here is a link to his fb with his announcement: link to facebook.com

    The depth on our team is deeper than ever before, easily
    He can play all of the forward positions as I am aware which should help our width, If I was eddie johnson I would be concerned

    • kmac014 says:

      Should’ve read it before I posted as Ives already linked his FB, anyway here are some highlights from youtube with some pretty nice goals: link to youtu.be

      • Alex says:

        That little flick on header to himself, in the first goal, was pretty nasty.

        • Rory says:

          Preston Zimmerman is off somewhere crying to himself.

          • Chef says:

            These interwebs are hilarious. The difference between the remarks on this thread and the thread about JAB a few days ago is like night and day, black and white. Oh wait…

            • kev2 says:

              LOL ok. Just as many people are upset that we’ve got another foreigner playing for our “national” team.

              • Chef says:

                Direct yourself to the comments section.
                link to soccerbyives.net

                I honestly believe you are smart enough to read and can see the difference. I could be wrong though.

              • RoryMiller says:

                Two things: first, I’m happy with the JAB possibility and didn’t even read that post let alone respond.

                Second, Is it that hard to imagine that soccer fans would somehow be more excited about a rising goalscorer than a defender?

                Third, JAB plays into the meme of the Germericans and some people are overly concerned because there are quite a few of them and Klinsy’s German as well. I think Chandler’s “will I, won’t I” situation hurt the goodwill there quite a bit too.

            • Mister JC says:

              + 1 Well done

            • sony says:

              you think obama?

    • Josh D says:

      Klinsi proving himself on the field and off. Brooks and now Aron, plus the Gold Cup final? Has to be a top week for fans. August is looking like the juiciest friendly in quite awhile!

      For a quick run down: Aron can play up top and as a wide forward, though he favors the Jozy role. Direct competition with Boyd for a plane ticket.

      • Judging Amy says:

        Easily better than Boyd, no?

        • Bobb says:

          Right now, I’d say so. But they’re not really competing for a spot. Boyd is a big physical guy, he will be up against Altidore (who is obviously a lock to go), Wooten, Wood, Bruin, etc.
          This decision is more relevant to forwards like Gomez (who you’d have to think is going if he’s healthy and playing well), EJ, Wondo, JackMac, etc.

        • Josh D says:

          Farther along in his development due to more experience at the club level, yes. And more accomplished. Better? It’s tough to say only because some players perform at the club level and never do so for the national team.

          Boyd has had very poor games recently. Aron is prime to snake in. The opportunity is there for him. Though if I had to guess, I’d say Aron is more dangerous at this time.

      • QuakerOtis says:

        Klinsi is bringin’ home the Bacon.

      • louisz says:

        I think Aron is more in competition with EJ, Gomez and Wondo and maybe even FJ since he can also play the wing. Aron is a lefty. I don’t think he is primarely in competion with Boyd, they are differnt type of players. Aron also is very capable of playing the SS but I just don’t see him bumping Dempsey. This revelation puts a new twist on where LD is going to play, left or right Wing/mid, at worst I see Aron, making it as a sub.

    • NE Matt says:

      I would say Boyd, Wondo and Herc Gomez should be concerned. Not so much EJ

      • Kmac014 says:

        I meant EJ in a starting/playing time role. Agree with the other guys u mentioned

      • Joamiq says:

        The 3rd/4th striker spots are totally up for grabs. Herc probably has an edge on the rest. It’ll be fun to see Johannsson, EJ, and Boyd (primarily) battle it out for that last spot (unless Klinsi chooses to take 5, which is possible).

    • BBB says:

      I’ve seen this guy play and he’s good…and, he was awesome in “Footloose!”

    • How can Johannsson go wrong with an agent named Magus Magusson?

      • Joe+G says:

        Icelandic names are incredible. The Brit announcers at the UEFA Women’s Champs were pulling their hair out because all the names end in “-dottir” (meaning “daughter of”). Their mouths were so full of syllables, they couldn’t get any names out.

    • sony says:

      Noah we don’t need that 14 y.o. kid.

  2. GretelNick says:

    Fantastic!

  3. Clover362 says:

    Good get especially given the forward pool at the moment. Wih wondo ineffective and Gomez dealing with an injury the us is actually shallow behind altidore. Being him to camp to get acclimated and cap tie him if we qualify early. Then see if be plays well enough at AZ to be on the 23 for the WC (maybe taking gomez’s spot).

    • Joe+G says:

      No need to cap tie him. Once his switch is approved, he can’t switch back (at least under current rules). That’s why it’s such a big decision.

    • Lost in Space says:

      Striker is actually becoming a very deep position within the US Team. We have a number of players who can/will be contributing over the next 10 months….
      Jozy, EJ, Boyd, Agudelo, Bunbury, Wooten can all play the Target Striker role
      Dempsey, Donovan, Gomez, Johannson, Wood, Wondo all do well playing withdrawn striker & Wing striker.
      Will be interesting to see how this all plays out in the coming months.

      • Bobb says:

        Never mention Bunbury in a discussion of US forwards again.

        • Mike in Missouri says:

          Once he recovers from fully, he can work himself back in the mix. Tore his ACL less than a year ago.

          • Bobb says:

            Missouri, SKC, Bunbury… not surprised you think but that’s fanboy nonsense.

            Teal Bunbury may never play for the full US national team again. Certainly not beyond a January Camp. Certainly not in a non-friendly.

            He’s not even that good for MLS. And that was the case BEFORE his injury. He was losing his job to CJ Sapong… Bunbury has two moves, and an awful touch… I don’t know if he ever starts for a decent MLS team again.

            • Lost in Space says:

              Same was said of EJ…and he has been able to come back into the pool and has proved useful (at times). I think, when in form, he’s better than Gordon as a striker…and he was called into the GC.

            • Brain Guy says:

              I guess Bobb doesn’t love that Boon-boo-ree.

      • Ben says:

        Come on man, Bunbury, Agudelo, and Wooten are simply not ready. EJ is always an up and down player. This kid is a big get.

    • The Imperative Voice says:

      I think the forward pool is deeper than ever. Jozy/ Landon/ Dempsey/ Gomez/ Boyd/ Johnson/ Wondo. Plus this guy.

      I don’t see him as a Bunbury but this will be no cakewalk for him. And by filing the switch now instead of perhaps 2-3 months ago, he is behind the 8 ball in terms of integration. The A team has played for a month or so, gotten its job done; the B team has come in, and had some hotter or colder performances. Gomez is hurt and Boyd apparently not deemed in form, but this guy would have done well to be available for one or both sets of games where the coach could see if/where he fit. Now he’s trying to wedge into a bunch of players who with the two exceptions I pointed out, stated a case already.

      But he is young enough to where if his switch plays out like Jones’ did, he can still point to the next two cycles.

      • Joe+G says:

        I don’t think Jurgen ever planned on calling in Boyd for the Gold Cup (though I think it would have been a good idea). Boyd just scored 2 goals in his 2nd league game, so he isn’t going to disappear.

