BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Aron Johannsson's change of association application was approved on Tuesday by FIFA which cleared him to play for the U.S team and permanently tied him to U.S Soccer.
Johannsson, 22, filed his one-time switch on August 1 to leave the Icelandic program and represent the United States internationally. The AZ Alkmaar forward was born in Mobile, Alabama while his Icelandic parents were studying at the University of South Alabama. They moved back to Iceland when he was three.
Johannsson had a breakout season last year with Danish Superliga club AGF Aarhus and transferred to AZ Alkmaar in January. At the time he was leading the Superliga in goals. He spent most of his first season with AZ recovering from hernia surgery but scored three goals in his five appearance playing behind Jozy Altidore.
With Altidore having moved to Sunderland, Johannsson has become AZ's top forward and has three goals in three games so far this year.
With his switch approved, Johannsson could make his U.S debut on Wednesday against Bosnia.