Forward Aron Johannsson’s Change of Association Approved by FIFA
Former Iceland U-21 Player Eligible to Play for USA as Team Prepares for Aug. 14 International Friendly Against Bosnia-Herzegovina
CHICAGO (Aug. 13, 2013) – Forward Aron Johannsson’s application to FIFA for a change of association was approved today, and he is now eligible to play for the U.S. Men’s National Team. Johannsson formerly represented Iceland at the U-21 level.
Johannsson is an available option for U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann as the team prepares for its international friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Asim Ferhatovic Hase Stadium in Sarajevo.
“We are obviously very thrilled for Aron,” Klinsmann said. “It’s an exciting time for him. He’s done a great job in these couple days getting to know the guys. Hopefully if the game goes well tomorrow night, there will be a chance for him to make his debut with the U.S. National Team.”
“I’m super happy,” said Johannsson. “When I came here, I didn’t expect that I was going to be eligible to play. The coach told me right after training that the approval came through. I’m very excited.”
Johannsson was born in Mobile, Ala., and his family moved to Iceland when he was 3 years old. The 22-year-old striker plays professionally for AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands’ Eredivisie.
The USA faces 13th-ranked Bosnia-Herzegovina at 2:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. local) on Wednesday and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.
The U.S. MNT is currently riding a record-setting 11-match winning streak.