        • M says:

          Boyd scored 2 of 10 in a pre season match ..just saying

        • The Imperative Voice says:

          He isn’t necessarily disappearing but he with the limited exception of that Mexico game hasn’t had much chance to do anything, and when you don’t play in the qualis and then are off the Gold Cup list, when do you get the chance to prove yourself? Wondo will say he had 5, Landon will say he had 5, EJ produced in both sets, I think Boyd is better top end than two of those three but he had no chance to show it. Maybe the coach secretly holds him dear but in terms of what we can actually see Klinsi didn’t show it, he did disappear after the friendlies.

    • Lutch57 says:

      Wando is hardly ineffective he had 5 goals in essentially three Gold Cup matches.

    • Dennis says:

      Wondo ineffective is a refrain, it is not a fact with any basis. 6 goals in 15 or 16 games (and averaging less than 45 minutes in each) is easily a higher strike rate per minute than any other USMNT player who has played more than a half-dozen games and is higher even if you count only games against teams Wondo has actually had the chance to play against, but Donavon might be close.

      If you want to dis Wondo, stick to facts that are real rather than imagined. He is not big, he is not the best sprinter in the pool, he does not possess tremendous strength. He does constantly move to unsettle defenses, he does make himself available for service and when he gets the ball, he can finish. In the Panama game both EJ and Donavon missed chances Wondo could have finished. Since coaches have chosen not to play him against the more difficult teams, they are the reason he has not scored against the better competition, that and rather poor service in a lot of the games he has been in. (Of course, you can argue that the only reason I didn’t score against Germany or Belgium is that the coach didn’t play me either, so I agree that may be weak, but Wondo is a lot closer than I am.)
      Wondo’s biggest hurdle is impressing JK, until that happens he will never get the chance in any meaningful games. Given that JK has clearly shown a preference for big and fast, no other way to explain Shea’s frequent looks, (and probably the early infatuation with Boyd, a reason Gordon was called in, etc.) Wondo has a steep hill to climb and it is more about impressing a coach than anything else.

      • Mr_A says:

        +1. Here’s hopin’ Wondo gets in!

      • Hunt Daddy says:

        Dude you are the biggest Wondo homer ever! He’s a good player. He’s just not USMNT A-team quality. Those goals against Belize and Cuba are outliers. They were scored against AMATEURS. They really don’t count. Wondo is a excellent inside the box. Unfortunately, the field is 120 yards long, not 18.

      • Eurosnob says:

        Let’s stick to the facts. Wondo has scored against Guatemala’s B team, Belize and Cuba. None of these teams will be in Brazil, since they did not even make it to the Hexagonal. Wondo played against the following teams, but failed to score: Chile, Spain, Canada (3 times), Panama (2 times), Guadelupe, Venezuela, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Honduras. These numbers are not sufficient to book a ticket for Brazil – he is a bubble player on the outside looking in.

        • cmills000 says:

          +1

        • Dennis says:

          Yes, but he played in less than 30 minutes average in those games that he failed to score in (It really was actually 30 minutes per game in his first 11 appearances for the USMNT, and by the way, no other was scoring very much for the US in those games either.) Like I said look up the statistics for Gold Cup games (the B versions if you want) and no other player has scored so many goals per minute as Wondo.

  4. Jamie Z. says:

    Boo-ya!

  5. squirtlover says:

    I am still being cautiously optimistic, but this could be huge!

    • kmac014 says:

      If he files the one-time switch, which is reported already in process, then there is no turning back for him. He is essentially cap-tied to the US now, be as optimistic as you want!

  6. Freddie Footballer says:

    Holy moly, John Anthony Brooks and now Aron. We are on a roll. Well, Klinsy is…

    • Rory says:

      Since U.S.A. (University of South Alabama) is where he was born, this was completely obvious!
      But seriously, who would have guessed that L.A. (lower Alabama) would have made such a contribution to the US team!

      Also of note: Aron did spend a year at Bradenton, 2007-2008.

      • Norma Duncan says:

        There are literally tens of thousands little southern boys and girls playing soccer every weekend.

        • RoryMiller says:

          Yep, but so few of them ever go on to go pro. Could be a factor of the fact there is no MLS footprint in the South, could be that scouts are too busy in Cali/Texas/Jersey. Could be that the best athletes in the South are still playing gridiron, but any way you look at it there just isn’t a LOT of talent coming from the South.

    • Eric says:

      This is actually bigger news than the JAB call-up, because this requires Aron to file his one-time switch with FIFA, functionally making him cap-tied to the USA. JAB has yet to be cap-tied.

      Still, this represents another coup for Klinsi, considering he has also cap tied Timmy Chandler and Mix Diskerud this year, and he cap tied Joe Corona last year.

      Congratulations on the decision, Aron. Glad to have you in the fold.

      • Joe+G says:

        He also cap-tied Sean Johnson. Only Hamid from the standard pool isn’t cap-tied from among the dual citizens.

      • Joamiq says:

        Personally disagree that this is bigger news, since we have more problems at centerback. JAB could be a bigger factor. You’re right though of course, he has to be cap tied.

  7. Jacknut says:

    Bah. He’s not a real American. He just plays in the Dutch League. No one good ever came from AZ. I won’t accept him as he didn’t grow up in Texas/Cali/Jersey/wherever/. If he was any good, Iceland would already have cap-tied him. He doesn’t speak Spanish.

    Did I get them all?

    • 2tone says:

      Covered them. Wait is he German enough?

    • Josh says:

      My favorite was not speaking Spanish.

    • YO says:

      He might be lazy…perhaps!

      • Rory says:

        Well as a Kentuckian, I like anything that makes our National team more than just the Cali/Jersey squad. I’m claiming Aron as a true Southerner and can’t wait to see him and Jack Mac up top at the 2017 Gold Cup representing the nation of Greater Texas. :-)

        • CplDaniel says:

          Texas, TX was represented by 3 players at the last World Cup. This time around, we might be adding Shea and “Adopted Texan” Cameron. But don’t discount those players from the Pacific-West Texas, or the youth coming up the ranks for 2018 coming out of NYC out there in North Texas.

        • beachbum says:

          how American of you

    • squirtlover says:

      Does he have any African American in his heritage?

    • KingGoogleyEye says:

      Great list. Missed a “He’s only picked for the Eurosnobs / MLS is as good as any league in the world” complaint.

    • Chef says:

      You missed “his dad must have bailed on him.”

      The conversation on this thread is COMPLETELY different from the discussion about JAB a few days back. The only difference is that JAB is half black. I’m only pointing out the obvious though. I’m not seeing slowleftarm, Grunt, and Chris complaining now. People weren’t complaining about Mixx either. I guess they “look American enough.” Probably after I post this they will start to comment just to try to prove me wrong. The U.S. still has a long way to go. Props to most of the SBI readers that comment though. Just a few bad apples.

      • Sly says:

        +1 Thank you for this.

      • Bobb says:

        So true… real Americans accept any player who has America in their hearts.

        “I’m not seeing slowleftarm, Grunt, and Chris complaining now.”

        Where are these ******* now?

