- Date of BirthNovember 10, 1990
- HometownMobile, Ala.
- ClubAZ Alkmaar (Netherlands)
- World CupCaps: 1
- CareerCaps: 9
Aron Johannsson and current AZ Alkmaar teammate Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson were boyhood friends and teammates when with Knattspyrnudeild Breiðabliks in Iceland.
Johannsson has appeared in two games in 2014, subbing on in the 61st minute against Azerbaijan in the first game of the Send-Off Series on May 27 and also subbing on in the MNT's first game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Ghana on June 16 in the 22nd minute when Jozy Altidore went down with an injury. He scored in the 81st minute against Azerbaijan off of a corner kick from Brad Davis to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead.
Johannsson made six appearances in 2013, including two starts and one goal (Oct. 15 v Panama)
Youth National TeamsPlayed 10 games with Iceland’s U21 side, including eight qualifiers and Euro matches
ProfessionalIs at the top of his game, presently, having already scored 21 times in all competitions this season for AZ Alkmaar
Transferred to AZ Alkmaar in January 2013
Johannsson transferred to Danish club AGF, because his father and sister were moving there: "My sister and father were moving to Aarhus, in Denmark," he says. "My good friend Victor Palsson, who played for New York, used to play in Aarhus, and he called the guys and told them I was moving. I was the top scorer of the first division in Iceland, so they decided to give me a tryout. I did well and they gave me a contract.
Johannsson had to fight to be in the team at AGF (then in the first division), when he started. After seven-eight months, he started to see some playing time. His club won the league and then were promoted to Danish Superliga.
3 minutes 52 seconds was all it took Aron Johannsson from AGF to score 3 goals - fastest hat trick ever in the Danish Superliga
Johannsson began his professional career with Fjölnir Reykjavík (Iceland). He played in the top league in Iceland his first year, was relegated, and then started scoring during the next season in the first division. He earned a starting role at the top of the 2011-12 season, that led to his AGF trial, at which he earned a transfer.
He was 17 to 18 before he got his first contract, which was common in Iceland. In Iceland a player has to come up and get first-team playing time before they get a professional contract
Youth clubsPlayed for a time at the club Breiðablik UBK, one of the leading sporting clubs in Iceland While he maintained his ties to his native country, Johannsson spent the 2007-08 school year playing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy for the IMG Academy squad based in Bradenton, Fla. Graduated from High School at IMG
Career Club History Map
Road to the MNT
In October 2012, he was called into the Iceland team by head coach Lars Lagerback for a pair of world cup qualifiers; but injury prevented him from joining the team.
At AZ Alkmaar, he shared time with Jozy Altidore, who encouraged him to play for the U.S. under the watchful eye of U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer member Earnie Stewart - director of football at Alkmaar.On July 29, 2013, Aron posted on his Facebook page his intention to play for the U.S.
Accepted a call up for U.S. friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina, while his change of association request to FIFA came through on Aug. 13, 2013. Aron earned his first cap as a sub on August 14, 2013, during the Bosnia friendly.
With a tremendous knack for creating scoring chances, Johannsson was thrown into the fray for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad in the late summer of 2013. Shortly after his application to FIFA for a change of association was approved on Aug. 13, the former Iceland U-21 forward made his U.S. MNT debut the next day against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Johannsson then scored his first USA goal in the Hexagonal finale against Panama on Oct. 15, 2013.
-Scored in the 81st minute on May 27 against Azerbaijan off of a corner kick from Brad Davis to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead in the first game of the Send-Off Series ahead of the 2014 World Cup
-Scored a stoppage-time, game-winning goal in the USA’s 3-2 victory against Panama on Oct. 15, 2013, in the final match of the Hexagonal
-Garnered the fastest hat trick in the Danish Superliga with three goals in the first 3:50 of a 4-1 AGF Aarhus victory against AC Horsens on Aug. 27, 2012
-Was a member of IMG Academy’s 2007-08 Development Academy squad
2013: Signed with AZ Alkmaar in January, joining forces with future MNT teammate Jozy Altidore … Scored 11 goals in 18 games in the 2013 portion of the 2013-14 Dutch Eredivisie … 2012: Scored the fastest hat trick in the Danish Superliga, scoring three goals in the first 3:50 of a match – and tallying a fourth later in the first half – as AGF Aarhus defeated AC Horsens 4-1 on Aug. 27 … Scored 14 goals in Superliga play in his final season with AGF Aarhus … 2010: Joined AGF Aarhus in August … 2009: Scored 12 goals during the Urvalsdeild campaign … 2008: Made his professional debut for Fjolnir in the Urvalsdeild in Iceland.