US SOCCER REACTS TO JOHANNSSON
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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, July 30, 2013
US Soccer has begun the process of Aron Johannsson's application for a one-time switch to leave the Icelandic program and represent the United States in international competition.

This morning, U.S Soccer submitted Johannsson's one-time switch to FIFA but at this time it remains unclear exactly how long the process will take. In the past the process has varied from weeks to months to complete.

"Aron Johannson informed U.S. Soccer of his desire to apply for a change of association to represent the United States in international competition," US Soccer press officer Michael Kammerman told YA on Tuesday. "We submitted the petition to FIFA this morning and look forward to the successful completion of the process."

"We are excited that Aron has chosen to pursue his international career with the United States. We have been in contact with him for the last several months," said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. "He is a great young talent with a bright future, and we look forward to introducing him to our team as soon as possible."

Until the switch is completed, however, Johannsson cannot represent either team.

US Soccer added: "The expectation is that regardless of whether it is completed, Johannson will be invited to join the team for the game against Bosnia on Aug. 14 in Sarajevo."

Johannsson, 22, was born in Mobile, Alabama while his Icelandic parents were studying at the University of South Alabama. He moved back to Iceland at the age of four and has represented Iceland at the U-21 level in official competitions. To represent the United States he would need to file a one-time switch with FIFA.

While Iceland's FA today released an angry statement pressuring Johannsson to change they cannot delay the process. Under the rules, their FA is required to turn over all necessary documentation.
merritt
Thursday August 1, 2013 7:52 pm
He is a very successful young striker if I am not mistaken.
recycledhumans
Thursday August 1, 2013 3:18 pm
@ Sam, agreeing with MSantoine, if you haven't heard about this kid you must not frequent this site or anything USMNT-discussion related.
USAGunner
Thursday August 1, 2013 9:29 am
some people will complain about anything...
John
Wednesday July 31, 2013 6:55 pm
Position would be nice information for those of us
Catching up. "Central midfielder, striker.......
MSantoine
Wednesday July 31, 2013 3:38 pm
This is the second article on him this week. If you read the first one you'd know about him
Derek
Wednesday July 31, 2013 2:56 pm
Sam, you should have read the very beginning where he said Icelandic. Did you not know that meant Iceland?
Sam
Wednesday July 31, 2013 11:25 am
You didn't mention the player's other national team option until the second to last paragraph. Pretty confusing and frustrating to make you wait till the end to find out what other country the player has represented.
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