      • Joamiq says:

        Yep.

      • Francois says:

        +1 couldn’t have said it better myself. Those commenters are completely xenophobic bigots who should be banned.

      • KingGoogleyEye says:

        Or perhaps all the backlash they received from their previous stupid comments convinced them to shut up. We can only hope.

      • Roman Lewandowski says:

        No, I’d much rather have the military kids than a guy like this, who is “American” by a technicality.

        Maybe people aren’t posting because they don’t want two dozen angry, self-righteous comments for the second time in a week.

        • KingGoogleyEye says:

          “…American by a technicality.”

          So am I: technically, I was born and raised here.

          This isn’t the Marines or the Oval Office; what difference does it make how red-white-and-blue his blood is?

          • JD SoOR says:

            Technically, as an Icelander, he would still have red-white-and-blue blood, just arranged in a bordered cross instead of stars and stripes :P

          • Roman Lewandowski says:

            Nothing is more American than having an opinion. I’m not out to convert anybody.

  8. JayBoy says:

    This is exciting as he’s immediately a top prospect for us. At the same time, he and Brooks should have declared before the Gold Cup. They could have been fully implemented by now. Unless they have amazing seasons, I actually doubt either of them make the Brazil roster. We probably only have 8-10 games left before the roster is set, which is not very many!

    • 2tone says:

      I bet both make the Brazil roster as long as they are both in form.

    • Brett says:

      They’re not aiming for Brazil, most of the spots for Brazil are decided barring injury. They’re likely aiming for Russia and beyond.

      • Rory says:

        If Johannson puts up Jozy-like numbers this year he will be at Brazil.

      • Josh D says:

        Both are looking at the competition and thinking they can get to Brazil.

        Brooks has: Gooch, Boca, Gonzo, Besler, Goodson, Fiscal.

        Aron: Jozy, Johnson, Boyd, Agudelo, Gomez.

        If both played like they did last season, both playing in tougher leagues this season, they will have a great chance of making it.

        • the unmistakeable Ronaldinho says:

          I have never seen either play. I doubt many people have… obviously reports say they’re both really talented players though and will have a shot at Brazil.

          The problem is obviously they are behind the 8-ball in terms of establishing themselves with not much time to work their way in.

          At CB its possible we only bring Besler, Goodson, Gonzalez with Cameron and possibly Edu on the roster as well who could fill in.

          With only 1 central striker spot in our lineup, we may not bring the traditional 4 strikers especially if you consider Dempsey could play there as well.

          Both need to hit the ground running with their clubs this season.

          • Andrew says:

            Aron Johansson wouldn’t play the target forward role anyway. We’re likely looking at playing him either as a second striker behind Altidore or on either wing. He’s competing with Gomez and Johnson, but not Altidore or Boyd.

            • the unmistakeable Ronaldinho says:

              There seems to be a lot of ambiguity about what position the guy plays.
              Does he play in the hole or out wide like Bedoya or is he a striker who can play on the wing like EJ or Gomez? Just fuels my belief that we barely know anything about him. I’m sure he is a talented kid but lets see him play before we start projecting him into the World Cup Roster.

              Either way he is facing some really established and quality competition.

              • Ben says:

                He is a striker. He is going to play the position Jozy played for AZ last season. He is more like Jozy than the other guys. That said, like Jozy, I think he is also more talented than the other guys.

              • Mike R says:

                Ya, from altidore then there a big dark abyss to the next contender

        • CplDaniel says:

          Brooks also has to contend with Cameron and Mo’. They have both been slotted into CB before, and if we are too stacked at DM and RB, I can imagine Klinsmann bringing Cameron as a CD. Broooks has got a wall to climb to make the brazil squad.

      • Joamiq says:

        There are absolutely plenty of open spots left on that plane to Brazil. We’re still almost a year away. Beasley didn’t really start playing for the senior squad until Jan. 2002, and look what he did in Japan/Korea.

        • the unmistakeable Ronaldinho says:

          That has been true in the past but I don’t think there will be someone unexpected shooting into the lineup a few months before the tournament this time around. We have much more depth than we have ever had meaning that if a couple guys drop off we already have an established plan b to replace them. In world cups past we never really had a ‘plan b’ in many cases and just went with the hot hand.

          • Joamiq says:

            Yeah, but we’re also not even into the last few months yet. AJ and JAB could still play in qualifying.

            • the unmistakeable Ronaldinho says:

              September qualifiers may come too soon for them. I think Klinsmann will stick with what has been working for those games. Best case scenario for those 2 will be for us to lock up our spot in September leaving 2 games for them to potentially get some meaningful pt. There is still time but they need to hit the ground running with their clubs and take full advantage of any national team opportunities to work their way up the depth charts. Its not an easy task

            • Left Wing says:

              Plus the run up of friendlies gives coach the final who’s hot / who fits in my scheme test.

              Plus a full year in eridiv and bunde

              • the unmistakeable Ronaldinho says:

                I just don’t see us using our precious few last friendlies to try out some new players. We have a really good group to move forward with and those game will be used to fine tune the squad and decide on the final 3-4 guys on the roster. Like I said before, they need to hit the ground running in their domestic leagues and get on this team ASAP. If they haven’t played for us by the end of 2013 I don’t see it happening.

      • blokhin says:

        here is who is going to Brazil barring injury: Bradley, Dempsey, Altidore, Jones, Cameron, Howard, Guzan, Fabian Johnson, Donovan, Besler

        the other 13 spots (11 field players) are TBD: Omar, Goodson, Fiscal, Brooks, etc…still need to lock down 2-3 CB spots-is anyone here really a clear lock that even with a dip in form gets to go?

        Dolo, Chandler, Beasley, Parkhurst, Castillo, Evans (?) are competing for 2-3 fullback spots

        Mixx, Holden, Beckerman, Klestjan, Torres, Edu, Williams are competing for 2-3 CM spots

        Shea, Davis, Corona, Bedoya are competing for 2-3 Wing spots and

        EJ, Gomez, Boyd, Wondo and Johnansson are competing for 2-3 forward spots

        plenty of competition left, too many players are up and down and basically even on merits beyond a gaem here and there

        • Lost in Space says:

          While I agree with your listing of players who are going to Brazil…IMO you’ve got players listed in the TBD group who (through performance) insured that they are staying home.
          Davis, Wondo, & Castillo will be nowhere near the top 30 heading into May 2014. all 3 have shown that they can’t contribute to the international level (and please don’t say Wondo scored 5 in the GC). Unfortunately with the news about Holden he won’t be in the mix either….9 months recovery doesn’t give him enough time to get his form back.
          Gomez & Dolo are both injured….he’ll have ground to make up quickly if they hope to make it back to WC contention.

        • Ben says:

          This is the first realistic assessment I’ve seen. The competition is wide open for spots, and Jurgen isn’t going to spurn guys just because they are a bit late to the party if they are the ones in form and deserving. Maybe it harsh, but that is sports.

        • cmills000 says:

          Sorry but as much as I am rooting for him, Holden will not be in the running for a spot anymore.

