Dual-Nationality Footballer Chooses Team USA - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Dual-Nationality Footballer Chooses Team USA

Published July 29, 2013

Icelandic-American footballer Aron Jóhannsson has decided to play for the US national soccer team rather than the Icelandic one, mbl.is reports.

The 22 year old footballer has released a statement saying he’s chosen to play for Team USA, which ranks 22 on FIFA’s list while the Icelandic men’s football team is in 73rd place.

Aron, who holds a dual citizenship, started his youth career at his local club, Fjölnir in Reykjavík, and played for the team in the Icelandic Premier League in 2008. From 2010 to 2012 he played for Danish team AGF Århus but took position as striker with Dutch team AZ Alkmaar last January.

Aron received his first call-up for the Icelandic national team in October 2012 but couldn’t participate due to injury. However, the US team was also keen on getting Aron onboard as its manager, Jurgen Klinsmann, admitted he was keeping a close eye on Aron in May.

As soon as Aron has played one game for either national team, he won’t be eligible for the other team any more.

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