On Monday, U.S. Soccer announced the five nominees for 2015 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year. This year's nominees include midfielder Michael Bradley, forward Clint Dempsey, goalkeeper Brad Guzan, and defenders Fabian Johnson and DeAndre Yedlin. This week, ussoccer.com will make a case to the voting committee for each of the candidates. Today is two-time nominee Fabian Johnson.
One of the most cultured players on the U.S. roster, Fabian Johnson recorded a personal-best 13 caps in an ever-expanding role with the U.S. MNT in 2015. Johnson’s lone tally of the year proved to be an important one, serving as the MNT’s first game-winning goal in its 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign on Nov. 13 against St. Vincent and The Grenadines.
Johnson saw action in back-to-back MNT victories against the Netherlands and No.1-ranked Germany in June. He also added an assist with a perfectly placed ball for a Gyasi Zardes tally against Cuba on July 18th in the quarterfinal of the Gold Cup.
The 28-year-old delivered one of the most prolific months for a U.S. international in history. From Nov. 3 through Dec. 5, Johnson scored a combined six goals for club and country during a span of eight matches. Johnson tallied a remarkable four goals during a three-game goal streak for Borussia Moenchengladbach from Nov. 25 through Dec. 5, including a tremendous strike against Sevilla in the Champions League and an insurance marker against previously undefeated and defending league champion Bayern Munich.
Johnson has registered six goals through 33 games with ‘Gladbach in 2015, splitting time between roles on the back line and more recently at midfield.