    • AcidBurn says:

      I bet he watched Wondo and EJ in the Gold Cup and said “if that’s all they’ve got, I’m there.”

      • Jack says:

        I’ve never seen this kid play. What’s his main strengths and weaknesses? If this kid is all the talk though I believe him and EJ will fight for the backup striker role.

        • Bird says:

          Brooks and Johansson? I have watched them play a lot. Brooks is the real deal, Omar size but very talented on the ball and great distribution he also positions well and is athletic. Still makes some mistakes but expected from a 20 year old. Johansson to me plays similar to Marco Reus. Great touch, technical player that makes great runs to get goals but can also make a great pass, he isnt really big like Jozy, again similar to Reus. He should excel at AZ and already has end of last year and this preseason which I have watched.

          • the unmistakeable Ronaldinho says:

            When you say you have ‘watched them a lot’ how often do you mean?
            Also, how have you been able to watch so many Bundisliga 2 games and Danish league games?

            I’m not trying to be an a$$ I just don’t see how its possible to have regularly watched both of these guys’ young careers from the US.

      • Charles says:

        Another guy ripping on Americans, thinking the next guy will be great….at which point he will rip on them too.

        Gold Cup Champs with the guys we have now.

      • louisz says:

        He already played with Jozy, so he knows already who are top dog is.
        I think he has a very good chance to make it for Brazil.

  9. froboy says:

    The article’s link (someone sent to me) made me depressed at first johannsson-chooses-iceland

  10. BamaMan says:

    Roll Tide!

  11. Jawaad says:

    So how does this affect the 23 next summer? Do you guys think he’ll make it on the plane? Potentially on the field? Where does he figure to slot in and what would his role be over the course of the next year?

    From all accounts, this was a huge get and has been intriguing to me for awhile. For the first time seemingly ever, we have too much quality attackers/midfield talent that I’m having trouble even figuring out how to get them on the field. From my count Jozy, Donovan, Dempsey, Fabian, Bradley, Jones, Mixx, Cameron, Bedoya, Corona, Shea, Holden (I really hope he’s able to come next year)… I think it’s pretty safe to say I’ve never been more excited about the team’s potential going forward and the depth we have. In many cases, the guys that come in as subs will be very talented players that are basically waiting for an opportunity to crack this lineup. Good stuff.

    • Josh says:

      I would add Zusi and Beckerman to the mix. But yes, it’s definitely a new feeling to wondering who’s going to make the team because we have to many. I feel like I’m tricking myself into a false sense of security.

    • jayboy says:

      Yeah, the depth factor is really where this helps the most. In the past few World Cups or even Gold Cups, even one injury to a starter has forced us to completely change our tactics/formation. Having 23 players in Brazil that are all very good will definitely help us advance in the tournament.

      • GretelNick says:

        To wit, Mix coming in for Stewie. Let the competition to be most in-form begin!

      • MLSsnob says:

        We’re finally going to have the problems that the top countries have, not all of our best players make the field, someone’s going to have to sit.

    • Eric says:

      I think the only two strikers who basically have their tickets punched for Brazil are Jozy and Herc (assuming both are healthy), plus I guess Donovan if you count him as a striker rather than an attacking midfielder. That leaves 1-2 spots behind those guys up for grabs for guys like Aron, Boyd, EJ, etc. So I think he has got a chance.

      I would be stunned if JK doesn’t call up Aron for the Bosnia friendly, just to begin getting him integrated now and seeing what he’s got.

    • Joamiq says:

      He can absolutely make it on that plane. My guess is Klinsi will end up taking Jozy, Dempsey, Herc, Johannsson, and Boyd (I’m putting Dempsey more in a forward role and Donovan more in a midfield role), but there’s still plenty of time left, so who knows.

  12. Josh says:

    I’m a big fan of Aron, although admittedly have only seen limited play since follower AZ for the last year or two. Would have liked to see him on USA earlier but it’s always a good sign. I have no problem with joining the USMNT, but it seems like a risky move considering out forward stash at the moment. With the 4-2-3-1 (4-2-1-1?) we’ve kind of shifted into, there’s really only one true forward on the field. JK is warming to Jozy, clearly likes Herc, and EJ has been playing well, and even Wondo has found the scoring touch for now. Just wondering if the timing works against him with this roster right now.

    And yes, I understand “too many” is better than “too few” a la 2010, but worth noting.

    • Beto says:

      With or without Aron Jo, our team looks more and more ready for a 4-3-3:
      Jozy-Demps-Donovan
      Jones-Bradley-Johnson/Zusi

      EJ, AJo, Boyd, Corona, Shea, Holden, etc all work well into that line up off the bench

      • baropbop says:

        Have you seen jones played out wide? It’s a catastrophe

        • Joamiq says:

          Yeah, that wouldn’t work at all. In general this team has showed that it cannot play effectively without wingers. This is still very much a 4-4-2/4-4-1-1 pool.

    • Lost in Space says:

      Aron is a left winger….his place in a 4-2-3-1 would be wide left in the (3) spot.
      From what little I’ve seen of his play he’s a speedy players (ala Gatt) who runs the touchline and cuts in. He’s likely going to be in compitition with the likes of Gomez, EJ, Corona, Bedoya, Shea, and possibly Torres…for that Substitution rotation.
      He may not make the 2014 Team, but is a nice addition/prospect for the 2018 cycle.
      2018 pool is really shaping up to be deep and dynamic:
      Bradley, Jozy, F. Johnson, Diskerud, Johannson, Corona, Shea, Boyd, Agudelo, D. Williams, Gonzalez, Besler, Chandler, JAB, etc…This is a very exciting bunch of young players. Good experience, skill, and speed…Strong defensively and powerful in the attack.

      • Gary Page says:

        Glad to see your comments; somebody who gets it. All this speculation on whether he makes the team going to Brazil is really pointless. This is about building a team, a tradition, depth, etc. Whether he goes to Brazil or not, the significance of this is huge. The US has depth like never before, lots of promising young players. Remember, folks, when not too long ago many were worried about who we would get to replace Donovan and Dempsey after Brazil, how our youth teams weren’t doing well, etc? Because the US is doing well and improving, now we are getting the players who probably would have gone elsewhere before (like Subotic). Quality attracts quality and the future of the US team has never looked brighter.

        • GretelNick says:

          Exactly, success breeds success. Who wouldn’t want to be coached by JK right now?

        • Josh says:

          I don’t think looking at who makes the team in 2014 is pointless in any sense of the word. Yes, it’s great to have young guys that can play, but we’re playing for Brazil right now. It’s pointless to overlook Brazil and start looking at Russia. Think of where we were five years ago and how meaningless 95% of it is because it matters how people turn out, not how much we want their potential to come through. Five years ago, guys like Zusi, Corono, Besler, Beasley at LB, none of these guys were on the radar and instead we were relying on the potential of Charlie Davies, Freddie Adu, and others who couldn’t live up to standards. Potential is great, but you can’t overlook how players are right now and/or the near future with the biggest competition one year away.

