AZ Alkmaar’s Icelandic striker Aron Jóhannsson has opted to represent the USA instead of Iceland. Aron Jóhannsson, who holds dual citizenship, was born in Mobile, Alabama and has chosen to represent the country of his birth following an appeal from USA boss Jurgen Klinsmann.
The forward, whose strike partner at AZ used to be US international Jozy Altidore, revealed his decision on his Facebook page. He wrote that he has opted to play for the US football team, adding that he was fortunate to have dual citizenship which gave him the chance to choose between the two countries.
He went on to explain that it wasn’t an easy or a hasty decision because he had to choose between two good national teams. He also thanked the Icelandic coaches for showing interest in him and wished them all the best for the future.
The 22-year-old has represent Iceland’s under-21s on 10 occasions, scoring one goal, but as he has not been capped for the full international side, he is able to switch allegiances. He joined AZ last January and has netted three times in five games to date.
Altidore said earlier in the year that Aron would be a good addition to the Team USA. He said that he thought the striker was still in two minds, but pointed out that the opportunity to play in the World Cup could sway him in the direction of the US.