One of the shining performers in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Johnson established himself as one of the premier right backs. Having been a stalwart in both midfield and defense, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann 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. After helping Hoffenheim gain prominence, he transferred to legendary Bundesliga club Borussia Moenchengladbach.
- Started all four games for MNT in the 2014 FIFA World Cup at right back
- 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
2015: Named to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying roster, scoring in the first match of the semifinal round against St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Nov. 13... Named to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster... Has played and started five matches for the MNT this year... Recorded the assist on Gyasi Zardes' goal in historic 4-3 victory against Netherlands on June 5... 2014: One of the standout right backs at the World Cup, he started all four matches … 2014: Made a career-high 11 appearances, all as a starter ... 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 ... 2013: Posted three assists – third-most on the team and a career-high – while making eight appearances for 581 minutes of action … Had back-to-back, game-winning assists in World Cup qualifying, dishing to Jozy Altidore during a 2-0 victory against Panama on June 11 in Seattle, followed by another assist to Altidore for a 1-0 USA win against Honduras on June 18 in Sandy, Utah … Assisted Altidore’s game-tying goal during an eventual 4-3 victory against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Aug. 14 in Sarajevo ... 2012: Got his first taste of official competition for the USA, playing in three World Cup qualifiers … A calf injury kept him out of the Antigua & Barbuda match, but he returned to start in the 1-1 draw in Guatemala on June 12 … He set up Dempsey’s goal in that game, slipping him a ball just outside the area … Notched his first career point when he clipped a cross to Herculez Gomez for a goal in the 4-1 loss to Brazil … Had a solid performance in the 2-2 draw against ninth-ranked Russia on Nov. 14 in Krasnodar … 2011: Made two appearances, including one start, for the U.S. … Earned his first cap in the 1-0 loss against France on Nov. 11 as a second-half substitute … 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 … First Appearance: Nov. 11, 2011, vs. France … First Goal: June 1, 2014, v. Turkey