          • Lost in Space says:

            Josh….I don’t think people are saying who makes the team in 2014 is pointless. Rather that at the moment we don’t need to rush some of the younger players into the spotlight or over hyping them.
            Now if players like Johannson, Mix, Corona, Boyd, etc….are ready to take a starting role in 2014 more power to them. However, if they aren’t….if they need more experience with club & international to be able to contribute…it’s nice that we’re actually in a place to give them that chance to mature/gain experience and not have to throw them to the wolves. That is what I was saying. Bring in young guys like Aron and the other….give them experience, but don’t put the weight of the world on them when we actually have good players we can lean on (baring injury).

      • 2tone says:

        Aron is a striker that can play winger. he is not a winger first.

        • louisz says:

          I agree, he realy came in to his own once he was moved to the striker position, he wasn’t a slouch at the wing but he didn’t have the number he got as a striker, doesn’t he hold the euro record for the fastest hat trick? something like the 3 minutes and change?

          • Mike E. says:

            And 4 goal record.

            Seriously that’s just crazy to think about… against professional players he scored 3 times in 3 minutes.

  13. Ryan nanez says:

    I definitely see him on the plane to brazil if he has a good season at AZ. I think he’d take either gomez or Boyd’s spot. I like gomez but I think his best years are behind him. Oh and here’s hoping JAB has a good season in the bundesliga

  14. Brett says:

    Good player. Glad he chose us. Kid has World Cup dreams and those likely won’t become reality with Iceland.

    It would have been nice to see him play with Altidore and maybe develop some chemistry.

  15. Beto says:

    When the Yanks go marching in,
    Aron Jo wants to be in that number!

    Everyone wants to be with a winner, lets keep this winning streak rolling.

  16. Felix says:

    To tell the truth, I was hoping to he would pick Iceland.

    To me, this case is different than players like Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona, Mix Diskerud, Jermaine Jones or Fabian Johnson.

    Even though Castillo and Corona suited up for Mexico first – they were born and raised in the US – so they are American citizens.

    With the plethora of Ger-mericans – even though they were born and raised in Germany, they are the sons of American servicemen, and many of them (though not all I understand) did maintain ties to their American families, and the one exception who did not – Terrence Boyd, has embraced his American heritage.

    Finally, even though Diskerud, played for and maintained eligibility to the USMNT and Norway, he is the son of an American mother, and spent his summers here in the US.

    All of the players listed above, have some sort of tie to this country, a real tie.

    Which leads me to Aron Johansson – he was born in the US, but left when he was 3 years old, and only through his parents’ choice of education does he have the option of representing this country.

    This case reeks of “opportunism” more than all the others. At the end of the day, if he comes in with commitment, drive, skill and enthusiasm, he will be embraced I’m sure. But I hope this just isn’t a player who just happens, through a quirk, has a chance to go to a World Cup with a country he has no true ties with.

    • Josh says:

      I think that’s a pretty cynical way of looking at it. Calling it opportunism presents it like he’s taking advantage of the system in a way the others didn’t. Just because the listed players have military ties to the US doesn’t make them any less opportunistic. Many of them still grew up in German and grew up being just as much German as American. They weren’t going to get a chance on the German squad, and guys like Timmy Chandler have found that out the hard way, and so they took an opportunity with the US. Are we going to deride them because they took advantage of the system?

      The point is, he wants to play for the USA and he has the right to do so. It’s not like he’s guaranteed a spot on this team. He’s guaranteed a chance just like everybody else. If he plays well for the team and embraces it, who are we to judge his reasons to make this career-altering decision with no guarantees on USMNT?

    • Nathan says:

      If he demonstrates that he’s not committed to the USMNT, there’s no reason that Jurgen (or whoever is the manager in the future), needs to play him. Cannot see how having him as an option is a bad thing.

    • nick says:

      If he represents the Unites States well, adapts to our culture/style of play AND makes us better at the same time, his parents could be from Mars for all I care….

    • Joe says:

      Eh. Certainly a bit of opportunism; however, I think it’s a good sign that people are choosing the US because we’re better than their other options, as opposed to choosing us because they can’t break in to their native side.

    • YO says:

      Don’t forget he can still be drafted in case of war.

    • Matthew says:

      The guy is an American citizen. End of story.

    • James says:

      I’ll take him!

    • David M says:

      I’m sure we’ll be hearing soon that even though he grew up in Iceland, he really felt more American than Icelandic, the US has really always been in his heart, and ever since he was a little boy, he has always dreamt of playing for the US national team, especially since it gives him a much better chance of playing in the World Cup.

      Now, if Iceland were a shoe-in for a place in Brazil and the US with only a small outside chance, then he would have always dreamt of playing for Iceland.

    • 2tone says:

      Actually he played at Bradenton in his youth when his parents were living in Florida. So yes he does have a tie to the US.

    • Roman Lewandowski says:

      +1, Felix. You’re not alone. I wanted him to choose Iceland as well.

  17. YO says:

    If this guy has a better first touch than EJ, then we can be that much better.

  18. batwact says:

    Anyone think this decision was made partly because Johannsson has been watching the exciting, ball control, attacking style of soccer we’ve seen from the boys during this Gold Cup?

    Great signing and here’s hoping he thrives and flourishes in the void left by Jozy at AZ.

    • AcidBurn says:

      Seems like quite a coincidence that he declares the day after the Gold Cup ends…watching the US destroy teams throughout the Gold Cup might have influenced his decision.

      In any case, welcome AJ, excellent prospect to add to the pool. Let’s hope he tears it up at AZ this year…and he could even find a spot on the plane to Brazil.

    • Saracen says:

      was thinking same thing. +1

      • Ali Dia says:

        Of course he was watching. I’m sure JK made sure of it. Probably texted him a picture of the boys lifting the trophy with a message along the lines of “Have you thought any more about your decision yet?”. That’s what good recruiters do.

  19. Scott e Dio93 says:

    USNT being raid by the Vikings!

  20. AcidBurn says:

    US announcers and TV executives are already getting the Kevin Bacon references and screenshots ready for his debut.

    • louisz says:

      yeah, he does have a striking resemblems to the original “footloose”. I read somewher that he was actually a dancer when he was a teen, he even came out on tv.

  21. Remy says:

    Awesome! Success breeds success. Jürgen Klinsmann coaching success, philosophy and tactics with the USMNT attracts talented players that is the past would have decided to play for another country.

    • MesaATLien says:

      Let’s not forget that Bradley capped the most first-time players in history…not to understate Klinsmann’s achievements…

  22. KJ says:

    I feel badly for Iceland. More than I am excited about him joining the USMNT.

    • Josh D says:

      Don’t. They have three better strikers ahead of him. That’s why he hasn’t played yet. They have a golden generation.

      • SanFran415 says:

        He hasn’t played yet for them because when they called him up for the WCQ he hurt his groin.

      • 2tone says:

        Also he didn’t accept a call-up for their June WCQ games. While making a statement that he wanted to go to a USMNT camp first.

  23. SanFran415 says:

    Kid will instantly contend for a starting spot. He just scores goals. Period.

