- Date of BirthDecember 11, 1987
- HometownMunich, Germany
- ClubBorussia Moenchengladbach (Germany)
- World CupCaps: 4
- CareerCaps: 26
MNTIn 2014, Johnson has recorded a goal against Turkey and an assist against Nigeria, both 2-1 victories during the Send-Off Series ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He has started seven games for the U.S., including all four games for MNT in the 2014 FIFA World Cup
Johnson started eight games for the U.S. in 2013, seeing time all over the field, playing left and right back as well as left midfield.
He started at right back in the the team’s 2-0 win over Mexico in Columbus on Sept. 10, but pulled a right hamstring and was substituted at half.
Johnson started eight games for the U.S. in 2012, becoming a regular with the national squad and positioning himself as a key player for the final round of the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.
He made two appearances in 2011, including one start, for the U.S., earning his first cap in the 1-0 loss against France on Nov. 11 after coming on as a second-half substitute. Johnson joined training camp for the matches against Costa Rica on Sept. 2 and Belgium on Sept. 6, but had not yet received approval for a change of association.
Youth National Teams (Germany)During his youth development, Johnson played on every German youth national team including U-17, U-18, U-19, U-20 and U-21, which included the 2009 European title, for a total of 25 games with German Youth National Teams.
ProfessionalIn early 2014, there were rumors that German club Borussia Moenchengladbach were interested in signing Johnson, but Hoffenheim made clear they want to hold onto him. He has since said that he plans to leave the club after the season. He suffered a broken metacarpus on his right hand in Hoffenheim’s 4-0 loss to FC Nurnberg on January 25 and doctors operated on it the next day, inserting screws and making a special protective brace so he could return quickly to action. Johnson started six out of first seven games of the 2013-14 season before a recurring ankle injury limited his playing time in October and November. He started two more games and substituted in for four others for a total of 12 appearances in the first half (17 games) of the Bundesliga season before the winter break.
Johnson started 30 out of 34 Bundesliga games in 2012-2013 for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and played as a substitute in one other game. He scored goals in back-to-back games in Week 4 and 5 of the season, including the equalizing goal in an eventual 3-1 victory over Hannover 96. The next week, Johnson scored the final goal in a 3-0 triumph over VfB Stuttgart.
He played in 29 league games during 2011-2012, his first year in Hoffenheim, with two goals and five assists. Johnson scored against Hamburger SV on April 11 in 4-0 victory and notched his first Bundesliga goal in a 3-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund on Jan. 28. He delivered a pair of assists to Vedad Ibisevic in Hoffenheim’s 2-0 win at Nürnberg on Dec. 10, and added an assist in the 1-0 win against Borussia Monchengladbach on Oct. 22 and in the 2-0 win against Ausburg on Aug. 20. He made his debut for Hoffenheim on July 30, in the DFB Deutsch Cup match against Germania Windeck, when he came on as a second-half substitute and scored a goal in the 3-1 win. Johnson joined TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on June 3, 2011 on a three-year deal from VfL Wolfsburg.
Johnson started one game out of the six matches he played in for Wolfsburg in 2010-2011, but he struggled to displace long-time Wolfsburg defenders Marcel Schäfer and Sascha Riether out of their starting jobs.
He played in 10 league games for Wolfsburg in 2009-2010, starting four of those. Johnson tallied his first goal for Wolfsburg in the 2-2 tie against Freiburg on Dec. 5, 2009, when he scored the second equalizer. He joined VfB Wolfsburg on July 14, 2009.
Johnson increased his career high for games played to 33, all starts, for 18060 Munich in 2008-2009, and scored two goals. He notched Munich’s third goal in the 5-1 rout of St. Pauli on March 1, 2009 and scored the opening goal in his side’s 3-0 win against FSV Frankfurt.
Johnson played a career-high 28 games and scored his first professional goals for Munich in 2007-2008. He added a goal in stoppage time to seal the equalizer in the 1-1 draw against Erzgebirge on May 18, 2008 and scored his first goal on Aug. 26, 2007, in the 3-0 win against Hoffenheim.
Made 25 appearances for 1860 Munich in 2006-2007, his first full season at the senior level. Johnson was promoted to the first team of 1860 Munich in July of 2006 after spending 10 years with the club at the youth level.
Youth clubsAs a youth, Johnson grew up in a southern suburb of Munich called Giesing. He joined a youth club at age four called Sportfreunde Munich and at age nine switched to the bigger, more well-known club TSV 1860 Munich – nicknamed “Die Loewen”, The Lions. It’s with TSV that he first made his pro debut on December 11, 2004 in a regional league game.
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Road to the MNT
With the passing of FIFA’s new rule allowing for a change of association if no official Senior National Team games have been played for a country, Johnson was able to petition to play for the United States in 2011. Coach Juergen Klinsmann, aware the Johnson had earned a starting defender’s role with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at the start of the 2011-12 Bundesliga season, called him up to play in a friendly against France at Stade de France. Johnson was the first player to utilize the FIFA rule change to switch alligiance to the United States.
A stalwart at both midfield and defense, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has utilized Johnson’s versatility through the USA’s qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Johnson became a part of the U.S. National Team after having a change of association request granted by FIFA. Born to an American serviceman and German mother, in Munich, Johnson initially played for Germany at the youth national team level, earning a medal as Germany captured the 2009 U-21 European Championship. He earned his first U.S. MNT cap against France in 2011.
-Started all four games for MNT in the 2014 FIFA World Cup at right back
-Recorded a goal against Turkey and an assist against Nigeria, both 2-1 victories during the Send-Off Series ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup
-Ranked third on the U.S. MNT and set a personal best with three assists in 2013, including two game-winning assists to Jozy Altidore in World Cup qualifiers against Panama on June 11 and Honduras on June 18
-Led Hoffenheim with four assists during the 2012-13 Bundesliga campaign
-Earned his first cap for the U.S. when he entered as a substitute on Nov. 11, 2011, against France
-Granted approval for a change of association by FIFA in the fall of 2011
-Holds both a German and USA passport and has represented Germany at the youth level