    3 goals in his first 5 games at AZ with Jozy.

    • Joe+G says:

      And he scored on Saturday in the Dutch SuperCup (and an assist).

    • louisz says:

      and he did it by playing as a sub. I think he was playing like hte 15-20 a game.

      • Josh says:

        Yes, he was mainly a sub. He will likely see more starts this year with Jozy out of the way, but an absolutely ridiculous goal scoring record when you put goals/minutes.

  24. Villain-from-Texas says:

    Glad that he’ll play for us, but can’t help but feel bad for Iceland.

  25. Joe says:

    I hope he’s got a good first touch. I’m worried he may be a little…footloose.

  26. Dean Stell says:

    Very cool. It’s nice to see guys wanting to play for us. We’ve got a lot of depth and that means (a) we’re pretty well covered if someone gets hurt and (b) everyone has to play pretty hard to maintain their position. You fall off at your club or don’t play well in camp and you’re not going to play.

  27. squirtlover says:

    The core belief of the United States is being “the land of opportunity.” Our roots and forefathers came here in search of something better then what they had where they where. I have no problem with players wanting to come to the NATS for the opportunity of being successful.

    Furthermore, I guess it suits our USMNT to become a microcosm of the entire USA’s history. We are a melting pot, and better because of the diversity, just like our soccer team will be.

  28. Jason says:

    Great news! Welcome to these Stars and Stripes. I guess the prospect of having Bjork in goal was not completely enticing to the young man. Well, thats human behavior for ya. If only we had an army of him.

    • Ali Dia says:

      This gave me a good laugh. I hope you were really stoned when you wrote it.

    • Joamiq says:

      Playing for Iceland would have been like playing for Pluto. He probably looked wistfully across the Atlantic and thought “America, shimmering and shining all neon like, I miss you. My head, my heart, all is full of love for you.”

  29. baropbop says:

    The clock is ticking on Herc. Wondow couldn’t keep his spot on the gold cup. Jozy could see a lot of bench next season…. AJ and Boyd looking like serious options

    • 2tone says:

      What Altidore is not going to see a lot of bench. Fletcher is injured which means that Jozy will be the man going into the season opener and has every chance to be the first choice striker.

      It astounds me that people come up with the craziest Shiite.

  30. biff says:

    This guy seems like the real deal, a player who could potentially turn out to be better than Jozy. So, yeah, hard not to be excited about him. That said, I am gonna feel real bad for the USMNT player who played his heart out helping the USMNT qualify for the World Cup but ends up sitting at home next summer to make room on the WC 2014 roster.

    • Gary Page says:

      Remember the 1998 team in France? That was much worse than anything that will happen for Brazil. Coach Sampson brought in some foreign guys who hadn’t played in any of the qualifiers and, IMO he completely screwed up the team chemistry. The US had like the worst record of all 32 teams as a result. I don’t think Klinsmann will make that mistake.

      • Brain Guy says:

        Can you say David Regis?

      • SanFran415 says:

        And John Harkes slept with a teammate’s wife.

      • Joamiq says:

        Regis’ first cap was at the end of May, 1998. Just crazy.

      • CplDaniel says:

        (Facepalm) THERE WAS NO WORLD CUP THAT YEAR.
        But I remember some Mexicans got really drunk and pissed out the eternal flame under the Arc’ D’ Triumph (which is the French equivalent to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier).

  31. Aaron says:

    Jump back! Let’s dance!

  32. Mike R says:

    The Lord giveth (Brooks&Johansen) and The Lord taketh away (Holden :( )

  33. Steve says:

    If football manager is any indication… This guy is going to do great things

  34. Dr_Babylon says:

    Suprised to see that Kevin Bacon hasn’t aged a but I’m thrilled he chose USMNT over Iceland!

  35. Travis says:

    The difference in opinion between this thread and the JAB one from over the weekend is crazy. So much positivity in here compared to that one.

    • Chef says:

      Seriously. I hope both do well, but wow what a difference.

    • Eurosnob says:

      Guys, let’s not blow things out of proportion – most USMNT fans are happy to see both JAB and AJ commit to the team. Yes, a couple of idiots questioned whether kids of American military are American enough to play for the USMNT, but they don’t speak for the entire fan base.

  36. Brain Guy says:

    Great news for the US, but do fans in Iceland have a bit of Giuseppe Rossi argument? Except for a year at the academy in Florida, Johannsson played all of his youth soccer in Iceland, and then represented Iceland on youth teams. Indeed, but for a groin injury, he might have been cap-tied to Iceland in 2012. I realize that unlike Rossi, he has chosen his birth country, but each of them has rejected the country where he grew up and learned to play.

    • Josh D says:

      I’m sure they feel that way. However, Aron for all his talent, was easily fourth in their striker depth charts. And each of those three in front of him are under the age of 25. Iceland has a really young team and a World Cup birth one day isn’t out of the question.

      • Brain Guy says:

        I wasn’t aware of the strength and depth of Iceland’s striker options. Maybe that will soften the blow for them. But I suspect they’re still disappointed. A good player is a good player.

  37. Ted in MN says:

    In many ways, this makes me feel guilty. It’s like bullying the small kid in school when you realize he’s got nice stuff. But #### that. Go America.

  38. Mike Santoro says:

    Herc, EJ, & Zusi better watch out. AJ and Lando are coming for their playing time

  39. THomas says:

    Guess winning the Gold Cup does have some benefits

  40. Erik says:

    Why are people even putting Eddie Johnson in the same breath as Johannsson? EJ isn’t national team starting quality. Sure put him in a Gold Cup against other B teams or shit national teams and he shines, but against top 20 national ranked teams he wouldn’t cut it. Failed at Cardiff, failed at Fulham, failed at Aris, failed at Preston. He failed with a LEAGUE ONE TEAM for fuck sake. He’s not a good player, has a terrible attitude.. He’s trash. He’ll never do anything outside of meaningless tournaments.

    If Klinsmann can convinced Shawn Parker to play for the USMNT then he will have truly captured a great player. The kid is projected to be a German National team player soon and has stated he hasn’t ruled out playing for the US if Germany doesn’t work out too well. That would be truly incredible. Nobody here has even mentioned Parker, weirdly enough, considering he’s probably a top 5 striker that the US could potentially have next year. Maybe the US can think about getting Adam Henley too, a very solid right back.

    Missing out on all of these dual citizens (Nevan Subotic, Rossi, Hangeland, etc.. thought Hangeland was never really an option because in his eyes he’s Norwegian). Seb Hines is a decent kid who could potentially play.. Bradley Johnson keeps running his mouth about playing for the US, but I think that’s him pissing in the wind because he has no citizen rights. He thinks because his grandparents are American he can obtain a passport like in the EU. lulz

    Anyways. Rant over. Johnson sucks. Welcome Aron. Get Parker.

    • SBI Troll says:

      Lol, how did this pass moderation?

    • MLS_Soccer_Talker says:

      ..moderator?..

    • Joamiq says:

      That’s a bit harsh – no need to attack EJ as a person. That said, I agree. This is the story of EJ’s national team career: he starts to play a bit, scores some goals, his head gets huge, he stops playing as a target striker and starts venturing out to the wing, destroying our shape and ceasing to be an option for service in the box, looking instead to take defenders on, and then losing the ball or realizing he doesn’t actually have one on one moves and passing it back. His form deteriorates and he gets dropped. After resuscitating his club form a bit, he gets called back up and the cycle starts anew. He cannot get it done against better competition. AJ is already miles ahead of him as a player. There’s a vast gap in class between them. Bringing EJ to Brazil would be a mistake.

      • The Squad says:

        Pretty good summation of EJ…

        Unforrtunately, the step-over thing against athletic pacey type guys (Concacaf) just does not work.

        EJ’s apparent strength is on the run pretty much one-on-one with the keeper somewhere on the edges of the box.

        He can beat a keeper this way. He’s got pretty good feet and some good accuracy when left alone.

        Truth be told, EJ has contributed some of the up-front athleticism missing since the days of Davies…

        The key word being some of course..

        He’s been serviceable in JKs system. Of course, now he has been to several camps and played in a number of games-so you just can’t remove him just because someone else shows up.

        Johannson is not competing with EJ in reality, he’s competing with Boyd.

        Johansson has to absorb the whole business of the USMNT and contribute to what is currently a winning formula, as does Brooks.

        They’ll be given a shot.

        But this is the real deal. A real deal played out a year before the World Cup.

    • Travis says:

      This got through the moderating?

      • louisz says:

        True EJ had issues in the past, but since last year he is a different player coming through in the clutch. I wouldn’t make a harsh decision based in his past, his current play should dictate if he is USMNT worthy.

        • Joamiq says:

          Current play? Look at yesterday. He was terrible. Easily our worst player.

        • Travis says:

          I wasnt referring to the actual content. I was more referencing all the swearing he did and still got posted. Meanwhile my post gets stuck in moderation for 8 hours cause I used the word gra$$

    • Joe+G says:

      Parker is provisionally cap-tied (like AJ), so it’s going to take some time, especially because he has another U21 cycle (I believe) available. It took Aron at least 6 months of serious consideration (and a couple of timely injuries) to be ready to switch. Parker sees the German NT in his sights and that’s hard to turn down if you think you are going to be good enough.

      Let’s get Julian Green and JAB in for the Bosnia match and see what develops from there.

  41. Icelander says:

    Well ,Im born in sweden both of my parents are Icelandic and i am to partiotic ,i would never even have conciderd playing for any other countries in iceland . My girlfreind lithuanian living in sweden ,dosent matter im very proud to be icelandic,but hey ,he isnt me,And i will support USA more from now on,but the thing is that iceland has a bit of a problem,because we have too many strikers,there is one playing for Tottenham,one for Ajax ,one for FC Copenhaguen,and he was angry not being choosen ,given that he was scoring more than one goal in each game in the danish league .I will never be able to understand his decion ,but if Iceland dosent qualify for World cup (Witch is very likley)I will say “GO USA” .

    • Annelid Gustator says:

      Heh-you have a nicer outlook on life than most USA fans.

    • Matt says:

      Sorry to hear about that (your girlfriend being Lithuanian)

      • Icelander says:

        Im not going to argue with an idiot

        • Icelander says:

          Bottom line is , that to me he is now american ,has nothing to do with Iceland,your are what you choose,thats life .

        • Kosh says:

          I think he was joking, but your response was AWESOME. Made me laugh out loud in my office.

          I nuderstand where you are coming from but in the global nature of the game these days this is the new play. While I understand your position you also have to appreciate (which I am sure you have) that Aron is American.

    • Joamiq says:

      Don’t worry, Iceland could definitely still qualify. Does Gylfi play as a striker for Iceland? He’s really not a striker… he is a damned good player though.

      • Andrew says:

        Not sure, but it’s seemed to me for some years now that Iceland is a whole nation of right backs and center forwards. Small countries can easily have player pools skewed toward one position or another, and Iceland is surprisingly deep at some positions (more high-level forwards than countries with 100 times their population) while completely lacking at others.

  42. CCJC says:

    Man, so loving the depth this USMNT has! Love that it increases competetion for positions. Players like corona, mix, MB90, D-Will, F.Johnny, Altidore, Boyd, Brooks, Chandler, Aron even Alfredo Morales will help solidify this team in the future. The future is bright!

  43. DaveInSLO says:

    Oh, Hell yes! What a great way to start the week. As an outsider looking in on this situation I really wasn’t holding out much hope that Aron would choose the USA…what a pleasant surprise.

  44. Bean says:

    Bandwagon

  45. Fischer says:

    In Iceland they call him Judas , But i know that in the icelandic team there was a player with Bosnian roots . So my question to icelanders is , what is the difference ? BTW we all know Germany is going to win in 2014 .

    • biff says:

      How much you wanna bet on that? Germany will not win a World Cup as long as Jogi Low is in charge. I predict right now Germany will not make it past the quarter-final, assuming that Low is still the coach.

    • biff says:

      How much you wanna bet on that? Germany will not win a World Cup as long as Jogi Low is in charge. I predict right now Germany will not make it past the quarter-final, @ssuming that Low is still coach.

    • biff says:

      And I will add, I truly believe that is is very much in the realm of possibilities that the USMNT will make it at least to the semi-finals in WC 2014.

      • DCUffda! says:

        Also, in the realm of possibilities – they don’t make it out of group.

        the Draw is everything for teams in US caliber.

        • louisz says:

          that! is the true at this stage of USMNT evolution but with a little luck we can do some serious damage to the powers to be.

  46. Apple Pie says:

    To the victor go the spoils. I’ve heard a lot about Aron and it’s exciting that the U.S. is becoming an attractive place for dual citizens who have a choice to make. it must be upsetting for Iceland but logically speaking, they can’t blame him for his decision. I think Squirtlover said it best, America is the land of opportunity and it fits our history well that Johansson sees more opportunity with the Nats. Being American means so much more than simply living your entire life in the continental United States. I know that Johansson’s case is much more complicated than that, but if he makes a choice to represent the States and is fully committed than I believe that we should embrace and support him. Anyways, Klinsmann can apparently do no wrong. After only about 2 years at the helm, he has completely transformed our program with potentially the deepest pool we’ve ever had. Hell, we could even stretch our win streak to 12 now. I can’t wait for the Bosnia game, who knows how many more players will have committed to the U.S. by then. Julian Green anyone?

    • David M says:

      Heck, we could probably naturalize a few Brazilians and deepen the player pool! Is it too late for Messi?

  47. Joe A. says:

    I’m a bit surprised at this to be honest. Great pickup for the U.S

  48. zztoppppp says:

    I think that he realized that his chances to ever compete in a major competition were very slim with Iceland, and he has been watching the USMNT play so well in the past 2 months, and it became a no-brainer for him.

  49. Vic says:

    Cap-tie him ASAP. I’d call him on next outing. We need more alternatives past Jozy

  50. John says:

    Even if he isn’t on the plane to Brazil, this is pretty big for the future. With it probably being the last cycle for Donovan, EJ, Gomez and Dempsey its good to lock down as many options as we can now. With that said perhaps some need to calm there exceptions a bit.

  51. AlexH says:

    With all of the dual nationals jumping on the USA bandwagon we need to schedule more “meaningless friendlies” to give people a chance to prove themselves. The USA is unusual in that its players are scattered hither and yon so we need opportunities to make apples vs. apples comparisons of players.

  52. Loks says:

    I’m glad he chose the USMT…hope he’s a great addition, however I can’t help but think about all the Mexican-American players, either born and raised here or just raised since infants here who have chosen Mexico rather than the country that raised them (USA).

    • louisz says:

      Heck, I know some Mexican-American fans that choose to follow “El TRI” rather than their birth homeland. For each their own.

      • beachbum says:

        I know some too, and I poke fun at them ALL the time whether the US has the better of Mexico or not on the field. For the same reasons some here are questioning Johannsson

        to each their own, no doubt, whatever side of this equation one falls on

  53. slowleftarm says:

    Absolute disgrace. This guy is not American, has zero connection to our country and has no business playing on the USMNT. It makes it a little less meaningful each time we engage in gimmicks like this, picking guys with tenuous ties (if that) instead of developing players here.

    Johannsson eyes an opportunity to possibly go to the world cup and earn a move to a bigger club and you guys fall all over yourselves to give him an opportunity. I wish more of my fellow USMNT team fans would have some self-respect. If we do well at the world cup, it’ll mean a lot less if we do with a bunch of foreigners in the lineup.

    • SanFran415 says:

      He is an American citizen. End of story.

    • Casey says:

      He was born here so technically he isn’t a foreigner.

    • Icelander says:

      You sound angry, but i Agree with you 100% ,But i will keep my eyes on USA , Many Icelanders call him Judas ,i think that is very stupid to say ,but i might support US a bit more from now on, Mabye he will come as an American tourist,i will never see him as an Icelander .

    • Lost in Space says:

      Anyone who holds US Citizenship…either through their parent, their birth on US Soil, Naturalization, or Marriage is welcome to represent the US. You may not like it or think it’s right….and you are welcome to your opinion….that is your right.
      But you need to realize that regardless of how citizenship is obtained they who hold it are AMERICAN…and have every right to represent this country if they are talented enough to do so.
      I would have thought that you would have learned from your comments on the JAB report the other day….but I guess some are truly slower than others.

    • Kosh says:

      But he IS an American. This dude can be PRESIDENT as long as he moves back here for a bit and yet he’s TOO FOREIGN to play a simple sport for the USA? For Pete’s sake folks, think this stuff through a bit.

    • Coco says:

      He was born in the USA. He’s an American citizen. He’s just as American as you are.

      Take your right-wing fanaticism back to free republic.

      • slowleftarm says:

        Someone who was born here while their parents happened to be studying here, then moved away at age one never to return is NOT as American as someone who has actually lived here their whole lives (or any portion of their lives for that matter). He’s an opportunist who thinks playing on the stage the USMNT can offer will help his club career. Personally, I’d rather his spot go to an actual American. Please stop with the nonsense. Thanks.

  54. Jay Bonds says:

    US fans jumping over a player who went from Aarhus to AZ. You’d think it was Zlatan or Ibisevic the association got to switch. Poor Klinsmann, has to keep getting average players from elsewhere since the system here cannot produce better talent.

    • Coco says:

      if you did your homework you would have known that Aron got offers from bigger leagues but decided that at this stage in his career it was better to take the next step up in quality so he could play more. If he made the leap to the Bundesliga and did not play it would not be good for his career.

      • slowleftarm says:

        Stop glorifying this average mercenary. Falling all over yourself. It’s pathetic.

      • Jay Bonds says:

        So you did your homework and you know he decided to move to AZ because you were there? Please, stop talking like you know anything. Rumors are not the same as a real transfer. AZ was the best tangible/REAL offer he got. Others were all talk nothing else.

  55. Josh says:

    Dumb Question. When is the USSF releasing the roster for the Bosnia match?

  56. The Squad says:

    Book is out on this kid National team-wise….

    Needs to get into a camp, mix with the players find a role on the team.

    JK called him in so he has a good feel for his ability to contribute ‘hypothetically’ but he needs to outplay the names in the current forward pool in real time.

    Folks bash the current forwards in the pool, but the mix has been their for some time now.

    If this kids the gamer everyone seems to think he is then excellent…

    If he’s spoken with JK, studied the system, opened himself to stepping up his game or even changing aspects of his game to fit what the USMNT needs him to do then great.

    Good luck to him and Brooks, at the very least-any thing he produces in camp can push the current forward pool.

    • Lost in Space says:

      While the current pool of strikers for the US has produced….there are some question marks, and it never hurts to have additional options. Of the current pool we have:
      Jozy – Clearly doing well (4 game scoring streak). Our current Hold-up striker
      Dempsey – Good in the hole playing off Jozy. Can also play Midfield
      Donovan – Good in the hole finding the pockets in the defense. Can also play midfield.
      EJ – OK as a target striker…can fill in wide
      Gomez – Recovering from a knee injury. Will have to get back on track or lose his spot.
      Boyd – Raw talent…but needs to put it together with the USNT.
      Agudelo – Needs a strong run and to stay healthy
      Wondo – Not even worth discussing.

      Johannson is basically on part already with Agudelo & Boyd. Gomez’s injury opens the door. If he or Agudelo/Boyd can show in the remaining camps that they are equal to EJ any 2 of the 3 could leapfrog into the WC squad.

  57. Jeremy Weaver says:

    I’m personally happy about Johannsson making this decision. First off this looks good for coach K and the USMNT we are actually getting players to commit to our team. Second I haven’t been impressed with Gomez at all, I really don’t see what K sees in him. Jozy has been the only forward in top form. I know some of you will say Wondo has played well but it was against inferior competition and when it comes to any team ranked above 100 in the FIFA rankings he disappears ( note I did not look up the teams actuall rankings so don’t go off on me if Cuba or Belize are ranked in the top 100). The more options the US has at forward that can actually score the better. I personally would rather have a young promising player than an older player that has proven they disappear when it counts (Wondo) hasn’t impressed me at all (Gomez) or is an enigma (EJ). This is my OPPINION but I would like to hear what other US fans have to say.

    • Bean says:

      Gomez has been good at times, and better than most other forwards. He’s been injured and is getting older. This seaon with the Xolos after his return from surgery will be revealing. Johansson adds much needed depth to our up and down pool of forwards. The spot will be his to earn, just like everyone else.

  58. Tom says:

    This is good news. I have read all the dual national comments and understand the “anti” argument some, to the “non-talent” component of this. To me, the standard should be if these plays would be able to, if they wanted to or were called, serve in the US military. Dual citizens can do so. Hence, they should also be able to play for national teams, which obviously includes soccer.

  59. PFG says:

    Give me your tired, your poor, your soccer players not good enough for their county.